- Being Nominated for Ireland's Top Beauty Read Here
- Adam, the Youngest Gorgebag being given Student of the Year for his Sports Contribution (!)
- Diesel having his first at home mani/pedi/groom in the Mobile Madra Groomer
- Speaking in front of a crowded @DubNetBiz about Social Media and Online Presence and not choking or falling down steps in the process.
But, the truth is, nothing can outshine Saturday evening and especially Saturday night for the Schvister and I as we dolled up and popped along to the 11th IFTA Awards in The Double Tree Hilton, Thanks to The Loop in Dublin Airport.
We started with Champers, lunch and MAC makeovers in Terminal 1 of the Airport, had it not been for the excitement of possibly catching a glimpse of some movie faves then I'd have wept at the cruelty of going to the airport without ever leaving the tarmac. Truth be told though, Lisa from the Loop and Rebecca Todd (MAC's Asst Mgr) made us feel and look like a million bucks. Thanks Gals.
|In our room at The Double Tree, adding the final touches|
The Double Tree Hilton was a hive of activity when we arrived to check in. Cars pulled up, guests leapt out and the crowd cheered. The legend himself, Colm Meaney was diligently signing every single autograph and thanking everyone for coming out to see the show. He's the only one we saw, a lone legendary wolf, though we were rushing.
|Behind the scenes at the IFTA red carpet|
Arrivals to the red carpet started at 5pm and went on for one hour before a small army of bell ringing men were sent out to round up the herds and get us to our seats, of which there were very, very many. (See top pic for ONE THIRD of the room). Air kisses given, cross bar salutes done and it was bums on seats and doors locked at 6pm, we were all set for the off. The off never came.
|Moet at every table and topped up on the regular WITH free wine of choice|
Tables were beautifully adorned and Ruby Woo stuffed MAC goody bags were nestled on chairs (more on that later). It would be very hard to quantify the amount of free drink that flowed on Saturday evening but I'm going to go with 'A whole hape' - that sounds right.
|President Michael D accepting his award|
While yes, there was a great buzz in the room on the build up to the awards and the drink was flowing like bejebus, it has to be pointed out that there was zero soakage. Not a bite. There had been tales told of bread rolls as we sat down but nay a sighting of one. The noise production in the room was so bad and the starting delayed so long that it took several moments before anyone realised we had.
Truly, if you think the noise was bad on the TV, it was NATHIN' compared to in the room. It seemed the entire and vast audience were individually mic'd. We could barely make out as nominees announced and winners awarded.
The cameras and TVs set up around the room were completely out of sync and often not working at all so it was difficult to tell if there was someone on one of two of the tiny stages unless it was a bigger star and the entire audience hushed, even us sub-human hangers on that Irish meeja has referred to over the past few days. Thanks, Lads.
After several retakes, a lot of false starts, almost every joke falling flat, many cries for food, ALL the glasses refilled for the umpteenth time, the cold starter being served at 10pm and subsequently forgotten (only to be followed by a main at 11.25pm), the award ceremony came to an end and that's when the fun started.
Ready for pics?
|First time wearing MAC's Ruby Woo - Will NOT be my last!|
|Any beauty lover worth her salt will appreciate a snap of a well stocked IFTA Loo|
|First stop at the bar was a chance encounter with Domhnall Gleeson & Jack Traynor|
Some of the most amiable peeps I'd the pleasure to meet on the night. I told Domhnall briefly about watching About Time with my Pops when he was ill and thanking him for a cracking film, he was most concerned with how my Dad was now and if he had made a full recovery (true gent). I apologised to Jack for asking an awkward question at the Press Screening of What Richard Did, he remembered immediately and forgave me. High fives all 'round.
|Andrew Scott THRILLED to hear that the Eldest Gorgebag is his biggest fan - his Sis was sound too!|
|King Nidgey AKA Tom Vaughan-Lawlor having the craic with the Sis.|
|Do I need a caption? No, No I don't. (Calvary won BIG on the night though)|
|The county's second First Lady and one of the funniest Twitterers I've had the pleasure to meet IRL - HUBES!|
|Couldn't resist a Jamie Dornan snap|
I asked the man of the moment, Jamie Dornan if he's taking it easy with a new little one in the house or going all out to celebrate. He still hadn't decided. F yer I - he smells incredible!
|All credit to the little Sis, she grabbed Fassy first!|
Fancy winning my MAC Ruby Woo
Goody Bag from the evening?
Right this way so... x
Goody Bag from the evening?
Right this way so... x
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— CherrySue (@ItsCherrySue) April 7, 2014