Happy feet in Arnotts


THE SOCIAL NETWORK:Brendan Courtney was walking on broken glass at the launch of the Arnotts Shoe Garden on Tuesday evening. The Off the Rails presenter bumped into a waiter carrying glasses; one of them fell to smithereens and Courtney walked on the debris by accident.

The Shoe Garden was opened by the singer and television presenter Alesha Dixon. The Strictly Come Dancing winner was driven down Henry Street in a Mercedes. She returns as a judge on the Britain’s Got Talent auditions in January. She said she loves wearing nude-coloured shoes and recommends them to women who want to make their legs look longer.

The fashion show was well choreographed; Dixon popped on to the catwalk at the end and displayed a few Strictly Come Dancing moves.

Virginia Macari was taking two hours off from minding her baby boy, Thor. She and fellow Dublin Wives star Roz Flanagan had a go on one of the Shoe Garden swings.

The actor Leigh Arnold wheeled around her son, Hunter James. Her father, the developer David Arnold, is selling a collection of modern Irish art in November with Bonhams auction house.

The former Miss Ireland Andrea Roche, who married Rob White this summer, looked stunning in black. She accompanied her friend Tara O’Connor-Reynolds, the stylist.

The RTÉ weather presenter Nuala Carey was looking forward to hosting a table at Glunch, a fundraising lunch for Gúna Nua Theatre Company, at La Stampa yesterday.


Arnotts CEO Nigel Blow; Arnotts chairman Mark Schwartz; barrister Helen McCarthy, who was looking for a pair of shoes to go with her taupe Joanne Hynes leather jacket; chef Clodagh McKenna; TV3’s Karen Koster; author Amanda Brunker; TV presenters Diana Bunici, Pippa O’Connor and Brian Ormond.