Mattie’s never stuck for words...even in Italian
Miriam Lord’s Week: Mattie McGrath’s upsetting episode; Bruton rocks out; Bertie’s Campbell support and Adams sits tight at vets evening
Sen Catherine Noone at the Oireachtas charity fashion show in support of Motor Neurone Disease Research held in the Shelbourne Hotel.
News has reached us of a distressing episode involving Mattie McGrath, his suitcase and a revolving door.
It happened last Thursday week, but news only reached the gossip merchants in the members bar when Dail business resumed on Tuesday.
Before the event, Barrett happened to bump into Mattie, who had finished for the week in Leinster House and was about to head home to Clonmel. The Ceann Comhairle mentioned there was a spare seat at the dinner, if he fancied coming along.
No better man, sez Mattie.
So up he rolled to the Shelbourne at the appointed hour, pulling his little wheelie case behind him. He looked very continental in his overcoat and fedora with a feather in the band.
McGrath pushed his way around the revolving door. But the case got caught and Mattie was stuck. Couldn’t get in and couldn’t get out.
‘Here to ate’
Staff rushed to help. “I’m here to ate!” he cried, getting more excited and speaking even faster than usual as the rescue operation swung into action.
With trademark efficiency, the Shelbourne front of house people freed Mattie, who, at this stage, was talking nineteen to the dozen as the feather in his hat nodded in time.
What with the suitcase, stylish headgear and rapid chirping, it appears Mattie was temporarily mistaken for an Italian. Somebody proposed sending for an interpreter so the valued guest could be put at his ease.
But it all worked out in the end and a lovely evening was had by all, including the dashing independent deputy for Tipperary South, Matteo McGraziano.
Adams sits tight at evening for US army vets
Gerry Adams visited Washington and New York during his recent trip to America. He was busy tweeting snaps of this travels, including pictures of pumpkins: (“great with tripe”), Central Park and the obligatory snap of Capitol Hill.
As he was in town, Adams was invited to speak at the Irish Echo’s annual “Irish Labor” celebratory dinner. He attended with Rita O’Hare, Sinn Féin’s representative in America and a woman with impeccable republican credentials.
Irish Echo editor Ray O’Hanlon mentioned in his speech it was Veterans’ Weekend - a time when US military veterans are honoured.
Rita decided to have a laugh and attempted to make Gerry stand up and acknowledge the applause as a military “veteran” himself.
Bruton is a model Minister
By all accounts, Tuesday’s Oireachtas Fashion Show was both a runway and runaway success, raising much needed funds for Motor Neurone research.
Ministers, TDs and senators sportily took to modelling duties in the Shelbourne Hotel and clomped elegantly down the catwalk for the cameras.
The women, to be fair to them, did wonderfully well. The men hammed it up for all they were worth.
Among the gorgeous gowns – Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s diaphanous white chiffon creation and Avril Power’s blue, slashed to the thigh, evening dress come to mind – the stand out design was a luscious green silk number worn by Senator Catherine Noone.