Going back to my home Dublin for the Irish Film & Television Awards

From Fassbender, Farrell & Philomena to celebrating the crème of Irish Fashion Talent in the UK during the historic President’s State Visit, it’s been one hell of a week.

After Friday’s This Morning it was a quick dash to Heathrow as I travelled to Dublin for the 2014 Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTAS), which took place on Saturday evening. It’s always a fun night catching up with old friends and colleagues. Michael Fassbender, Andrew Scott, Colin Farrell and Fifty Shades of Grey hunk Jamie Dornan provided the eye candy with the former Calvin Klein model, and Jamie was awarded Best TV actor as well as Rising Star for his role as a serial killer in the drama The Fall.

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Fassbender, who was in good spirits, took home the IFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 12 Years a Slave. One of the big winners of the night was Philomena which won three awards. Accompanying Steve Coogan was the real Philomena Lee, who for my money was the highlight of the night. Ever humble she said, “I love being home in my country… we never even thought we were going to get invited to this. We are so lucky. We’re so proud to be back to Ireland.” What a lady!

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In the fashion stakes, Laura Whitmore, who was on co-hosting duties, looked stunning in a full-length white dress with red floral appliqué from John Rocha’s SS14 collection. Most of the men wore traditional black tie, which I eschewed, instead wearing a three-piece check suit from my first capsule collection of suits with tailor Louis Copeland.

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On Wednesday, as part of the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins’ historic State visit to Britain, I was honoured to attend a private lunch at the Embassy of Ireland to celebrate established and emerging Irish fashion talent in the UK. Sabina, the President’s wife, was the guest of Honour and it was a real treat to be there. Among the small group was Simone Rocha, Orla Kiely, Louise Kennedy, Paul Costelloe, Sorcha O’ Raghallaigh, Daneille Romeril, and Central St Martins course director Louise Wilson. The four-day State visit, the first ever of an Irish President, is to reciprocate the Queen’s visit to Ireland in 2011. What a brilliant week. It really felt like we were a part of history in the making.

Now I’m off to catch up on some zzzzzzzz’s.

Darren x

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