Wet, wet, wet as the grandees pitch up at the Oriel

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - FRONT PAGE -

He hasn’t gone away, you know. Michael Col­gan was at the fancy un­veil­ing of Ni­cholas Hely Hutchin­son’s new ex­hi­bi­tion, From Dublin to Con­nemara, at the Oriel last Thurs­day evening. The for­mer Gate The­atre im­pre­sario had hot-footed it straight from a re­cep­tion at­tended by Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins.

Speak­ing of pres­i­dents, the ex­hi­bi­tion on Clare Street was opened by Dr Mar­garet Downes, first fe­male pres­i­dent of the In­sti­tute of Char­tered Ac­coun­tants and one of the first fe­male Bank of Ire­land di­rec­tors. Ni­cholas came with his wife Fifi. Ni­cholas’s brother, the Hon­ourable Tim Hely Hutchin­son, CEO of Ha­chette UK, at­tended, as did the artist’s un­cle, Mark Hely Hutchin­son, for­mer CEO of Bank of Ire­land.

This is to say noth­ing of other grandees such as Lord Charles Hem­phill, 6th Baron of Hem­phill, and Dr Peter Boy­lan. Nat­u­rally, Mark Nulty (son of Oriel founder Oliver Nulty) and his lovely wife Mandy Wil­liams were also in chic at­ten­dance. The lat­ter blonde beauty told your di­arist: “The weather tonight is par­tic­u­larly grim. But ev­ery­one who came swapped their um­brel­las for a glass of wine and bus­ied them­selves with chat­ting and view­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion.”

The weather on the night cer­tainly wouldn’t have been out of place on a cold, wet, mis­er­able evening in the west of Ire­land.

So, in that sense, given the ti­tle of the ex­hi­bi­tion, From Dublin To Con­nemara, the in­clement weather was per­fect, like Mandy Wil­liams’s hair on the night, per­haps.

Mandy Wil­liams shows off her per­fect hair at the ex­hi­bi­tion

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