Here’s Johnny! Baron of boomtime returns
IF ANY evidence were needed that the good times are back – the sight of Johnny Ronan, below, drinking and dining in The Ivy restaurant this week proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the bon viveur is indeed enjoying a new dawn.
The bearded buccaneer, who has of late been spending a great deal of time cycling around Majorca, traded his lycra shorts for his business attire as he pitched up in the new celeb haunt for lunch this week.
The pint-sized developer downed goblet-sized glasses of expensive red vino and he was in high spirits as he soaked up the atmosphere with a female companion. Brian Ormond and Pippa O’Connor were also there on the same day, as was Andrea Roche and her LAdwelling friend, stylist Lisa Fitzpatrick. Ronan was spotted appearing back to his largerthan-life self, ‘buying drinks for other tables’ in a valiant bid to reassert his reputation as the bearded billionaire-about-town. Meanwhile, Nicky Byrne treated his wife Georgina to a slap-up meal at the restaurant to celebrate 15 years of wedded bliss on Friday evening. And while the celeb set are beating a path to the restaurant, we can happily report that it was also full of the hoi polloi as it operates a comeone come-all policy.