Here’s Johnny! Baron of boom­time re­turns

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - OUT AND ABOUT -

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.

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