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The Insider (The Herald)

TOP model Pippa O’Connor certainly changed her views on the delights of Donegal on last night’s Celebrity Bainisteoir.

The Star, 10 September 2012

The star-filled programme hit our small screens for the first time over the weekend, with lots of drama in store for viewers with the Kildare model not holding back for the cameras.

She was tasked with coaching the team of Ballinora in Co Donegal, but was less-than-impressed with the initial choice.

And she has admitted it wouldn’t have been her first choice at all. “When I first found out I was been sent to Donegal I was furious,” she said. “The thought of all the driving up and down, the bad weather when I’d been there before just turned me off. But actually it was the best thing that could have happened.

“The reaction I got from the team and club when they found out I was to be their manager completely made up for it.” She added how everyone has been “brilliant” so far and she’s determined to take her club all the way to the final.

•The latest offerings from high street store Karen Millen will be unveiled at an invite-only event tomorrow.

Members of the fashion press have been invited to the Rubicon Gallery on St Stephen’s Green for the colourful event, which will see all the hottest looks unveiled for the coming months.

Meanwhile, the style posse will be heading out to Dundrum at the end of this month for the Harvey Nichols AW12 fashion show.

All the hottest looks of the season ill be shown off at the invite-only event, with organisers hosting two events on September 26 — an early show at 7pm preceded by a drinks reception with another show at 8.30pm.

•Dublin ballerina Monica Loughman is busy preparing for her upcoming production at the National Concert Hall. Entitled Masterpieces Of World Opera And Ballet, among the stars performing at the September 22 and 23 event will be Melissa Hamilton, a rising star of the Royal Ballet. It will feature excerpts from such classics as Swan Lake, the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote. Tickets for the one-off events are from €20-€35.

•There was no shortage of revellers toasting Ireland’s first ever Craft Beer Festival over the weekend at the RDS. The event was the culmination of the inaugural beer week and featured over 20 Irish craft breweries, craft cider producers and lots of artisan food and music.

Thousands of beer lovers thronged the venue looking to sample lots of new tipples while soaking up some of the atmosphere.

Meanwhile this week it’s the turn of the Argentinian wines.

Wine makers Dona Paula is this evening hosting an invite-only event in the Butcher Grill restaurant in Ranelagh as they show off all their latest collection. They’ll be having an “Argentinian feast” for guests, with winemaker Edgardo Del Popolo explaining the intricacies of the various tipples.

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Pippa Collection