TV presenter Claire Byrne walked the red carpet with her new boyfriend Gerry Scollan on Friday night at the glamorous VIP Style Awards. The pair have been dating for a couple of months and she joked that she made him run the gauntlet in front of a room full of photographers.
She said: "I'm here with Gerry. Poor Gerry, he had to run the gauntlet tonight. I felt a bit sorry for him. We're together a couple of months. We're looking forward to a good night."
Other guests at the awards in Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel included Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, Grainne Seoige, Lottie and Bonnie Ryan and Layla Flaherty. Cecelia Ahern did not make an appearance last night despite her nomination in the Most Stylish Couple category. And Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter brought her boyfriend Cian Healy to the ceremony.
Grainne revealed that she was recently over in London for talks with the BBC about returning to the station and also confirmed that her sister Sile is doing well. Sile was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
She said: "She's great. Today we had a glass of wine and good giggle. She had to go back to work in Newstalk. She's in great form.
"Summertime is when everything gets commissioned so I'll wait with interest to see what happens. The BBC show is not in production at the moment but I was over there just the other day with a view to more projects so I'm really happy with that."
Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD looked stunning in an orange and pink dress and she was delighted to be accompanied by her sons Conor and Stephen.
She said: "They are delighted to be here. They are the age of all the models here. I'm delighted to be flying the flag for mothers, the older woman, the separated woman and women that have experienced domestic violence."
Model Claudine Keane had to pull out of attending the glamorous VIP Style Awards at the last minute - as her young son Robert was hit with an ear infection.
Glamorous Claudine, 28, won the Most Stylish Woman award at last year’s ceremony and was due to attend to hand over the trophy.
But she revealed: “So sad that I can’t make it to @VIPmagaz style awards tomorrow night! My little man has an ear infection and can’t fly, poor baby!!
“Wish I could go will be great fun!!...he seems to be doing better today but kids can’t fly with ear infections and I couldn’t be that far away from him!
“They have to do a video link with me I want to be part of it, haha...I got a dress made ill have to put it up 4 nxt yr.”
Claudine is currently living in Los Angeles with her soccer star husband Robbie Keane and their two-year-old son Robert.
Stunning Holly Sweeney attended the event with her friend Madeline Mulqueen and she is enjoying her year off college. She said that she tweeted her ex-boyfriend Rory McIlroy after his recent golf triumph but that she doesn't see him often.
She said: "It's fantastic. I gave him a wee tweet to celebrate. I never really see him anyway so that's the best you can get."
Model Georgia Salpa was also unable to attend the ceremony in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin last night due to work commitments in London. Georgia had a PA in a London nightclub and is due to fly to Cork this morning for a jewellery photoshoot.
Georgia was one of the favourites to win the top award last night alongside actress Amy Huberman and model Pippa O’Connor.
Other nominees included Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Glenda Gilson, Caroline Morahan, Rosanna Davison and Sarah Morrissey.
Rob Kearney and Susie Amy were the favourites with bookies Boylesports to pick up the Most Stylish Couple awards followed by fellow rugby pair Gordon D’Arcy and Aoife Cogan.
Voice of Ireland host Niall Breslin is the outright favourite with odds of 1/5 to take the Most Stylish Man prize and his nearest competitor is Craig Doyle at 10/1.
There was also plenty of competition for the Newcomer Award as Daniella Moyles, Rozanna Purcell, Diana Bunici and Aoibhin Garrihy were all nominated.
The event was hosted by Boyzone’s Keith Duffy and TV3’s Karen Koster and attracted a number of high profile guests
Actress Amy Huberman was the bookies favourite to win the main award on the night but she did not attend last night as she is in LA working.
In reference to her husband Brian O'Driscoll she tweeted: "Good luck to that cute number 13 quarter back on his return tonight! Goooooooooo Leinster!! I'm so freakin LA right now."