Saturday 22 October 2016

Brilliant Bessie (104) back on the box

Bessie Nolan
Bessie Nolan

Ireland's oldest celebrity, Bessie Nolan, will be making an appearance on TV3's The Seven O'Clock Show tonight.

The 104-year-old captivated viewers when she appeared on the documentary Older Than Ireland and is back by popular demand.

Bessie will turn 105 in a few weeks' time.

She claims to be able to remember everything as far back as when she was two, including seeing volunteers and Black and Tans "running all over the place".

The Drimnagh woman is the matriarch of five generations and has 10 great-grandchildren.

At her age, Bessie admitted she still enjoys two or three cigarettes a day, but her secret is that she "doesn't inhale".

She boasts that she used to babysit celebrity chef Kevin Dundon, who would arrive at her house and say: "Fry me a sausage, Bessie."

Appearing ­alongside ­Bessie will be presenter Dermot Whelan and designer Emma Manley.

Stars hit Lillie's for a good cause

IT was a busy weekend in celebrity haunt Lillie's Bordello as a host of well-known faces came together for a charity fundraiser.

The club played host to Sing A Song For Rory karaoke night to help raise money for toddler Rory Gallagher to go to America for surgery he needs to walk.

This year's Miss Ireland, Niamh Kennedy, and Mr Ireland, Darren King, provided the glamour on the night.

Others in attendance included actor George McMahon, author Teena Gates, singer Bonnie Ryan and The Voice of Ireland winner Patrick O'Donoghue.

Top model Teo Sutra was also spotted in the venue on Saturday night.

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