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Self Beauty Feb 2007
April 16, 2008

Getting all dolled up on a Saturday night can be the best part of the week for many women. There’s a great expectation of the glass of vino and the 80’s dance tracks with hairspray at the ready and lipstick on hand. I dread it. To me this celebrated ritual of getting yourself ready has […]


Day to Night Jan 2004
April 16, 2008

Going straight out after work can be a strain on any girl’s make-up bag. With the help of top hair stylist Stephen Kelly and professional make up artist Deborah Byrne we show you how you can achieve the perfect day look that can be transformed into a glamourous evening look with minimum effort. DAY Make-up […]


Day to Night March 2004
April 16, 2008

With summer in the air it’s time to look and feel great revealing our beauty that has remained hidden all winter. This month top hair stylist for Peter Mark, Gary Kavanagh, and head make-up artist for Giorgio Armani, Ken Boylan, show us two looks that go from day to night with minimum effort and maximum […]


Day to Night April 2004
April 16, 2008

This month top hair stylist Eugene Mellon for Toni&Guy Essensuals and Christian Dior make-up artist Zoe Costello show us two fresh and funky looks to carry us into spring. Here’s how to achieve the same great look at home. DAY Face We primed the face using Christian Dior Capture Flash (E44.50) to even out the […]


Let’s Get Personal Social & Personal, April 2004
April 16, 2008

TRIED AND TESTED YON KA Hydralessence Visage Facial Deciding I needed an exceptional treat, I was delighted when the kind folks at the newly refurbished Retreat beauty salon invited me for one of their indulgent Yon Ka facials. They took one look at my parched skin and knew that the Hydralessence Facial, guaranteed to revive […]


Let’s Get Personal Social & Personal, Feb 2004
April 16, 2008

Pamper Belle Just in time for the month of love, So Belle Beauty Salon has come up with the ideal package for any woman. Their luxury offer certainly lives up to its name. Champagne and strawberries greeted me on arrival, which instantly put me in the mood for some pampering. After my bubbly, I was […]


Let’s Get Personal Social & Personal, March 2004
April 16, 2008

TRIED AND TESTED Gel Nails for Hands and Feet For those of us without naturally long nails a French manicure can be disappointing. Gel nails are the ideal solution to achieving perfectly polished nails and Belle Beauty Salon has a specially trained nail technition, Susan, to achieve the needed transformation. Simply adding an extension to […]


Outside In March 2007
April 16, 2008

As a model, I depend on my looks to generate my pay cheque. It’s my work, but is it also my life. Do I use my looks to obtain other results? Many people believe that life is easier for good-looking people, that a high level of attractiveness can positively effect every aspect of your life […]


Beauty – it’s not only skin deep February 2007
April 16, 2008

Getting all dolled up on a Saturday night can be the best part of the week for many women. There’s a great expectation of the glass of vino and the 80’s dance tracks with hairspray at the ready and lipstick on hand. I dread it. To me this celebrated ritual of getting yourself ready has […]


Ben de Lisi Social & Personal, January 2006
April 16, 2008

Although American born, Ben de Lisi has become such a strong player on the British fashion circuit it’s easy to forget he’s not English. The London-based fashion designers mission is to make his clients look and feel beautiful. Ben has dressed many celebrities from the worlds of music, TV and movies. His British fans include […]


Bill Cullen: Social & Personal, April 2005
April 16, 2008

An apple a day keeps the overdraft away, or so Bill Cullen would encourage us to believe. Following the success of his first book, ‘A Long Way From Penny Apples’, Bill has just launched its sequel, ‘Golden Apples’. It’s a guide to the habits of successful living that were bred into him from childhood. [singlepic=825,300,450,,right]And […]


Christian Louboutin: Social & Personal, June 2005
April 16, 2008

A relative unknown until recent times, Christian Louboutin’s name is now mispronounced in virtually every language by the swarms of elegant women, who from Los Angeles to Paris and Singapore to Monte Carlo, make and destroy reputations. Not least of them TV’s Desperate Housewives. He has two boutiques in Paris and another in New York, […]


Gillian Bowler: Social & Personal, October 2005
April 16, 2008

They say if you want something done, ask a busy person. Gillian Bowler is just that. With a diary of meetings already planned into the next year, the woman is living proof of the power of focus: ‘I started my career when I was jus a kid. I was in my early twenties when I […]


Paddy Campbell
April 16, 2008

Social & Personal, April 2005 Patrick Campbell has two main loves in his life; his business and his art. As typifies a man who has built up a successful business, the Executive Chairman of Campbell Bewley’s Group was indeed in a positive and ebullient mood. “I’m very excited about this forthcoming exhibition,” he exclaimed, referring […]


Paschal O’Reilly
April 16, 2008

Social & Personal From an early age we all somehow realise, that it matters less to a person where they are born than where they can live. I, like many children made it a regular occurrence to lock myself within the confinement of my bedroom, my home, and remaster my surroundings. I would emerge hours […]


Pat Austin, Montagne Investment
April 16, 2008

Social & Personal Oscar Wilde once said, “with an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stockbroker, can have a reputation for being civilised”. This suffice to say is inevitably true, for when Pat Austin, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Montaigne Investment Corporation entered his plush office, civilised he did look. A […]


Paul Sheeran
April 16, 2008

Social & Personal, February 2006 “Diamonds are Forever,” sang Shirley Bassey, while Marilyn insisted they were, “A Girl’s Best Friend”. And we might well believe it because diamonds have long reigned as the ultimate statement of ardour and affection. Whilst the presentation of diamond earrings or a diamond pendant can make a woman’s eyes sparkle […]


Sine Quinn, Blackrock Publishing
April 16, 2008

Social & Personal, October 2005 Ireland has always been renowned for producing some of the greatest literary icons in history from Yeats to Joyce, Wilde to Kinsella. Our country has played host and inspired dozens of other writers, whose names will be forever remembered and whose works will always remain compulsory reading on our school […]


Valerie Roe
April 16, 2008

Social & Personal Almost 13 years have passed since Valerie Roe first stepped in to manage one of Dublin’s most famous nightclubs, Lilies Bordello. Now with a marriage, child and successful boyband under her belt, Ireland’s favourite after dark personality has taken a change in direction. Never one to go where the path may lead, […]


Even Models Have Fat Days
April 16, 2008

Just about the worst day I can have is a fat day. My eyes open in the morning and I feel sick to my stomach, remembering last night’s dinner of fried onion rings, curried chips, a quarter-pounder with cheese and an entire tub of Haagen Daz for dessert. I sit up and gaze at my […]


Friends with Benefits
April 16, 2008

Following my recent article announcing my frustration at having to accept my celibate lifestyle, a group of close girlfriends decided to offer their views on the options I had to change my ways. One notion that arose intrigued me. How about friends with benefits? Friends with what? Yes, benefits. It means having friends for one […]


Happy Ever After: July 2003
April 16, 2008

Throughout our childhood we girls dream about being princesses. We crave Barbie dolls with extravagant wardrobes inclusive of tiara, we adore wearing the pink frilly dresses in our ballet classes, we even insist on dressing up as them at Halloween. Why? Because our daily intake of tales of poor girl makes good is fed by […]


Queen of Hearts Sunday Independent, September 2007
April 16, 2008

What could an unloved, starving, dark skinned, tiny Indian child and an extrovert, fair skinned, blonde, 5’9’’ Irish model have in common? Quite frankly, when GOAL asked me to join their team on a trip to Calcutta I was more than a little concerned about what role I could possibly play. One newspaper article prior […]


Katy French – Agent Provocateur: Sunday Independent, April 2007
April 16, 2008

I can vividly recall my intro when I appeared on Podge and Rodge – ‘’Who is Katy French?’ they asked. ‘Katy who?’ almost everyone replied. Well, quite. Five months ago I was just another model in the Irish fashion industry popping up in some promo shoot or diary page from time to time, engaged to […]


Valentines Day – A Model for Love?: Sunday Independent, February 2007
April 16, 2008

From co-workers to classmates, friends to family, Valentines Day has become an occasion to express our appreciation to a variety of people, mainly to our lovers. In what is traditionally one of the slowest shopping months of the year Valentine’s Day has now become big business for retailers the world over who encourage us to […]


Can’t Buy Me Love: Social & Personal, March 2004
April 16, 2008

Everytime we switch on the tele these days there are ads about money, how to borrow it if you have none, how to invest it when you have a lot. The most controversial to my mind is the credit card ad. It goes something like this: Trip to Australia to see the place where mom […]


He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: Social & Personal, January 2004
April 16, 2008

Christmas has come and gone, the New Year has started, festive spirits are dampened and the monotonous routine of working life has begun. As everybody winds down after the party season it seems the only thing to look forward to is your first paycheque in 2004. Early dull mornings combined with dark evenings and the […]


Sexy and Single: Social & Personal, April 2003
April 16, 2008

My journey of a thousand miles began, as they do, with a delay of about   3 hours. I was driving down the N11, looking good, (ergo feeling good), on my way to a casting, hair blown, trousers tight, determined to clinch the job, and smiling to myself in anticipation of the great interesting work […]


What Women Want: May 2007
April 16, 2008

Apparently Freud’s dying words were, “What do women want?” Well, if the great philosopher could not figure it out, it’s understandable that many of today’s men are perplexed by the same question. The reason? Not even we women know entirely what we want and even when we have found it it’s not long before we […]


Photo Call Couture: Sunday Independent, March 2007
April 16, 2008

I’m sure there are many preconceived notions of what the life of a model entails, but what’s even more curious is the life of an Irish model. We’d all like to imagine the day beginning with a 2 hour session of being beautified for a photo shoot, hair coiffed into red carpet glamour before choosing […]


Like a Rolling Stone…..: Social & Personal
April 16, 2008

We young people tend to believe that love and sex is the domain of the young. Let’s face it, most love poetry and popular love songs have been written about the young, and often by the young. We are inclined to believe that post-forties love affairs must be rum and ludicrous and are often disturbed […]


Calvin and Kitty
April 16, 2008

Calvin Calvin, named after the famous cartoon strip Calvin and Hobbes, is my 9-year-old dog; my family adopted him at about 8 weeks old from a farm where we used to stable our horses in Wicklow. He’s a mongrel a mixed breed of terrier, Labrador, and German shepherd and probably a few other breeds. His […]


Do You Want to Look Sexy?: Social & Personal, May 2005
April 16, 2008

Sex makes the world go round, doesn’t it? The urge to mate is in our genes. And for most of us women that means falling in love first, and finding the right partner that can love us too. Attracting this mate to us is our preoccupation, responding to our genetic urges that are deep and […]


Say “Cheese”:-) Sunday Independent, February 2007
April 16, 2008

They say bad things come in threes and they would be right as far as I am concerned.  My current three disasters are my recent break-up with my fiancé, the occurrence of heart-wrenching Valentines Day and, as if that gruesome twosome isn’t enough, I get the triple whammy of being a model, a job where, […]


On Life and Happiness
April 16, 2008

“We are all here under the eyes of God to help each other, and He doesn’t require us to succeed, only to try.” “Life is not easy for any of us. We need perseverance and, above all, confidence in our ability to succeed.” “If there is one thing I cannot bear, it’s not being able […]


On children
April 16, 2008

“They were children. I loved every single one of them. They reached to the depths of the child in me and all I could do was smile and laugh also. I laughed with them and laughed at the real happiness I had found amongst these children.” “It is not terrifying to see or experience these […]


On Love
April 16, 2008

“When you can love both yourself and others miracles will always happen.” “The kinds of things that money just can’t buy are love, self-esteem and self-fulfilment. And first comes love. It’s what holds people together and makes things last. Loving yourself, loving life, loving others is what gives us security. If we allow ourselves to […]


On self esteem
April 16, 2008

“There will always be people ever ready to tell me what’s right and wrong but I’m going to stick with what my heart and soul tells me to do. I intend to follow my love of life and to discover it for myself. Maybe it won’t all be easy. Sometimes the prospect seems scary.” “Everyone […]


On Identity and Image
April 16, 2008

“I don’t have a first impression. My first impression is already out there.” “People find it very difficult to see themselves as a product. It took a long time before I came to the conclusion that this is how you market yourself. You’ve got to know what sells, how the media work, how tabloids work. […]


On Relationships
April 16, 2008

“We spend years searching for our Prince Charming, Prince Handsome, Prince Strong, and Prince Caring. Above all, he is Prince Loves-Me-A-Lot and Prince Only-Has-Eyes-For- Me. You see, the fairytales tell us little about him, except that he likes hunting and refuses to marry a woman with whom he is not in love. When we find […]


On Friends
April 16, 2008

“To me a friend is like a bra, close to your heart and there for support, not someone who takes your bra off.” “Friends aren’t jumper cables. You don’t throw them into the trunk and pull them out for emergencies.” “I’ve never had a really big birthday bash before. I hope they turn up. Guess […]


On looking good
April 16, 2008

“Perhaps it’s not our looks that make us ‘beautiful’ but our smiles that make life more beautiful for us.” “Sure some kick-ass super gloss lipstick may make you look gorgeous, but it doesn’t really matter whether you’re in your pj’s or a Galliano gown or a punk rock outfit as long as you’re confident in […]


On Modelling
April 16, 2008

“Modelling is probably one of the few occupations that makes you analyse your self worth on a regular basis. Every day we need to be mentally strong in order to face the constant rejections that are awaiting us. We lose more jobs that we get for reasons such as, you’re too fat, you’re too thin, […]


On the Media
April 16, 2008

“It’s not easy courting the media, some days you’re the bug and some days you’re the windshield.” “The whole media industry is full of low self esteem. Anyone in entertainment or show business, you know? It’s based on really superficial values that really there’s not much behind.” “I have confidence in who I am and […]


On Food and Diets
April 16, 2008

“The only way to stay healthy and slim is to eat all you want of everything that you don’t like. That’s awfully difficult when my idea of vegetables is carrot cake, onion bread and pumpkin pie.” “The closest I have to a balanced diet is holding a biscuit in each hand.” “Put it this way, […]


On her publicised break up
April 16, 2008

“Was it vulgar? Perhaps. Was it scandalous? Apparently so. Did I along with the rest of the Irish media lose sight of what really mattered? Yes. The story had all the makings of a circus – acrobats, clowns, dancing horses and tigers jumping through rings of fire. It excited, baffled, bemused, entertained and sometimes bored […]


Eulogy for Katy
December 18, 2008

Thank you all for being here today to help my little Katy on her way to heaven. And thank you all for helping us also to celebrate her life on this earth. Katy’s was a life of sunshine and sparkle, of fun and daring, of taking on challenges, of blazing trails. Life with Katy was […]


Memorial Speech by Katy’s Mum, Janet.
December 18, 2008

She was oh so beautiful, my Katy. Her eyes sparkled. She laughed and smiled from the moment she set foot on this earth. Her face beamed sunshine and her eyes pierced you with that sparkle that said ‘Here I am loving you, loving life’. When she was 12 months old her Swiss nanny, Doris, told […]


Memorial Speech by Katy’s sister, Jill Eulogy for Katy.
December 18, 2008

It is a lot more difficult for me to get up and speak now about my sister one year on. I suppose now I have a little more awareness of what is happening around me, but it just seems to be all the more difficult as I am not sure that what has come to […]


Funeral speech by Katy’s sister, Jill.
December 18, 2008

I don’t know how to sum up all that I wish to say about my sister in just a few minutes. There are no words to describe what she meant to me and the person that she really is. I will probably look back on this in the future and think that I had left […]


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