Fair City bitch Yvonne is leaving Carrigstown
IT seems it's a case of a new year, a new start for Fair City stalwart Ciara O'Callaghan.
Ciara's character, show bitch Yvonne Doyle, is to leave Carrigstown and her dad Bela behind her just weeks after she was brutally raped.
Yvonne has been a familiar face on the street since the early days of the serial drama as one of the siblings of the troubled Doyle clan.
However, given the secret nature of her departure as she struggles after being sexually assaulted, it is likely that Yvonne will be back.
It is a sad start to the year for the volatile bistro owner who has been slowly unravelling following a terrifying rape at the hands of her date, Martin, who she met online.
The scenes, set to air next Thursday, January 2, will see Yvonne wheeling her suitcase out of Carrigstown in the dead of the night after failing to accept the help of friends Carol and Dan and having another row with her dad Bela.
As the week opens, a fragile Yvonne confides in her dad, but she doesn't get the response she was hoping for.
Bela feels guilty for not being there for Yvonne but when she reveals the details of what happened, he criticises her for being careless. Yvonne is hurt that Bela thinks it could have been her fault and asks him to leave.
Bela later approaches his daughter and attempts to comfort her but when he raises concern about her online dating habits, Yvonne once again rakes up the past, driving a further wedge between the pair.
Later in the week, Yvonne tells Carol that the court date for Martin's assault on her has been set for March and she is worried about what people will think when they find out.
As the New Year's Eve celebrations approach, Yvonne disrupts the residents' fun when she gets drunk and tells everyone she was raped.
Despite assuring Carol that she wants to get on with her life, Yvonne can't seem to forget what happened and decides that it is best to leave without a word to anyone, including her dad, niece Rachel or new best friend Carol.