Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Move over Brangelina' - TV3 audiences just fell in love with Shane Long and wife Kayleah

Sasha Brady

Published 21/09/2016 | 10:39

Shane Long and his daughters sing Gavin James' Hello. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3
Shane Long and his daughters sing Gavin James' Hello. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3
Shane Long gets the dinner ready. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3
Shane Long. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3
The Long house. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3
Murphy the dog. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3
Shane Long's underground bar. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3

Lucy Kennedy's back for her TV3 show that sets her up at home with some celebrity or familiar face.

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On Tuesday night it was Republic of Ireland International and now Southampton striker Shane Long, who welcomed Lucy into his home to meet his family for her TV3 show, Livin' With Lucy.

Shane Long gets the dinner ready. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3
Shane Long gets the dinner ready. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3

The Tipperary man's down-to-earth manner was evident straight away as he and Kayleah made their host feel at home during her short stint with the family.

Shane's handbag designer wife had plenty to talk about with Lucy during their time together - they're both pregnant with their third babies.

Kayleah Long and daughters. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3
Kayleah Long and daughters. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3

Kayleah is due her third baby in November, while Lucy is expecting her little one in December.

As well as introducing Lucy to their two adorable daughters, Teigan (six) and Erin (two), the family took her to a football match to cheer on Shane.

The Long house. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3
The Long house. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3

Viewers were treated to a glimpse of their stunning home, complete with a swimming pool and underground bar, as well as their dog Murphy.

But it was the laid-back pace of the Ireland international footballer's family life that really charmed audiences. We saw Shane the dad making dinner and bringing out his guitar (one of many) to play Gavin James' hit Hello for his daughters. Lucy even got emotional while watching the moment between the dad and his little girls, as they helped him sing along.

We saw Kayleah making sure everything was in order, sharing the household duties with her husband and doting over her family. After watching the show it seemed that most viewers wanted to move in with the Longs.

Despite all the trappings of wealth and football fame - the mansion, the swimming pool with the slide, the five cars - Long said he was never more proud than when he played minor hurling for Tipperary.

Shane Long enjoys a dip in the swimming pool. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3
Shane Long enjoys a dip in the swimming pool. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3

Sometimes editing can make people appear more or less authentic than they actually are but appears that the Longs are genuine. You can even see from Lucy herself that she really enjoyed her time spent with the family.

Murphy the dog. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3
Murphy the dog. Photo: Livin' With Lucy / TV3

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