Saturday 20 September 2014

The Diary: Olivia jets back for a seasonal social visit

Holiday: Lucy Nagle at Sandy Lane. Photo: Caroline Quinn
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Home for Christmas, singer Paul Byrom and wife Dominique Coulter at  The Joe Duffy Liveline special  from The Bailey Pub in  Duke Street,Dublin.
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Paul Byrom and wife Dominique Coulter at the Joe Duffy ‘Liveline’ special from The Bailey Pub in Duke Street, Dublin. BRIAN McEVOY

It's three decades since she was crowned Miss Ireland in 1984 and over 15 years since she moved to the US, so it was refreshing to see Olivia Treacy back on the social scene over the festive season.

The 53 year old has kept in touch with all her old modelling friends and catching up is her top priority while back in Dublin for a six-week stint.

As well as Christmas drinks with Krish and Lelia Naidou, former franchise holders of the Miss Ireland competition, at the Westbury Hotel, a long lunch with her agent Rebecca Morgan and a tipple with author Claudia Carroll, the LA-based beauty is spending her visit reconnecting with old catwalk colleagues Beverley Keegan and Ruth Magee.

"Krish is a soccer agent now in the UK, but we've stayed in touch all these years," Olivia told The Diary. "I modelled a lot with Beverley and Ruth, we did all the Richard Alan shows together, so it's great to pick up where you left off with people like that.

"I'm here for six weeks this time, so I'm just trying to get as much in as possible."

While she's due back in California on January 21, Olivia is hoping to spend more time in Ireland going forward, be that modelling, acting or simply keeping her 93-year-old mother Maura company.

"I'm looking to do more work here in television; years ago there was a stigma that you couldn't model if you wanted to be taken serious as an actress, but that's gone now and in the US, actors double up as models regularly," she said.

-- LB

Irish Independent

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