Thursday 27 April 2017

Gerald Kean 'very happy' with new relationship as he makes public debut with girlfriend Natanya

Natanya Cafolla and Gerald Kean at Breast Cancer Ireland's Battle of the Stars lip-syncing and dancing fundraiser at the Intercontinental Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Natanya Cafolla and Gerald Kean at Breast Cancer Ireland's Battle of the Stars lip-syncing and dancing fundraiser at the Intercontinental Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Eoghan McDermott and girlfriend Aoife Melia at Breast Cancer Ireland's Battle of the Stars lip-syncing and dancing fundraiser at the Intercontinental Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Natanya Cafolla and Gerald Kean at the Annual Charity Gala Ball in the Heritage Hotel , Killenard. Picture: Michael Scully
Model Karena Graham at Breast Cancer Ireland's Battle of the Stars lip-syncing and dancing fundraiser at the Intercontinental Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Model Thalia Heffernan at Breast Cancer Ireland's Battle of the Stars lip-syncing and dancing fundraiser at the Intercontinental Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Jenny Dixon and boyfriend Tom Neville (TD) at Breast Cancer Ireland's Battle of the Stars lip-syncing and dancing fundraiser at the Intercontinental Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Celebrity lawyer Gerald Kean went public with his new girlfriend Natanya Cafolla at the weekend.

The glamorous mum-of-four, who he has been seeing for the past three months, was his date at a charity event in the InterContinental Hotel on Saturday night.

Saying that he was "very happy" with his new relationship, he was in flying form on the night as he took to the stage to channel his inner star and perform the Mark Ronson hit Uptown Funk in a lip-syncing challenge.

He has known Natanya (52) for more than 20 years, having been friends with her late husband Joe Cafolla, a Delgany-based property developer who died in August 2008 while on holiday in Florida.

Natanya Cafolla and Gerald Kean at the Annual Charity Gala Ball in the Heritage Hotel , Killenard. Picture: Michael Scully
Natanya Cafolla and Gerald Kean at the Annual Charity Gala Ball in the Heritage Hotel , Killenard. Picture: Michael Scully

Gerald was among a host of familiar faces who attended the fun-filled InterContinental gathering as they helped raise funds for Breast Cancer Ireland at the "Battle of the Stars" event.

The Diary can reveal that the celebrity solicitor will have a final hurrah in his beloved Drayton Manor after putting his palatial Wicklow home on the market for €3.75m.

Gerald is hosting a glitzy fundraising bash in the ballroom of the sprawling house in two weeks' time to drum up funds for four charities.

The dad-of-one also said that he has "no regrets" about putting the house up for sale, and that it was simply time to move on to somewhere new.

Model Thalia Heffernan at Breast Cancer Ireland's Battle of the Stars lip-syncing and dancing fundraiser at the Intercontinental Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Model Thalia Heffernan at Breast Cancer Ireland's Battle of the Stars lip-syncing and dancing fundraiser at the Intercontinental Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy

"No, I never look back, I always look to what's ahead," he said.

"I have some great memories in the house, I've had some wonderful times, but I just want to keep on moving forward.

"I had a great time there, it's a magnificent property, but it's just too big for one person.

"I'm a very positive person and I don't believe in dwelling on things too much."

Eoghan McDermott and girlfriend Aoife Melia at Breast Cancer Ireland's Battle of the Stars lip-syncing and dancing fundraiser at the Intercontinental Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Eoghan McDermott and girlfriend Aoife Melia at Breast Cancer Ireland's Battle of the Stars lip-syncing and dancing fundraiser at the Intercontinental Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Gerald said that he is close to sealing the deal on a new home that is far more conveniently located in south Dublin.

Among those performing at his event on April 22 will be Christy Dignam of Aslan and Ryan Sheridan as he welcomes a host of guests for one of the last times.

The house has 11 bedrooms, its own cinema and bar as well as a double-height ballroom.

Gerald said that some of the contents of the house are also up for sale.

"Some of them I'll be bringing with me, some of the artwork and things like that, but the rest wouldn't be suitable in a smaller place," he said.

The Operation Transformation participant is a shadow of his former self, thanks to appearing on the RTE weight-loss show.

He said he has managed to keep off most of the weight that he lost, thanks to planning ahead with his meals and sticking to a regular exercise regime.

Herald

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