Tuesday 21 February 2017

Keating no more: Yvonne goes back to her maiden name of Connolly

Elaine McCahill

Published 16/07/2015 | 08:20

Yvonne Keating, now Connolly
Yvonne Keating, now Connolly
Chivers, one of Ireland's leading and most loved brands has launched a new and transformed range of jams and marmalades. To celebrate the launch, former Celebrity Masterchef contestant Yvonne Connolly who is known for her love of home cooking has devised some top tips for using jam and marmalade as well as some bespoke new recipes which will help transform the way consumers think about and use jam on a daily basis. The new recipe products are now available in stores and the range includes new and exciting flavours such as fine cut marmalade as well as blackberry and apricot jam. It's not just the recipes that have been transformed either, the new Chivers  jar has a new and impactful design for consumers. www.chivers.ie Pic:Naoise Culhane no fee
Yvonne Keating at Miriam Ahern's Cari Charity Lunch at The Four Seasons Hotel Dublin. Pictures:Brian McEvoy

Mrs Keating no more.

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The model-turned-chef is once again going by the name Yvonne Connolly (41) after her split from ex-husband Ronan Keating four years ago. But said she has taken her time in making it official in order to ensure her children were happy with the decision.

The couple split after 12 years of marriage in 2011 and both have moved on with new relationships, with Ronan set to marry fiancee Storm Uechtritz in Scotland next month and Yvonne dating cameraman John Conroy.

"Unofficially I've been Connolly for a while, but I suppose when I first said it to my kids they hadn't really come to terms with it," she told the Herald.

Yvonne Keating at Miriam Ahern's Cari Charity Lunch at The Four Seasons Hotel Dublin. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Yvonne Keating at Miriam Ahern's Cari Charity Lunch at The Four Seasons Hotel Dublin. Pictures:Brian McEvoy

"One of them struggled with it. It seems like an obvious thing for someone to do, to go back to their maiden name, but for kids their mom isn't going to have the same name as them so they did struggle with it a little bit.

"So I just didn't change it officially until they were ready for me to do that and had come to terms with it."

Read more: Yvonne Keating steps out after ex Ronan's engagement: 'I wish them happiness'

And the popular tv personality said she can relate to the interest in Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams' split, having gone through a similar experience with her high profile divorce with Ronan.

Ronan Keating, Yvonne Keating, Jack Keating, Melissa Keating and Ali Keating attends the Emeralds & Ivy Ball in aid of Cancer Research UK and the Marie Keating Foundation at Supernova on December 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Ronan Keating, Yvonne Keating, Jack Keating, Melissa Keating and Ali Keating attends the Emeralds & Ivy Ball in aid of Cancer Research UK and the Marie Keating Foundation at Supernova on December 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

"I had no idea, I thought it was very sad, especially after three years," she said.

"I think it's probably tough for them and I'm sure ideally they'd love their privacy, but they're both in this business and they've been in it for a long time and that goes with the territory."

Read more: The next chapter: Yvonne Keating and boyfriend John Conroy enjoy sunny stroll in Dublin

Yvonne (40) was on hand to launch a new range of jams and marmalades from Irish brand Chivers.

Chivers, one of Ireland's leading and most loved brands has launched a new and transformed range of jams and marmalades. To celebrate the launch, former Celebrity Masterchef contestant Yvonne Connolly who is known for her love of home cooking has devised some top tips for using jam and marmalade as well as some bespoke new recipes which will help transform the way consumers think about and use jam on a daily basis. The new recipe products are now available in stores and the range includes new and exciting flavours such as fine cut marmalade as well as blackberry and apricot jam. It's not just the recipes that have been transformed either, the new Chivers  jar has a new and impactful design for consumers. www.chivers.ie Pic:Naoise Culhane no fee
Chivers, one of Ireland's leading and most loved brands has launched a new and transformed range of jams and marmalades. To celebrate the launch, former Celebrity Masterchef contestant Yvonne Connolly who is known for her love of home cooking has devised some top tips for using jam and marmalade as well as some bespoke new recipes which will help transform the way consumers think about and use jam on a daily basis. The new recipe products are now available in stores and the range includes new and exciting flavours such as fine cut marmalade as well as blackberry and apricot jam. It's not just the recipes that have been transformed either, the new Chivers  jar has a new and impactful design for consumers. www.chivers.ie Pic:Naoise Culhane no fee

"I've always been interested in baking but I did the Cooks Academy course for a month and I kind of wish I could go back and do MasterChef again now - the skills I learned there were incredible," she said.

"At first I was just doing photocalls and now I'm collaborating with brands."

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