Busy Norah Casey bids farewell to Dragons' Den
SUCCESSFUL businesswoman Norah Casey, is stepping down from her role on 'Dragons' Den' after other work and media commitments have left her stretched to the limit.
But even though she may be time-poor, the latest accounting figures for her Harmonia Ltd publishing firm reveal her business is in good shape, despite the economic downturn.
Rising sales helped return profits of €279,000 in 2010, the latest accounts figures reveal.
Ms Casey and her late husband Richard Hannaford were the only two directors in the company in 2010, and were paid €185,000.
The company publishes 'Woman's Way', 'U Magazine' and 'Irish Tatler'.
It also produced "in-house" products such as the 'Cara' inflight magazine for Aer Lingus, 'Health Matters' for the HSE and Dundrum Town Centre's glossy newsletter.
Ms Casey, meanwhile, announced that she will not be taking part in the third series of the hit entrepreneurial show.
She joined Newstalk radio as co-anchor of 'Newstalk Breakfast' with Chris Donoghue in September.
And she also joined the crew of RTE's afternoon show 'Today' as co-host with Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh.
Ms Casey was unavailable for comment last night, but did attend the Lancome Christimas celebration at the Shelbourne hotel.
However, in a statement, she wished her fellow Dragons success in the upcoming third series of the hit show.
She previously told the Irish Independent that she threw herself into work as a means of coping with the death of her husband from cancer at the age of 49 in October 2011.
But now she has handed over the reins at Harmonia to pursue her media interests.
"My personal circumstances changed over the past year. My fellow directors in Harmonia have taken a stronger role in the day to day operations of the business to allow me to pursue my media career," she said.