Friday 26 December 2014

Norah plans special Christmas at late husband's favourite spot

Published 17/12/2012 | 05:00

15/12/2012. Pictured is Dragons Den Publishing entrepreneur Norah Casey at Dylan Bradshaw in Dublin city centre. Photo: El Keegan
Norah Casey with her late husband Richard Hannaford, who died last October.

Norah Casey has said Christmas will be an emotional but special time for her family as they mark their second seasonal holiday without her late husband.

The former 'Dragons' Den' star and her son, Dara (13), will be spending the festive break at Carton House in Co Kildare, where they were two months ago for the anniversary of Richard Hannaford's death.

Mr Hannaford (49), a former journalist and broadcaster with RTE and BBC, died after a lengthy battle with cancer in October 2011. Speaking to the Irish Independent, Ms Casey said: "Richard was always a big fan of the place. We actually had his last New Year's there before he passed on and it's very special to Dara and me.

"I'm off for a couple of weeks, which is fantastic. Myself and my boy are in desperate need of a bit of quality time together, so it'll be nice to relax."

Ms Casey will be joined by her mother and sister.

The Harmonia CEO has had a busy year professionally, after becoming a presenter on Newstalk radio's breakfast programme and a co-anchor on RTE's new TV afternoon show 'Today'.

Ms Casey, who admits she has thrown herself into work since her husband's death, fronts 'Today' every Friday with Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh.

Ms Casey is still involved in her publishing group as well as other company investments.

"We've had a really good, busy year. We did a lot in 2012. I'm still very much involved in that side of my business and I intend to stay that way," she said.

"Who knows what will happen next year. I feel for the business that we just need an even year and have nothing too meteoric."

Irish Independent

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