Monday 26 February 2018

Celebrity chef Kevin Dundon and wife make first public appearance since nieces and nephew killed in crash

Kevin Dundon & wife Catherine Dundon
Kevin Dundon & wife Catherine Dundon
Kaste Dahl and Virginia Macari
Emma O'Driscoll
Rachel Allen
* Sinead O'Connor
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Celebrity chef Kevin Dundon was joined by his wife Catherine at the star-studded Bord Gais Irish Book Awards ceremony in Dublin.

It marks the first public appearance the couple have made since Catherine's two nieces Soren (11), Saoirse (9) and Conor (3) were killed in a car crash in Denmark in July.

While Kevin has returned to his cookery duties, his wife has chosen to avoid the spotlight while she grieves her tragic loss.

The couple looked stylish on the red carpet with Catherine wearing a pink dress and Kevin sporting a dapper suit.

In July, speeding driver Lasse Burholt hit a car containing Maria O'Shea and her four children in North Jutland, Denmark.

Burholt was driving at 125km/h in an 80km/h zone when he collided with Maria's car, killing three of her children and injuring Maria and her infant child.

Cathy Kelly
Cathy Kelly
Emma ODriscoll
Joe Duffy, Sinead Cusack
Catherine Fulvio at the Irish Book Awards 2013
Kevin Dundon wife Catherine Dundon
Joe Duffy
Diana Bunici
Rachel Allen
Sinead OConnor
John Banville
Norah Casey
Sinead Moriarty
Frances Black
Eoin Colfer
Sinead Cusack
Sinead Desmond
Kaste Dahl and Virginia Macari
Virginia Macari

Maria, (who is Mr Dundon's wife Catherine's sister-in-law), survived along with nine-month-old baby Torben.

Burholt walked free from a Danish court after being handed down a €1,340 fine and will be allowed on the road again if he passes a driving test after three years. But he told the Irish Independent that he would not personally pay all the O'Sheas' demand for compensation.

Meanwhile, the Book Awards attracted the biggest names in the Irish literary world, including best-selling author Cathy Kelly, Joe Duffy, Catherine Fulvio, Rachel Allen and tv personalities Emma O'Driscoll, Diana Bunici and Virginia Macari.

Rugby hero Jonny Sexton was due to attend but had to cancel at the last minute as he was called back to Paris, where he is now based with Racing Metro.

Singer Sinead O'Connor was also in attendance but avoided photographers and entered through the back entrance.

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