Yvonne thanks technology for helping family cope with split
MOTHER-of-three Yvonne Keating has spoken of her new found love of technology, as it has helped her family cope in the wake of her split from her children's father.
Since her relationship with singer Ronan Keating came to an end in 2011, the estranged couple have been sharing parental duties of their three children – Jack (14), Missy (12) and Ali (8).
Yvonne said it has been made a lot easier because of technology.
"This is the great thing about technology. I do wonder how separated families coped years ago without all the technology and I do complain about it, but it is absolutely brilliant," she said.
"It means the kids can Skype me, text me, email me. We follow each other on Instagram so they might put up a picture I haven't seen," she added.
The 40-year-old revealed that the children are currently on the road with their father Ronan, who has embarked on a new tour with his band Boyzone.
"I won't see them until Sunday, they are going to Belfast and then they have a ball in London tomorrow night. They are busy little people.
"But I miss them terribly when they go away," she admitted.
The model was speaking yesterday at the annual CARI Christmas Lunch, where she joined her good friends – sisters Cecelia Ahern and Georgina Byrne – to support the charity.
Yesterday's fundraiser was Georgina's first outing since she gave birth to her third child – daughter Gia – five weeks ago.
She revealed that her husband, Westlife star Nicky Byrne, was at home with the baby, and said that Gia was "the best Christmas present ever".
"We didn't find out what we were having, so to have another healthy baby boy would have been just as amazing. But when they said, 'oh here she is, safe and delivered', it was just another extra bonus," she said.
The 34-year-old fitness fanatic appears to have bounced back to her pre-baby figure, but admitted that she hasn't tried any diets.
The Ahern siblings were there yesterday to support their mother Miriam who is a patron of the CARI organisation.