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Funny-girl Katherine shows up at top artist's exhibition with new singer-songwriter boyfriend on her arm

Comedian Katherine Lynch was enjoying her new-found fame last night as she stepped out for the second night in a row, this time to attend the opening of artist Guggi's exhibition at the Kerlin gallery on South Anne Lane.

Having set tongues wagging the night before when she turned on the style for the premiere of The Boat That Rocked at the Cineworld theatre with Dubliner Brian Brody on her arm, the RTE lady was happy to lift the lid on her new beau.

Speaking exclusively to the Herald, Katherine gushed: "He's a singer-songwriter I've been seeing, it's all going well.

The comic added that she was surprised to learn that people would be interested in her love life.

The outspoken Leitrim lady said she was disgusted by the controversy over the hoax painting of taoiseach Brian Cowen and thinks "it's been completely blown out of proportion".

Also in attendance at the launch last night was singer Brian Kennedy, designer John Rocca and Norman Hewson, brother of rock superstar Bono to name but a few.

Alas the U2 frontman was unable to attend the event as the band is currently touring in the States.

The pair are long time pals and are regularly spotted hanging out at exclusive Grafton Street haunt Lillies Bordello when they reunite in Dublin.


A delighted Guggi was on hand to meet and greet fans and admirers of his work and even signed autographs with a difference by drawing an individual picture for each person alongside his signature.

"I'm thrilled with the turnout," he said. "I wasn't expecting this many people to turn up as I didn't really send invites. News spread more by word of mouth so I'm very happy."

The renowned artist posed for pictures alongside his large family as he proudly displayed his new collection.

Guggi began his career as a musician with the cult band Virgin Prunes, notorious for their performances on the European underground, before he decided to concentrate full time on painting.