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I won't be dishing the dirt like Lorraine in my book - Celia

GLAMOROUS Celia Holman Lee has vowed that she won't be following Lorraine Keane's lead by dishing the dirt on her colleagues in the showbiz industry when she begins writing her autobiography next year.

The former catwalk queen, who has been running her Limerick-based Holman Lee modelling agency for nearly 40 years, admits she is in the early stages of negotiating a deal to pen her first book about her lengthy career in the limelight.

However Celia (60), who beat off stiff competition from competitors half her age to win TV3's Celebrity Salon earlier this year, insists she will be keeping mum about the negative aspects of her career.

"I've been hearing a lot about Lorraine's book and if she feels it's the right thing for her than why not?" Celia told the Diary.

"To be honest I think it's a lot of hype. It will be interesting to see if it's as intrusive into her colleagues' lives as people are making out.


"I won't be going down that route myself. I've no-one to tell tales about. God knows I've had my fair share of fights and disagreements with some well known faces over the years, but as times goes on you tend to get over them and just forgive and forget. There's no point in hanging on to grudges.

"I've been consumed in this industry for more years than I care to remember so I would rather write about my journey. I stopped to have my two children, Ivan and Cecile, but other than that I've never left," she added.

Celia explained how she plans instead to open up for the first time about the emotional turmoil she has gone through in her personal life in recent years.

She will discuss the impact her mother Kathleen's death, her brother Donald's cancer battle and subsequent passing and her husband Ger's heart attack more than 10 years ago, have had on her life.

"I'm not interested in writing another style book. There's enough of them around and let's be honest we're all writing the same thing," she explained.

"It will have to delve into my own personal life I think; my childhood, my mother's death, my brother and my nephew's passing. All the things I'm still trying to come to terms with."

Celia was looking more stylish than ever last night when she stepped out to the exclusive fashion show she coordinates every year at the Festival Dome at the Carlton Hotel.


The annual catwalk show saw almost 2,000 people enjoy the autumn/winter collections from acclaimed designers John Rocca, Paul Costelloe and Philip Treacy.

Among the high profile guests who attended the glitzy event was Apprentice star Jackie Lavin, RTE's Mary Kennedy and this year's new host Daithi O Se, as well as all 32 Roses and their escorts.