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Is romance on the menu as Grainne and Des dine out?

She's a rare sight on Dublin's social scene nowadays but Grainne Seoige certainly raised eyebrows when she was spotted on the town with comedian Des Bishop.

The Diary can reveal how diners at Pasta Fresca restaurant on Clarendon Street were doing plenty of double takes last week when the glamorous brunette arrived to the Italian eaterie to meet the newly single comic.

Grainne (37), who split with her husband of eight years Stephen Cullinane almost a year ago, kicked off her long weekend in Dublin by enjoying a cosy meal with New York-born Des.


"They were enjoying each other's company," said an onlooker.

"She looked absolutely gorgeous. It was a low-key thing but they both seemed engrossed in each other's conversation."

The high-profile pair whiled away the hours catching up on each other's news, with Grainne offering her condolences on the recent passing of Des' father Michael.

Top model Jenny Lee Masterson was by the star's side to comfort him in New York as his father was laid to rest. However, the couple are said to have called time on their romance earlier this month.

Meanwhile, those close to both Grainne and Des were reluctant to shed any light on whether there could be a new romance blossoming between the pair. One close friend did reveal however that they may be working together on an Irish language project which is being considered by the national broadcaster at present.

The source said: "They're both heavily involved in promoting Irish and would have worked together on various occasions throughout the years. He appeared on her chat show a couple of times.

"There has been talk about doing a new type of reality series with some well known gaelgoirs later this year to give the Irish language a boost," they added.

In fact, Grainne and Des' mutual love of Irish even landed the Galway beauty in hot water earlier this year, when she tweeted the comedian, along with Dara O Briain a message to wish them 'A happy new year.'


The mum-of-one hit the headlines after one of her followers lambasted her for writing in her native tongue.

The incident didn't perturb Grainne, however, with both she and her younger sister Sile still regularly tweeting in Irish.

Sile is also friendly with Des and recently featured an interview with him on her Newstalk radio show, Shenanigans with Sile.

Both she and Grainne are set to turn on the style next week when they step out to judge the Arnotts Best Dressed ladies contest at the Punchestown festival.