SHE'S been noticeably absent from Dublin's social scene lately, but Bath-born beauty Laura Toogood is set to make her return to Irish soil next weekend when she visits her close pal Rosanna Davison's new love-pad.
The Diary can reveal how the blonde model, who was once linked to Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy, is set to jet to Dublin on Friday in order to join Rosanna and a host of other big names at the hen party of their close pal Gillian Fitzpatrick, which takes place on Saturday night.
The excited bride-to-be is due to wed her longterm beau James Ward at an intimate ceremony in Rome next month and will be visiting many of Dublin's best known hotspots at the weekend to celebrate her forthcoming nuptials.
"I'm going along to the hen with Laura Toogood. We'll be at various spots in the city and I'm very excited about catching up with the girls," Rosanna told the Diary. The stunning daughter of singer Chris de Burgh is also due to attend the wedding ceremony next month, however bridesmaid duty on the big day has fallen to Laura.
Toogood split from her own boyfriend Nicky Arnold (brother of ex-Clinic actress Leigh) last year, but insists she is delighted for her close college friend.
"I am delighted to report that I will be one of Gillian's bridesmaids," the Assets beauty explained.
"As I do not have sisters I was relatively doubtful that I would ever have the opportunity to take on such a role.
"I feel honoured to have been considered for the important position and I am very excited about fulfilling my bridesmaid duties, most importantly accompanying Gillian down the aisle on her big day," she added.
Now Laura and Rosanna plan to paint the town red with their gal-pals this weekend when they join fellow beauties including Hayley Rock and Katie Jane Golden to give Gillian a send-off to remember.
Laura (26) quit Dublin last autumn after completing her PhD at UCD, and wasted little time in securing a position as a research assistant with the BBC in London.
The British catwalk queen admits she still considers Dublin her home away from home and says she is looking forward to a warm welcome from Rosie and Wesley Quirke at their Cabinteely home.