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Leigh dashes home to party with Brian on last night in city

Leigh Arnold dashed home to Dublin from Cork in record time to hit the tiles alongside Brian McFadden and a bunch of pals.

The Diary can reveal the Foxrock actress was among those at an exclusive bash at the Wright Venue in Swords, where the pop star was celebrating the First Holy Communion of his two daughters Molly (8) and Lilly-Sue (7) in the Scarface suite.

Leigh (30) had travelled West on Friday for the Cork leg of TV3's Xpose Live, where she joined Glenda Gilson, Lisa Cannon, Aisling O'Loughlin, Karen Koster and Sean Munsanje at the roadshow in her capacity as the official ambassador for Gosh cosmetics.

The petite brunette wasted no time in returning to the capital the following day however, joining a number of friends, including Izabela Chudzika, in the club's €2,500 a night suite, where ex-Westlife star Brian and his gang were enjoying their night out. Dressed to impress in a red dress, the former Clinic star let her hair down without her rumoured beau, actor Emmet Scanlan, who has just begun shooting scenes for his new role in Liverpool-based soap, Hollyoaks.

Leigh, who is due to take to the stage at the Mill Theatre in Dundrum in new play, The Owl and the Pussy Cat, in July said she decided to make the trip for the girls' night as it will be one of her last before she begins rehearsals for the production.


"Leigh and her gang arrived in quite late and spent most of their night in the Scarface Suite," said an onlooker.

"Brian was there with a bunch of friends and he was in great form buying rounds of drink for everyone. They were getting on like a house on fire.

"He was still on a high after seeing his girls make their First Holy Communion and was determined to make the most of his one night out in Dublin.

"He and close family members had been to Clontarf castle for a reception after the communion service before he arrived.

"He spent most of the night in the VIP area but did go down to meet fans briefly. He even posed for some pictures when he went outside for a quick smoke."

Brian, who is currently appearing as a judge on Australia's Got Talent, didn't have much time to recover, however, as he had to be at Dublin airport at 8am in order to begin his mammoth 38-hour journey back to Oz in time to record today's show.

The star was forced to fly via Los Angeles due to the travel chaos caused by Iceland's volcanic ash.

His girls remained on Irish shores for an additional day with their grandparents, Mairead and Brendan McFadden in order to attend Sunday night's live episode of RTE's Fame the Musical show at the Helix theatre in DCU.

-- LN