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Revealed, how the crumbling of their business empire led to end of the road for DJ and Sarah

HIGH-PROFILE power couple DJ Carey and Sarah Newman seemed to a match made in economic heaven.

The Kilkenny 'Cat' and the Essex 'Dragon' made the most of the Celtic Tiger era, developing profitable business models and snapping up lucrative properties across the globe.

But their relationship crumbled as the strain of their finances proved too much and their riches suddenly collapsed around them.

To the outside world, Newman, a successful dotcom millionaire, and Carey, an All Ireland hurling star turned businessman, oozed success.


They were not the most likely pairing. Shy and modest Carey was often no match for gregarious girl-made-good Newman.

But the couple had a close relationship, in which each was involved with the other's businesses and finances.

Their relationship began around seven years ago after Carey split from his wife Christine, with whom he had two sons.

Sarah has a son and daughter from her marriage to Patrick O'Donohoe, from whom she separated in 2000.

Carey (41), from Gowran, just outside Kilkenny city, played hurling for his county for 16 years between 1990 and his retirement in 2006.

And Newman, who came to fame in Ireland as a panellist on the RTE series Dragons' Den, was also sports mad -- for a time she was lady captain at the K Club in 2010.

The couple owned two of the luxurious houses at the desirable address.

In DJ, Sarah said she had finally found a grounded and calm partner.

"He's my absolute soundboard," Newman said in an interview years ago.

The couple, now divorced from their former partners, planned to marry on July 4 in Mount Juliet this year -- but were devastatingly forced to cancel.

Heartbroken Sarah (42) revealed publically last weekend that their relationship was over.

"There is always somebody who makes that final call and I think in this case it was DJ. It was over Easter," she said.

"So then I had to go through the very humiliating and humbling experience of cancelling everything that was booked."

Until last week, both said that they had battled hard at making things work through several crushingly stressful years. In January this year, the couple flew out to Mauritius for a last-ditch attempt to save their ailing relationship. However, it was too late -- the couple returned defeated and accepted that they were unable to make a go of things.