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Rob and Susie's joy as plan for luxury new pad is passed

LOVED-UP rugby star Rob Kearney and actress girlfriend Susie Amy are celebrating after his new South Dublin home was given the green light.

Leinster star Kearney was granted permission by Dublin City Council to demolish a house in Ranelagh and construct another in its place.

The 24-year-old full back had bought the four-bedroom house with the intention of knocking it down and creating a contemporary home.


He is believed to have paid close to €650,000 earlier this year for the detached house on Sandford Road. Kearney was given approval to demolish the 1,680sq ft property and replace it with a home twice the size.

And the future looks bright if Susie's culinary skills are anything to go by.

The Footballers' Wives actress appeared on last night's Channel 4 programme Come Dine With Me with fellow celebs Goldie, crooner Tony Christie and former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis. But Rob might want to look away if he's planning on letting his girlfriend plan entertainment at home -- she surprised her guests with X Factor rejects Diva Fever.

Although Susie performed admirably last night, it wasn't enough as Janet Ellis, mother of pop star and frequent visitor to these shores Sophie Ellis Bextor, scooped the prize.

It's unlikely Susie minds though, judging from the fun snap she posted on her Twitter page of her and beau Rob, who is sporting star-shaped glasses. The Co Louth man currently lives in an apartment in Dublin's docklands.

His new home will be open-plan downstairs with four double bedrooms upstairs. The property will also extend to about 2,900sq ft.

Meanwhile, although they won't be spending Christmas Day together, their romance is continuing apace despite them living in different countries.

Earlier this week saw her beat the travel chaos to fly back to her native Britain to spend Christmas with her family before meeting up with her other half shortly afterwards.

The couple have been dating for more than 14 months after meeting through mutual friend and fellow rugby star Ugo Monye while playing with the Ireland star at the Lions Tour.


Earlier this year, Kearney established a management consultancy, Willville Promotions, to handle his off-field earnings.

He has secured lucrative sponsorships from Audi, Nike, Kellogg's and Optimum Nutrition. The former Clongowes Wood and UCD student is studying for a Masters in Business Management from Dublin Business School.

A number of objections were lodged with the council to the Ranelagh project. Kearney must now wait and see if there are any appeals to An Bord Pleanala before any construction work can begin.

-- MF