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Yvonne and rugby stars enjoy break in Portugal


Yvonne Connolly

Yvonne Connolly

Yvonne's son Jack with Irish rugby star Rob Kearney

Yvonne's son Jack with Irish rugby star Rob Kearney


Yvonne Connolly

Move over Marbella - it seems that Portuguese resort Quinta Do Lago is the new holiday hotspot for Irish celebs.

Some of the country's most famous faces have left drizzly Dublin behind them this week to catch some rays at the luxurious beachside getaway.

Model Yvonne Connolly brought her children Jack (16), Missy (14) and Ali (9) with her to the resort, which is in Portugal's popular Algarve region, for some family bonding time.


The former Masterchef Ireland contestant, who recently started using her maiden name again after divorcing crooner Ronan Keating earlier this year, ran into Leinster rugby players Rob and Dave Kearney, Robbie Henshaw, Ian Madigan and Jordi Murphy who had all jetted to the same area for a short break.

Yvonne and her brood bumped into the sporting stars, who happily posed for a picture with her rugby fan son Jack.

Recently, the mum-of-three admitted she was looking forward to escaping to the sun after a busy few months.

"We get so busy running around, going here and there with the kids, that it is nice to spend quality time with them," she said.

Chance to get Lucky

Critically acclaimed play Luck Just Kissed You Hello will make its Dublin debut this autumn.

After its premiere at the Galway International Arts Festival, the new play, written by and starring Amy Conroy, is set to run from September 29 to October 4 as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival at the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar.

The show will then move on to Blanchardstown's Draiocht Arts Centre for October 7-8 and Bray's Mermaid Arts Centre on October 9-10.

Tickets are priced from €10, for more information visit www.dublintheatrefestival.com.

Picnic gets even bigger

It's only weeks away and this year's Electric Picnic is gearing up to be the biggest one yet as 21 more acts have been added to the bill.

Seasoned Irish rockers Boomtown Rats are the biggest name in the latest announcement, with other home-grown talent Le Galaxie and Little Hours playing the festival, which runs from September 4-6.