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'It's devastating when your entire being is taken away from you'- Madeline Mulqueen

Madeline Mulqueen became the girl-of-the-moment when an appearance in a Rubberbandits video led to overnight fame, but when the world of selfies and social media began to feel soulless, she decided to change course. Now a photographer and hiking guide, she chats to Maggie Armstrong about the joy of nature and her life with fiancé Jack Reynor

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Madeline Mulqueen wears: Jumper, €350; Ciara Allen instagram.com/ciara_allen_; skirt, €459, Caroline Mitchell, Marion Cuddy Design Emporium. Photo: by Taine King

Madeline Mulqueen wears: Jumper, €350; Ciara Allen instagram.com/ciara_allen_; skirt, €459, Caroline Mitchell, Marion Cuddy Design Emporium. Photo: by Taine King

Gown, €695, Synan O Mahony, The Design Centre, designcentredublin.com; jumper, €450, McQ; boots, €325, Claudie Pierlot, both Brown Thomas; socks, €12.50, Tights Dept., tightsdepartment.ie. Photo: Taine King

Gown, €695, Synan O Mahony, The Design Centre, designcentredublin.com; jumper, €450, McQ; boots, €325, Claudie Pierlot, both Brown Thomas; socks, €12.50, Tights Dept., tightsdepartment.ie. Photo: Taine King

Madeline Mulqueen by Taine King for Weekend magazine

Madeline Mulqueen by Taine King for Weekend magazine

Madeline Mulqueen by Taine King for Weekend magazine

Madeline Mulqueen by Taine King for Weekend magazine

Madeline wears: Dress, €415, LoveShackFancy; jacket, €465, Sandro, both Brown Thomas. Photo:Taine King

Madeline wears: Dress, €415, LoveShackFancy; jacket, €465, Sandro, both Brown Thomas. Photo:Taine King

Jack Reynor and fiancée Madeline Mulqueen

Jack Reynor and fiancée Madeline Mulqueen

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Madeline Mulqueen wears: Jumper, €350; Ciara Allen instagram.com/ciara_allen_; skirt, €459, Caroline Mitchell, Marion Cuddy Design Emporium. Photo: by Taine King

Madeline Mulqueen is unleashing a little dog into the woods. The former Irish model (and fiancée of actor Jack Reynor) who once helped The Rubberbandits make their greatest hit, has quit the industry altogether to become a hiking guide and photographer.

We meet at a carpark by the Blessington Lakes, near her Wicklow home. "How are you?" I ask.


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