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Sarah Newman and DJ Carey

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Sarah Newman

Businesswoman and entrepreneur Sarah Newman has found love again, with one of Ireland's top lawyers.

The Sunday Independent can reveal that the former Dragon's Den star has been stepping out with a lawyer from a leading international law firm with offices in Dublin.

It heralds a fresh start for Ms Newman, who had been engaged to marry hurling legend DJ Carey before the couple went their separate way in 2012.

But friends say the businesswoman is smiling again, having moved home, and taken up a new hobby, cycling.

Now she has captured the attention of the handsome lawyer. Her new beau caught her eye when they both attended a concert recently.

A source told the Sunday Independent: "Sarah now spends her time going between England and Ireland. She has put the past behind her and wants to move on. She is working on a new business now and is very happy with how everything is going. She still has a good circle of friends in Ireland who she visits when she is home."

It's been a difficult few years for the mother-of-two, who was due to marry Carey in the summer of 2011. The following Christmas, it emerged the businesswoman was forced to sell off her luxury Swiss chalet, which she had named after her daughter. Chalet Grace, a 450sqm property in the alpine ski resort of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn, boasted accommodation for 14 people, a cinema, a wellness centre and a games room.

Until then, the former Dragons' Den star had a Midas touch when it came to business. She moved to Ireland in 1994 when she founded Needa-hotel.com, which she sold in 2006 for an undisclosed figure, believed to be in the region of €50m - including €30m cash.

In May 2011, it was reported that Newman and Carey consented at the Commercial Court to a judgment of more than €9.5m against them in favour of AIB Bank, arising from loans and guarantees of each others' liabilities.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly granted judgment against Carey, arising from an April 2007 mortgage loan of €7.85m, which was advanced in the context of a wider commercial transaction involving him and associated businesses to refinance debts due to Irish Nationwide Building Society, and to release equity on properties held by him and Ms Newman.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent at the time, Sarah took a measured view on her annus horribilis. "I want a small, cosy home that I can be happy and comfortable in and that's what I have and nothing else matters. I couldn't give a toss what anybody else thinks. I have really changed over the past number of months; I really know who I am now. And all that matters is my Grace and my Patrick."

Sunday Independent