Tuesday 21 November 2017

Exclusive: Irish rugby star Sean O'Brien splits with Georgia McGurk after one year

Sean O'Brien and Georgia McGurk at the Leinster Ball. Picture: Sportsfile
Sean O'Brien and Georgia McGurk at the Leinster Ball. Picture: Sportsfile
Sean O’Brien. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Georgia McGurk
Georgia (far left) and Alannah McGurk with their pose with Miriam O'Callaghan
Alannah (centre) is now a barrister and recently engaged to Fiachra Breathnach.
Tadgh Furlong, Sean O'Brien and Jack McGrath Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Sean O'Brien and Georgia McGurk at the Leinster Ball. Picture: Sportsfile
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Irish rugby star Sean O'Brien has split with girlfriend Georgia McGurk after one year.

The 'Tullow Tank' (28), who was called up the British & Irish Lions squad last month, quietly ended things with McGurk (23), a fashion PR executive, in April after more than a year together.

The couple first began dating in November 2015 and with both of their celebrity connections, it was a relationship bound to make headlines - O'Brien is one of the most talked about players in rugby and the DIT graduate is the daughter of RTE star Miriam O'Callaghan and broadcaster Tom McGurk.

It looked like things were serious for the pair as they flew to Barbados together last summer for a luxurious 10-night stay at Sandy Lane hotel and she was often spotted cheering him on, joining the other players' wives and girlfriends during Ireland's Six Nations campaigns both this year and last.

Sean O'Brien and Georgia McGurk at the Leinster Ball. Picture: Sportsfile
Sean O'Brien and Georgia McGurk at the Leinster Ball. Picture: Sportsfile

O'Brien, who is famously private with his relationships, went public with the romance at the Leinster Ball last May, but said he preferred to keep his personal life out of the spotlight.

"Things were going well between them, but the relationship just fizzled out," an insider told Independent.ie.

"Georgia is busy with work, while Sean is focusing on being in tip top shape for the Lions tour this summer."

Meanwhile, McGurk has her hands full with her sister Alannah's upcoming wedding to Fiachra Breathnach.

Georgia (far left) and Alannah McGurk with their pose with Miriam O'Callaghan
Georgia (far left) and Alannah McGurk with their pose with Miriam O'Callaghan
Sean O’Brien. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Sean O’Brien. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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