Jennifer Maguire's last-minute hen party...before wedding in less than a week
Brave Jennifer Maguire is leaving her fate in the hands of her best pal as she marks her last weekend as a singleton with her hen party.
And the Diary can reveal how the RTE star (34) will have just two days to recover as she's marrying fiance Lau Zamparelli next Tuesday, July 1.
She's being kept entirely in the dark as to the plans for her hen party as her good friend Claudine Giles is organising the whole weekend.
However, she has instructed her to keep the tacky paraphernalia to a minimum, and wants a "low-key night" to match her low-key wedding.
"I'm really looking forward to my hen. I totally trust my friends to make sure we all have a brilliant time - and I know they won't do anything to mortify me!" she said.
Her half-Italian fiance had his stag a few weeks ago and she said he came back "a broken man".
"I had to put him back together. He went to the UK with all his pals. He's not a big drinker and it nearly killed him," she said.
The Republic of Telly star will have her sister Michelle as her only bridesmaid and they'll have just 70 guests at the bash in Castle Leslie, the same venue where Aoife Cogan married Gordon D'Arcy.
Jennifer said there are "no nerves" about the big day as she feels like she's marrying her best pal. Her dress has been designed by Kathy de Stafford and she says they're keeping the whole ceremony "quite relaxed".
"All my family are coming from Abu Dhabi and New York and it will be the first time we've all been together in about ten years," she continued.
The happy couple will jet off on honeymoon to the Seychelles afterwards, and Jen said she's relishing just putting her feet up and turning her phone off.
"I am taking three weeks off, and it is the first time in ten years that I won't be working or writing or thinking about work or taking any calls," she continued.
But she's hoping that she won't jinx the weather while she's away on the paradise island.
"I bring the rain everywhere I go, so he's been saying 'I'm not going on holiday with you again because every time we go away, it rains'," she added.
She'll be taking a nice break from her new breakfast show with Keith Walsh and Bernard O'Shea and admitted that while it takes "a while to bed in", they've had a fantastic response from listeners.
(Dubliner's Diary; The Herald)