Claudine teams up with fellow Irish WAG Jessica
ONE is married to a national icon, the other is the wife of a man who upset the whole country.
So its come as some surprise that Claudine Keane (27) and Jessica Lawlor have struck up a friendship following the Irish captain's transfer to Aston Villa.
The Herald can reveal how the other half of controversial soccer star Stephen Ireland (25) has welcomed the lingerie model to Birmingham with open arms.
And the two glamourous girls have arranged to watch today's match together and cheer on their partners from the sidelines as Aston Villa take on Everton in the Barclay's Premiere League.
"Claudine and Jessica would have met briefly over the years but it wasn't until last year's VIP Style Awards that they really got chatting as they were both sitting at the same table," said a source.
"They used to have the same agent in Britain but hadn't met properly until then and got on like a house in fire. They have loads in common and Claudine's thrilled to have friends in Birmingham already.
"Jessica's going to take her out and show her the best places to go and recommend some nice restaurants."
Republic of Ireland captain Robbie is due to make his Aston Villa debut this afternoon, providing his fitness levels are up to scratch. The soccer international has joined Villa from LA Galaxy until the end of February, ahead of the leading the boys in green to the Euro's 2012 this summer.
Keane had a spell at West Ham last season before he left Tottenham for LA Galaxy.