Monday 24 October 2016

I had an amazing time in the sun with new love, reveals Karena Graham

Karena Graham
Karena Graham

She's just back from a two-month trip to the Caribbean and model Karena Graham says things are "amazing" with her new beau, Damien O'Donohoe.

Damien runs Irish sports talent management agency Ikon with rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll and soccer ace Damien Duff.

He splits his time between Ireland and the stunning Caribbean island of St Lucia, where he has been running the Caribbean Premier League cricket tournament for the past three years and Karena got to join him on an exotic trip there this summer.

"It was an unbelievable experience," Karena told the Diary.

"I'm a huge fan of cricket now, I didn't know anything about it when I first got there but I'm definitely up on it - I could play myself now."

The 28-year-old says she feels "very lucky" she was able to take time off to enjoy a few months in the sun with her new beau.

The pair have been seeing each other since earlier this year

"It was such a great summer, and I feel very lucky I got to go," she said.

"That's the joys of this job, you can book out and go away for a few months.

"It was mostly all work but it was a great few weeks and I got to meet some amazing people."


Karena says her and Damien have known each other for a "long, long time" and are "happy out" together.

"It's going really well, he's amazing and we're really happy," she said.

While she's only recently back on home soil, she's been busy working as model boss Andrea Roche has her "up to her eyes".

"There won't be any more holidays for a while. I think I've taken enough time off so I'm getting stuck back into work," she said.

Karena had set her sights on moving to LA and working as a Pilates instructor but has put the plan on hold.

"I found it so difficult to move to LA as the visas were so hard to get and I wanted to get away from modelling and do something else," she said.

"So I thought if I was to qualify in Pilates it was something I could bring everywhere with me.

"I don't know what will happen with LA as Andrea has me so busy.

"I want to go anywhere hot, I'm more of a sun girl, I'm just not winter at all - it doesn't suit me," she added.

Hopefully there'll be lots more sun holidays with Damien in Karena's future.

Karena was speaking at the launch of this year's Cannonball road trip.

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