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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Proud mum Yvonne’s parenting skills put to the test on new show

Yvonne Keating and Andrea Barry from Kilkenny in RTE's The Family Project
Yvonne Keating and Andrea Barry from Kilkenny in RTE's The Family Project

SHE has already flourished in the modelling world and excelled as a TV food enthusiast - and now Yvonne Keating can add bona fide TV presenter to her CV.

The mum-of-three last night celebrated the broadcast of her episode of RTE's The Family Project, which sees the 40-year-old play the mentor as she helps fellow parents with their children.

Yvonne, who got a taste for TV after featuring in Celebrity Masterchef, fronted the final programme of the summer series, which saw a string of celebrities play the mentor over the course of six weeks, and viewers saw her head to Kilkenny to assist Andrea Barry with her two sons, eight-year-old Dylan and Cameron (3).

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"It's about setting projects for families that are struggling with everyday struggles and then setting them projects to help them help themselves," the tall blonde said.

Audiences watched the former wife of Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating come up with ideas to collect family memories and understand the inner workings of the household.

"It's a lovely TV show and hopefully people will get something from it," Yvonne said. "We've come on so much in our approach to parenting and children and how positive it is.

"You look at the controversy around how children were treated years and years ago and most people now make children a priority in their lives," she added.

Yvonne, who split from singer Ronan after 14 years of marriage in April, 2012 and is now dating cameraman John Conroy, balances her workload with motherhood.

In between taking on her own projects in the spotlight, including a slot with This Morning on ITV, 
she has been accompanying 13-year-old actress daughter Missy to film sets.

"She is sensible because a lot of people understandably think you're putting your child into a business and obviously there's a lot of pitfalls and it's an industry that can be quite difficult for someone at any age, never mind a child," Yvonne said.

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