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Gerald and Lisa's wedding set to be low-key and light on celebs

Celebrity solicitor Gerald Kean and his bride-to-be Lisa Murphy have put their plans to wed in Switzerland on ice -- in favour of a warmer destination.

The high-profile couple, who have just returned from their annual holiday in Miami, are hoping to tie the knot before the end of the year.

Millionaire Kean claims that a venue in France is now high on their wish-list, given that it would not be too far for their guests to travel.

Plus, both he and Lisa are fond of the idyllic countryside over there.

France has been popular with Irish celebrities -- with Westlife's Nicky Byrne and Georgina Ahern, and U2's the Edge, marrying there.

"We haven't made a decision yet, but both of us would like to get married abroad," Kean told the Herald.

Memorable

"We just think it would suit us better. It would make it more memorable and hopefully a bit easier to plan.

"I'm not ruling anything out. It could be any random place yet. There was talk of Switzerland, but it might be a bit too cold.

"We also love France, as both myself and Lisa have spent a lot of time there over the years, but, as I say, it's all up in the air.

"We had hoped to start planning while we were away, but we were enjoying ourselves too much.

"We need to sit down and discuss it properly in the next few weeks."

The Cork native was previously married to fellow solicitor Clodagh, whom he met while studying at UCD, and is eager to keep his second trip down the aisle low-key.

The couple say they are determined their wedding will be an exclusive affair, with only close friends and family in attendance.

"I find that what happens with these celebrity bashes is that they often become bigger than the actual occasion itself -- the wedding," Kean said.

"To me, I've always lived on a planet where you surround yourself and celebrate with those closest to you when you have something to celebrate.

"Obviously, I do represent a number of celebrities and am friendly with some people who might be considered to be celebrities.

"All I can say is that our very close friends and family members will be there. Once we have the venue picked, we'll sit down and plan the guest-list."

The well-to-do businessman will have plenty to keep him occupied over the coming months, given that he has just launched his first magazine.

The legal eagle describes his self-titled publication Kean Business as a "business bible" for all those trying to survive the recession, and claims he has no qualms about launching the venture at a time when the country is in dire straits financially.

Confident

He is confident Kean Business will attract a readership of more than 25,000 people and is planning a star-studded launch party for the venture in the coming weeks.

Former British cabinet minister Michael Portillo has been confirmed to officially launch the new magazine.

lnolan@herald.ie