Thursday 17 January 2019

Gerald to open up about Lisa's raid hell

Celebrity lawyer Gerald Kean is to open his heart about the traumatic break-in at his home in which fiancee Lisa Murphy was terrorised by a vicious gang.

Host Miriam O'Callaghan will talk to Gerald Kean on her chat show tomorrow night as he relives the moment he walked in to his luxury Co Wicklow home to find Lisa screaming after being tied to a chair by a masked gang of four men.

The intruders had made off with jewellery worth over half a million euro including a 10 carat engagement ring give to Lisa by her previous boyfriend, dancer Michael Flatley.

Also on the show is RTE newsreader Michael Murphy, who married his long-time partner in a civil partnership.

He'll discuss his joy at the State finally giving recognition to his partnership with psychotherapist Terry O'Sullivan.

Michael was particularly concerned during his battle with prostate cancer, which was diagnosed in 2007.

"Supposing I had died, Terry would not have received my share of our apartment, even though we have lived there together for the past 26 years," he said. "Very unfair -- so now it is fair and equal, and we're delighted about that so a little bit of history is being made.

The pair entered into a civil partnership as a result of the Civil Partnership Act, which came into effect in January and which provides legal recognition for same-sex couples.

Finally X-Factor's Mary Byrne will reveal she's thrilled at being chosen as a special guest support for Neil Diamond at his concert in the Aviva next weekend.

She will chat with Miriam about her hectic year after leaving her Tesco supermarket job for the X-Factor and what it was like meeting Queen Elizabeth on her recent visit.

When Mary sang for the queen and later introduced, to her, the monarch remarked: "You are the lady off The X Factor. Your song was fabulous."

Host Miriam O'Callaghan may be willing to take a €90,000 pay cut but her show is topping the ratings and last week attracted 520,000 viewers -- a 41pc audience share.

"It's like, as someone said, it's eavesdropping on a nice conversation. It's less formal, I can't put my finger on it but it works, thank God."

Saturday Night with Miriam is on RTE; One at 9.35pm tomorrow

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