Sunday 20 January 2019

Jackie and Michelle cut their party short

APPRENTICE star Jackie Lavin and her right-hand woman Michelle Massey -- winner of last year's show -- had to cut the festivities short last night ahead of today's first day of filming on the fourth season of the TV3 series.

The Diary caught up with glamorous businesswoman Jackie at the upmarket Westin Hotel in Dublin yesterday, where she was busy celebrating her Kerry spa, The Cloisters, which won a second accolade in a matter of days at the Irish Tatler Spa Awards.

The popular retreat, located at her five-star Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney, was announced as the winner of the Best Therapist Award, after taking the title of World Luxury Spa just two weeks ago.

And while the former model was keen to toast her good news in style with partner Bill Cullen, the power couple decided an early night was called for, in order to be fresh to meet the new batch of contestants on this year's Apprentice.

"We limited it to just one glass of champagne as we are filming," Jackie laughed. "We haven't met any of the contestants yet, we've just seen the CVs so far.

"From what I've heard they're a little bit more mature this year so it will be interesting to see what they're like.

"We've just been doing some prep and setting things up and having meetings so far, so this is the first day of filming. That will be another celebration. We're absolutely thrilled about the Spa's big win. It's just fantastic."

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