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Wednesday 16 January 2019

Laura's back in arms of Danny as Coronas jet home from tour

DUBLIN'S latest celebrity couple -- Coronas frontman Danny O'Reilly and MTV presenter Laura Whitmore -- were reunited this weekend after a long stint apart, when the singer jetted home to perform at 7up's Back For The Craic competition.

Bray beauty Laura, who has been dating the star for six months, jetted into town from her adopted home of London in order to watch Danny and his bandmates take to the stage at the Tivoli theatre on Saturday evening, marking the couple's first public outing together.

Later the high-profile pair moved on to popular hotspot Sin, where Laura's MTV co-stars Rickie Haywood and Melvin Odoom took to the decks as celebrity DJs for the night.

Fresh from his band's first headline tour of the States, Danny told the Diary how he was suffering from serious jetlag after flying home from Chicago that morning, but admitted that he was delighted to be back on home soil after living out of a suitcase for three months.

The talented musician, who is the son of popular Irish singer Mary Black, also revealed how he thoroughly enjoyed supporting fellow Irish band The Script for three weeks on the European leg of their tour last month.

"We did three and a half weeks with the Script at the end of January and opened for them every night," Danny explained. "We really enjoyed it, they're great guys and we had a great time with them on the road.

"They're really lovely and dedicated to what they do. Every day, in every city they went to, they gave it 100pc.

"They gave us lots of advice. We're doing a big Aviva gig with them in July so we're all really looking forward to that. It's always great to play at home."

Danny and his bandmates headlined Saturday night's gig, with The Delorentos acting as support.

The event took place in order to celebrate 7up Free's Back For The Craic contest, which saw the brand fly seven Irish people home from Australia for St Patrick's Day.

As part of their prize, the competition winners enjoyed a meet and greet with the Coronas.

Danny is now looking forward to taking some time out for himself.

"We're at home for a while now," he said. "We've been on the road for three months now so it's good to be back in Ireland after being away so long.

"We'll be heading to some of the colleges around the country to gig and then we'll be taking some time off.

"I'm going to Dingle for a break and then it will be back into the studio.

"We've lots of songs written so the next step is to record."

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