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Norah and pal Richard dazzle at film premiere

FORMER Dragons' Den star Norah Casey has spoken of her strong friendship with pal and celebrity chef Richard Corrigan after the pair stepped out for the glitzy premiere of Lincoln in the Savoy.

Norah, who lost her husband Richard Hannaford to illness in 2011, spoke fondly of her long-standing friendship with the chef, and also counts Today Show co-star Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh among her good friends.

"Richard is great and we've been friends for 20 years," Norah told the Diary. "It's a great relief to have him around and he's a fantastic friend."

Dublin chef Richard, who owns popular eateries in London, accompanied Norah to the premiere. The pair shared a table at the glitzy affair with presenter-turned-actress Blathnaid and other pals.

Norah, who runs publishing company Harmonia Ltd, held her own on the red carpet next to Hollywood stars such as Sally Field.