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The Hills star Whitney to jet in for festival

THE gorgeous star of MTV's hit show The Hills will make her Irish debut next month, the Herald can reveal.

Fashionista Whitney Port (26) says she is "so excited" to be visiting for the first time.

The 5ft 10in blonde, who has her own Whitney Eve clothing range, is flying into Ireland to officially launch the Summertime Festival at Kildare Village on July 1.

The American style icon has also created a canvas tote bag which will be exclusively sold at the Kildare outlet to raise money for Paul Newman's Barretstown children's camp charity.

"I'm so excited to be the face of the Summertime Festival at Kildare Village. This will be my first visit to Ireland," she said.

The festival is a four-week long entertainment, shopping and food event taking place at the outlet, which will mark its fifth anniversary next month.

Port's bag is expected to be this season's must-have item among fashion fans.

She is following in the footsteps of her Hills co-star Jayde Nicol, who last year made a surprise visit to Time nightclub in Naas, Co Kildare.

In good news for Ireland's male admirers of TV beauty Whitney, who's also a model and actress, she is back on the market following her split from fellow MTV star Ben Nemtin. The pair began dating in February 2010 but she recently confirmed that she no longer has a boyfriend.