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Xpose's Lisa lines out with her new partner -- rugby ace Richie

TV BEAUTY Lisa Cannon is tackling a new man in her life, the Diary can reveal.

The Xpose reporter (30) went public with her strapping rugby boyfriend, her first beau since ending her long-term relationship seven months ago.

The Dublin socialite set tongues wagging after stepping out with her other half at a glitzy Halloween masquerade ball held in Carton House.

And she confirmed that she and Welshman Richard Keatley -- who once played for Wales -- had been an item for just over two months.

"We met at Tonic bar in Blackrock and we just really clicked and got on like a house on fire," she said.

"It's still early days but he's a lovely guy and we're just seeing how things go. At the moment we're really enjoying each other's company and having a great laugh."

The pair certainly appeared smitten at the black-tie ball, held to mark the Maynooth hotel's fifth birthday bash.

Her beau previously played for his home nation of Wales as well as playing rugby league for Wakefield and for Connacht. Now based in Dublin, he's currently out injured but hopes to resume playing soon.

The bubbly brunette, who interviewed Hollywood hunk George Clooney last week, previously had a seven-year relationship with Sean Reid.

But the pair called it quits seven months ago after deciding that things weren't working, with Lisa explaining how things ended on "very good terms".

And there was no shortage of familiar faces pressing the flesh at the Carton House ball, with 100 guests invited out to celebrate the Halloween weekend in style.

Looking chic in a full-length gold dress from Limerick boutique Ivory Closet was model agency owner Celia Holman Lee, who was there with hubbie Ger.

The glamorous granny revealed how her daughter Cecile is due her second baby just before Christmas.

The model scout has also reckoned that Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter, currently competing in the Miss World competition, will have a bright future ahead of her.

She explained how she was good friends with Holly's late grandmother, gossip columnist Terry Keane -- and Holly takes after her a lot.

"She has great style and is full of personality, just like Terry. She's going to do very well in the industry," she said.

Other attendees included Herald columnists Colette Fitzpatrick and Melanie Morris alongside TV3's Alan Cantwell and producer Patrick Kinsella. Also there was Apprentice mentor Brian Purcell -- who decided to continue on the fun with a trip in to Mantra nightclub in Maynooth.