This month we catch up with the ever glamourous Lorraine Keane, Lorraine we all remember from her radio days with her traffic reports, but she has many things achieved and completed since those days, she was voted “most influential person in fashion & beauty for 2015” at CFW for her Keane On Style event. She is very proud of that, she is also putting the plans in place for the new Keane on Style roadshow which will bring her team of hair, make up, skincare, anti-ageing and body shape experts, fashion designers and lifestyle gurus on a nationwide tour of Ireland in Autumn/Winter. She is delighted to announce her new event sponsors for this are Renault Ireland .she works with a number of charities and currently works with ‘make a wish Ireland’, Trocaire, world vision Ireland, the Down syndrome centre, Laura Lynn children’s hospice and the Dublin rape crisis centre. And on top of all that is a busy mum to two beautiful girls.
Lorraine tells us a little bit about yourself where did your media life all begin for you?
In senior college ballyfermot. My friend Ali was reading the prospectus for herself and found this course that she thought was ‘made for me’. After one year I qualified I broadcasting & journalism and was on my way to DCU to do a 4 year degree course in media communications when I my course coordinator at SCB Brenda Harnett sent me for an interview and audition with AA Road watch. 2 weeks later I was broadcasting live to the nation on Morning Ireland on Radio 1 and the rest is history. I never DID get to be a college bum that summer or any other summer after that but I’ve always loved working so no regrets. AA
Road watch was an amazing start for me. I adored my time there.
We all remember you as the AA Road watch lady on the radio does this still follow you around a bit?
Yes gladly. I’ve such fond memories of my time there. People ask me to say my sign off regularly for fun. I’ll forever have a double barrel name Lorraine Keane AA Road watch
You then moved to TV was this a big change from radio?
For me they are the same as I’m the same although I find TV easier in some ways as on radio you only have your voice, your words. On TV an expression can tell a thousand words.
You always look amazing have you any tips for our readers on getting the look right?
Knowing what suits your shape is so important and feeling comfortable. If you feel confident and look happy you’ll look better.
Recently you have done a serious of events ‘Keane on Style’ would you like to tell us about them?
They are great fun nights out for women with yummy food and wine, a great fashion show with some of my favourite Irish designers and independent boutiques, on stage hair & make up demonstrations and expert talks, presentations and advice from the best people working in skincare, anti-ageing, body shape, nutrition and health in the business here. These are people that I have been lucky to work with over the course of my career. I love gathering these wonderful professionals under one roof and ‘staring’ them with other women. You will go away having had a great night out and having leaner bed a thing or two too. With the ‘all important’ fabulous goody bag!
You’re a mum too so I guess like the rest of us you juggle work and home life to suit do you find this difficult with the demands on your time?
Some days I get it right, some days I get it wrong but I’ve learned not to beat myself up about it. The juggle is a struggle but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I adore my work and my favourite thing to be and do is a mum so I’ll be ‘winging it’ for the rest of my life on both counts. My girls know they are number 1 and I will always but their needs first but they also appreciate that I want to work and having a career makes me happy so we all try to be understanding and facilitate each other when we need to.
You’re on your way to Listowel very soon to judge best dressed for their annual Bank Holiday Weekend Race Meeting, Do you like judging these events?
I love it. I’m a people watcher and this gives me the perfect excuse to look people up & down (laughs). I also love the races so it’s a great excuse to take the time out to enjoy the day.
What do you look out for on the day? Can you give our readers some tips on dressing for the races?
It’s generally a pretty glamorous affair but I believe it’s important to dress a little practically too when it comes to the elements. It’s important you enjoy your day. In saying that I do like to see where someone has put a lot of thought into an outfit and made a real effort to accessorise from head to toe. Check the forecast in advance and be comfortable.
Finally what does Lorraine do to chill and unwind if there is a spare minute at the weekend?
Hanging out with Peter and the girls and my two furry babies. We love going for walks and outdoor adventures. Being with my family is my happiest time. And a little retail therapy or a nice bottle of wine is also nice.
So there we have Lorraine and if you would like to catch up with her go along to the Listowel June Bank Holiday weekend race meeting , Listowel is a great town and the spirit of traders working together in a small town is very alive and well here. Even though the September meeting is the highlight of the racing calendar the people of Listowel look forward to this weekend in June and it’s a great event for the town, but we met up with one lady who does incredible work to ensure the highlight that is Lady’s day on the Sunday meeting is a success.
Eilish you are the lady behind the successful Ladies Day for the June bank Holiday meeting in Listowel, how did you get this role?
I nominated myself really to be honest, Ladies Day needed to make a comeback for the June Bank Holiday week end. I approached the Race Company and they gave me great support so here we are and it’s getting stronger each year.
It must be extremely hard work getting it all together do you enjoy it?
Yes it is a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it when it all comes together on the day it’s wonderful. When I see all the stylish Ladies arriving to enjoy their day it’s a job well done.
Are the businesses of the town supportive of it?
Yes, all the businesses and Publicans give me great support and sponsorship for this event, it just would not be possible without each and every one of them so a massive thanks to them all.
What advice would you give ladies planning the trip to Listowel Come early the judges will be on course at 1.30 ,dress to impress keeping in mind it is the start of the summer meetings ,so a burst of colour would be nice and of course our Irish weather a umbrella wouldn’t go astray.
Is it a good day out for the men in our lives?
Of course it is, it’s a lovely days racing and also a great family day out so bring all the family and have fun and let’s hope for a little sunshine too.
And as Eilish says it’s a fun day out for all the family so make sure you don’t miss it, we had a little trip around the shops, local boutiques Coco and Glamourous and award winning local Milliner Aoife Hannon agreed to feature some fashion looks for us for your day at the races.
While doing our fashion shoot this issue we met with local hair stylist Sandra Shanahan who has a good news story of her own, having worked from home for some time she is now branching out on to Church Street where her new base opens at Tan–n-Go this month, Sandra is delighted with the move and looks forward to welcoming you for all your hair requirements. They specialise in bridal and occasion hair styles as well as the wonderful treatments they offer it’s definitely worth a visit. She styled Shauna in this issue and we think she is amazing. The look was completed by the very talented Sharon Heffernan of Harmony Beauty rooms Listowel, Sharon is always introducing new products and treatments to leave you feeling and looking beautiful and she certainly did that with Shauna, so you too will look amazing after a trip to Sharon.
That’s a sample of how to get yourself organised for the day, but don’t forget to make your way back into the town where all the wonderful eateries and pubs have a great line up planned to ensure you will enjoy your trip to Listowel.