Yvonne Keating has been announced as the new Kildare Failte tourism ambassador for the county.
The model and broadcaster, who was formerly married to Boyzone star Ronan Keating, is a native of Straffan.
She recalled her memories of growing up in the county at the formal announcement, which was made on Thursday afternoon at the K Club.
Her fellow Kildare Failte ambassador, veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne, also spoke at the launch and praised the work being done to promote tourism in the Lilywhite county.
Tony Jones, chairman of County Kildare Failte, said the organisation was lookin gforward to working with Yvonne on a programme of festivals and events in 2014.
Full interview in next Tuesday’s Leinster Leader