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Storm Keating may have been born with a model-ready name, but if things had gone differently we'd be calling her something very different indeed.

The Aussie beauty took to Instagram just now to defend herself after some controversy around her "real" name cropped up on 2fm this morning.

During an interview with 2fm's Breakfast Republic host Jennifer Maguire, RTÉ's weather queen Teresa Mannion dropped the bombshell that Storm's real name might not in fact be the one we've always known her by.

"When I was doing Good Morning Australia, the presenters were chatting to me during the break and they were saying, ‘Do you kow Ronan Keating?'” she said, according to Goss.ie.

"He’s married to an Australian’ and I said ‘Oh yeah, Storm’ and they said that’s not her real name. There was a little bit of bitchiness there.”

After some Google sleuthing, Jennifer suggested on air that Storm's name might in fact be (the far less glamourous) Sharyn.

Now, Storm's setting the record straight – yes her first name IS Sharyn, but she's always gone by her middle name.

She even went so far as to post a copy of her birth cert – which does indeed list her name as Sharyn Storm Uechtritz – to prove it.

"My birth certificate for @JenniferMaguire and anyone else who is curious about my name," the model wrote. 

"My parents took the name 'Storm' from one of the novels in Wilbur Smith's first trilogy (a famous South African journalist) because they loved it and have called me Storm since I was born.

"They made my first name 'Sharyn' because they were worried that people might make fun of me… turns out they were right.

"The use of middle names is not uncommon," she finished, going on to list other celebs – including Brad Pitt, Ashton Kutcher, Bruce Willis, Rihanna and Will Ferrell – who've ditched their first names.

If you want to hear more, it might be worth tuning into 2fm tomorrow morning, at least if Jennifer gets her way:



First her daughter, now her mum… Jennifer Maguire is keeping it in the family with promotion for her new RTÉ series, Bridget and Eamon.

The actress and comedian shared a brilliant family throwback snap from the Eighties on social media this morning, and now we can see exactly where she got the inspiration for her Bridget costume.

While Mrs. Maguire was no doubt a far better mother than the chain-smoking Bridget, the two definitely share a similar style:

"Just found this old pic. My Ma aka Bridget!! All she needs is the fag and glasses," Jennifer wrote alongside the old Communion Day snap.

And just last month Jen got her baby daughter in on the fun, dressing up little Florence as a mini-Bridget, complete with wig, dressing gown and glasses.

Now all we need is her husband Lau Zamparelli with a ginger wig and bad suit á la Eamon.

Um… maybe not.


RTÉ star Jennifer Maguire is known for her ultra-chic style, but she insists she didn't always have quite as firm a grasp on the world of fashion.

Speaking to SHEmazing! today ahead of her return to RTÉ2 as everyone's favourite 1980s mammy on Bridget & Eamon, Jennifer recalled her own memories of that "ridiculous" decade.

"I was all about the shiny tracksuits, and my sisters and I all had awful hair," she admitted.

"I'm amazed we survived the Eighties really. 

"My own style would be more inspired by Alex Chung than Bridget, I love that 'effortless' look… But the Eighties is so in right now."

Of course, now that she's an Irish mammy herself – indeed, she welcomed her first daughter Florence last March – Jennifer's all about the 1980s throwbacks.

"The moment Florence gets sick she'll have flat 7Up and dry toast.

"That's a given, it cures everything, I'm sure it cures cancer, they just haven't spotted it yet."

With little Florence about to turn one, Jennifer says she's definitely open to having more kids – but not just yet.

"I'd love to do a Miriam [O'Callaghan] on it and have a rake of kids," she explains.

"But I live in a shoebox so it's not feasible right now."

For the moment, the mum-of-one is happy to focus on building her career, which got a huge boost last year when RTÉ commissioned Bridget & Eamon – originally a Republic of Telly sketch – for a full series.

"We’re really proud of it," says Jennifer of the new show, written by herself, Jason Butler and co-star Bernard O'Shea. 

"So many people have told us how much they love the characters and how much Bridget reminds them of their mammy or their mad neighbour. I hope people enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed making it."

Bridget & Eamon starts on RTÉ2 on Monday 1 February at 10pm – check out our interview with Jennifer below:



Expect to see every second baby dressed up as a mini Bridget or Eamon this Halloween, all thanks to Jennifer Maguire's genius idea.

The new mum was clearly having some fun with her Republic of Telly wardrobe this afternoon, and shared the world's sweetest photo of her daughter Florence all gussied up as an Irish Mammy.

"Lots of excitement in my house for #bridgetandeamon Monday night 1st Feb on @RTE2 #choppychangey" she wrote alongside a snap of Florence rocking Bridget's signature brown wig and clear plastic glasses.

Jennifer and her husband Lau Zamparelli welcomed their first daughter back in March, eight months after their country wedding at Castle Leslie in Co. Monaghan.

The RTÉ star, whose Republic of Telly skits as Irish mammy Bridget led to a spin-off show which kicks off next week, admitted recently that she struggled during the early stages of motherhood.

"You’re running on empty. You’re so busy with a newborn. Nobody tells you to look after yourself,” she told the Irish Examiner, adding that she had "put too much pressure on herself."

Well, it looks like year two of being a mum is definitely agreeing with Jennifer – we're hoping this isn't the last of the mini-me fancy dress sessions.

Catch Bridget & Eamon next Monday Feb 1 at 10pm on RTÉ2.



It’s without doubt the glitziest night in the world of Irish showbiz, and our favourite celebrities didn’t disappoint as they hit the red carpet for the VIP Style Awards.

Walking away with the big prize on the night, Most Stylish Woman, was model-turned-blogger Pippa O’Connor.

If her outfit on the night was anything to go by, she certainly was a worthy winner. The star dazzled in a stunning champagne-coloured halter-neck dress, attending the event with presenter pal Brian Dowling.


I don't have my Brian @brianormondtv but I have the next best person @bprdowling .. Having great fun tonight #vipstyleawards

A photo posted by Pippa O'Connor Ormond (@pipsy_pie) on

Taking to Instagram to celebrate her win, Pippa shared a photo of herself with her shiny new award, with the caption: “Sooo thrilled, excited, shocked. Can’t believe I won!!! Thanks to everyone that voted!!!!”

Actor Rory Cowan took the award for Most Stylish Man, stylist Lisa Fitzpatrick won Look of the Year, while Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh won Most Stylish Newcomer.

All eyes were on the fabulous Jennifer Maguire, who was stepping out for the first time since welcoming her daughter, and her stunning look secured her win as the Most Stylish Woman on the Night.

The ceremony, which took place at the Marker Hotel in Dublin, certainly was a star-studded event, with the top names from the world of Irish showbiz and TV wowing on the red carpet.

Congratulations to all of the winners!



Republic of Telly presenter Jennifer Maguire is currently several days overdue with her first child – and today could be the big day.

However she revealed on social media this morning that she's hoping her new arrival will wait until tomorrow, to avoid having to burden her child with a Paddy's Day-appropriate name.

The star, who married her long-term partner Lau Zamparelli last summer, took to Twitter to beg the little one to "stay up there" for another 24 hours:

Paddy Zamparelli – kind of has a ring to it!

Even if her little one does decide to make his or her entrance today, we're sure Jennifer will be thrilled, as she admitted she's tired of waiting. "I want to have it as soon as possible. Please, because I'm tired of telling everyone, 'nope, not yet'", she told the Irish Independent earlier this week.

Jennifer also revealed that she's keen to get back to work as soon as she feels up to it after the birth. "I suppose I worked right up to my due date because I felt great… And, let's be honest, sitting on my arse doing a radio show is hardly work," she said. 

"I'm not picking stones or on my feet for hours. I'll be off for around ten to twelve weeks depending."

We'll be waiting with bated breath for the big news today (or tomorrow, if Jennifer gets her way)!



Irish TV presenter Jennifer Maguire's due date is drawing near, so we can imagine the last thing she wants to hear is a snarky comment about her weight.

But the Republic of Telly star showed she can give as good as she gets when she shared a particularly sassy response on Twitter today.

Jennifer, who is expecting her first child with new husband Lau Zamparelli, was out shopping when a stranger commented on the size of her bump.

"To the girl in the phone shop who said to me 'you are huge..Is there 2 in there?' I saw this and thought of you," wrote Jennifer on her Twitter account, posting this message:

Yup, we've definitely met a few of those before!


What a TV week! Niamh Geaney is joined in studio by TV fanatics Emma Power and Conor Behan to talk the telly talk. Did you watch Love Hate last night? If not, shame on you! The series is back with a bang and we take you through the highlights. Another explosive weekend for the X Factor contestants was had, were you happy with the finalists chosen? Emma and Conor have a thing or two to say! We also take a look at RTE’s very real reality show Connected and prank show The Fear which has just returned to our screens. Funny or cruel? We tell you what we think. Enjoy!

Join us back here tomorrow for your weekly event guide The Line-Up.



We don’t think we’d react as well as poor Kevin if we were put on live radio at a moment’s notice!

Then to be faced with the (fake) news of Bernard O’Shea’s death and asked to do an impression…

We would crumble – but not Kevin!



Seriously, ANOTHER pregnancy?! Jennifer Maguire’s 2fm co-star Bernard accidentally announced to their listeners that she is expecting her first baby!

Bernard jokingly said on air: “You can be best friends with Amy Huberman now!”

And Jennifer wasn’t best pleased with the unexpected announcement!

“It wasn’t the way we wanted to announce it, by you blurting it out on air.”

Ah, well! We’re delighted here at SHEmazing!, so many babies on the way!

Jennifer doesn't sound too excited about the realities of having a baby though, as she's just tweeted: 

Any takers?!



Jennifer Maguire married her partner Zau Zamparelli yesterday afternoon in Castle Leslie, and it’s fair to say that the whole ceremony looked absolutely gorgeous. Her dress, in particular, was a sight to behold.

Check out the official photos below – it all looks so romantic!







Republic of Telly presenter, Jennifer Maguire, has married her long-term partner Zau Zamparelli at an intimate ceremony at Castle Leslie this afternoon.

The ceremony had a total of 70 guests, which included her brothers and sisters who flew home from America and Dubai for the special day.

The 2fm presenter wore a Kathy De Stafford wedding dress and Jimmy Choo sandals.

Jennifer also made sure that she had the perfect weather for her big day – by leaving the Child of Prague outside the night before her nuptials.

Jennifer is set to head soon to the Seychelles with Lau for their honeymoon.

Congratulations to the happy couple!