SPICE Girl Geri Halliwell jetted into Ireland for a top-secret Bank Holiday weekend break with her aristocratic other half. And the flame-haired mum certainly got into the party spirit during her threeday stay, even gate-crashing a wedding that was going on in her hotel.
The Diary can reveal how she flew into Ireland West Airport Knock on Friday afternoon. The singer was accompanied on her trip by boyfriend Henry, a cousin of socialite Tamara Beckwith, alongside her nanny and her two-year-old daughter Bluebell Madonna.
The gang went straight to the exclusive Kilronan Castle in Roscommon after checking into one of the best suites in the venue.
She came over to catch up with her good pal Philomena Mullin-Noyes, who is the Irish manager of the hotel's spa.
And Geri made the most of the venue's facilities, booking in for a cosy roomservice meal on Friday night and enjoying a massage on the Saturday.
Also staying down there was TV3's Sybil Mulcahy, who tried to persuade the pintsized star to film a slot for Xpose.
Sybil said: "We tried to get her to do an on-camera thing, but she said no and explained that it was just a private visit and she wanted to enjoy herself.
"She told me she had been to Dublin before for book signings and for work things but she had never been to the West. It was always her dream to stay in an Irish castle so she wanted to make the most of it.
"It was all very low key. "Every time she walked through the lobby, she kept her head down and went by very fast.
"Her boyfriend was relaxed and chatty, but she was quite guarded – but after years of being in the public eye, that's only natural."
But Geri, who is notorious for having a turbulent love life, had obviously let her guard down by the following day.
She spent Saturday enjoying some of the local attractions including horse-riding and a round of golf before going to Carrickon-Shannon for lunch.
Geri and her other half then enjoyed a meal in the castle before a wedding celebration caught her attention.
Sybil said: "She said she wanted to check out the music as she had never been to an Irish wedding before, so the bride came up and said 'if you want to come down it's no problem'.
"But she was swamped by the guests and didn't stay that long.
"Once they realised who she was, she was mobbed by people who had a few drinks looking for a pic.
"I think she had a great time, though, as she probably had more freedom somewhere like
Roscommon than she would back home." Geri has been dating Henry since last April and their romance started just four weeks after she broke off her engagement to tycoon Fabrizio Politi.
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