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About Us

Writer and former fashion magazine editor Declan Leavy brings you TheDailyUpdate.ie; providing readers with up-to-date daily fashion and beauty news, including catwalk and trend reports. Not just a fashion blog, TheDailyUpdate.ie also brings the reader the latest in entertainment, social events and lifestyle, plus hard-hitting, as well as light-hearted, features.

Declan Leavy
Declan began his journo career several years ago at the newly-launched Prudence magazine. After a year with Prudence, Declan took up a position with fashion and lifestyle magazine Social & Personal. In his five years with S&P, Declan held the positions of Men’s Editor and Social Editor and worked on several of the magazine’s fashion pages. In October 2006, Declan was part of the launch team of Social & Personal Living and Social & Personal Weddings magazines. In March 2008 he took over as Editor of Social & Personal Weddings.

Since leaving Social & Personal at the end of 2010, he has contributed to The Irish Times, Irish Tatler Man and Menswear in Ireland magazines. Aside from his writing work, Declan has appeared on several TV and radio shows, including Xpose, Nationwide, Off the Rails and The Afternoon Show, as well as Newstalk, 98FM, Q102, Spin 1038 and 2FM.

Declan loves food, fashion, cosmos, the gym, skincare and pampering and admits to more than just a slight addiction to Jackie Collins novels!


Joining Declan Leavy on the editorial team are:

Frances Winston

Having worked across the board in the media for more years she has pretty much seen it all and never ceases to be amazed at the public’s appetite for news and gossip. With a background in magazines and features, Frances is a great believer in variety being the spice of life and as such writes about a number of topics including (but not limited to) celebrities, television, movies, theatre, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, health, sex and real life.

Tanya Grimson

Top stylist Tanya Grimson began her fashion career in London, before joining the launch team of Prudence magazine (along with our Editor, Declan Leavy). Since then she has become one of Ireland’s most successful stylists, styling shoots for major advertising campaigns, as well as cutting-edge editorial photoshoots for Ireland’s leading publications.

Michelle Storey

With an obsession for all things red carpet and A-list, Michelle joins the team as our resident gossip queen. Every couple of days, Michelle provides us with a rundown of the latest happening in Celebville. No one-trick pony, and with an opinion on just about everything, Michelle also dabbles in beauty product and TV reviews.

Vicky Kavanagh

Vicky Kavanagh currently works as a News Runner for RTE but has a special love for fashion. After navigating through a few dodgy teenage years involving mini-dresses, fishnets and biker boots, Vicky now favours all things classic and elegant, with a modern twist. She adores Paris (she’s been nine times and it’s still not enough) and stalks Net-A-Porter to make her feel better when she’s having a bad day. Vicky graduated from DCU in 2011 with a degree in Journalism.

Karl Cooney

With entertainment of all sorts in his blood, Karl is here to give you his take on what you should be listening to. Karl is a dancer and has lived his life to music for as long as he can remember. He has his finger on the pulse of what’s happening on the Irish and international music scenes and he’s here on a weekly basis to make sure you don’t put a musical foot wrong!

Bryan Healy

With a background in travel and consumer marketing, seasoned traveller Bryan joins the Daily Update team as our travel expert. By day, Bryan shapes the minds of the future as a primary school teacher. After hours, amongst other things, he is planning his next big trip.

Paul Hession

Paul is one of the leading figures in the Irish hairdressing industry and has represented the Irish Artistic Team of the Irish Hairdressing Federation on numerous occasions. His work has been covered by Ireland’s leading fashion magazines and he’s regularly called upon for expert tips and advice on the latest hair styles and trends.