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This TV star, stylist and in­ter­ven­tion­ist moved to Hol­ly­wood on a whim. Jac­qui grew up in Don­aghmede and then lived in Sk­er­ries for 12 years be­fore mak­ing the move to Los An­ge­les. “It’s hard to ex­plain, but it was a strong in­ner know­ing,” she says of the de­ci­sion. “Call it in­tu­ition, but it wasn’t un­til Fe­bru­ary 2010 that I got up the courage to make the move. I just booked flights and checked my­self into a ho­tel for a week. I had never been to LA be­fore.” She’s worked with Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters. Jac­qui was a suc­cess­ful fash­ion buyer and stylist while liv­ing in Dublin. Fol­low­ing her LA move, she worked with celebrity clien­tele such as Jamie Foxx, rap­per Snoop Dogg, Rus­sell Brand and for­mer su­per­model Jan­ice Dick­in­son. How­ever, th­ese days Jac­qui is more con­cerned with peo­ple’s in­sides. “My work used to con­sist of fash­ion in­ter­ven­tions, but now I work as an in­ter­ven­tion­ist. I get to help peo­ple who are af­fected by drug and al­co­hol ad­dic­tion,” Jac­qui ex­plains. “I work with a num­ber of dif­fer­ent treat­ment cen­tres in Cal­i­for­nia. I found my true pas­sion and call­ing by do­ing this work; it is so ful­fill­ing for me.” She’s a proud Ir­ish cailin. “I trav­elled a lot be­fore mov­ing to Amer­ica and the Ir­ish are loved every­where,” says Jac­qui. “It makes me very proud to be Ir­ish and proud of our coun­try. Ire­land re­ally is beau­ti­ful.”

TV pre­sent­ing is yet an­other string to

her bow. Jac­qui was bit­ten by the TV bug fol­low­ing a co-pre­sent­ing gig on for­mer su­per­model Jan­ice Dick­in­son’s show. “I’d love to con­tinue TV pre­sent­ing. My vi­sion, even­tu­ally, would be to rep­re­sent Ir­ish TV, based here in Hol­ly­wood,” says Jac­qui. “I could be Ire­land’s Hol­ly­wood cor­re­spon­dent!”

She’s a typ­i­cal Ir­ish Mammy. “I am a very proud mother of a teenager,” Jac­qui smiles. “My son, who will be 18 this year, lives in LA with me and he loves it here too. He is very ma­ture and in­de­pen­dent, but I am still a very over­pro­tec­tive mother. I love be­ing a mother and I am that be­fore any­thing. Kids are the great­est gift to us.”

Her dad han­dles doves. Jac­qui is of­ten home­sick, but like her fa­ther’s hom­ing birds, she finds her way home ev­ery now and then. “I miss my fam­ily a lot be­ing out here. I am the el­dest of five chil­dren,” Jac­qui tells me. “My dad han­dles white doves. He has a free ser­vice where he re­leases the doves for var­i­ous events. He spent a year breed­ing and train­ing them to fly back to where they now live in Wex­ford, and some­how they find their way back to him.”

Jac­qui went to LA on a whim as a fash­ion buyer and stylist, says Joanna Kier­nan, now she has found her pas­sion work­ing with ad­dicts

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