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'I was with Katy at tragic party' - KIERON DUCIE YESTERDAY; EXCLUSIVE MODEL FIGHTS FOR HER LIFE.

Byline: By PAUL MARTIN and DAVID COLLINS

ONE of Katy French's best pals was with her on the ill-fated night she fell into a coma, the Irish Daily Mirror can reveal.

Dublin socialite Kieron Ducie could hold vital answers about the 24-year-old's condition throughout the tragic evening.

He partied with her on Saturday and she was taken to hospital after collapsing at a house in Ashbourne, Co Meath.

He told the Irish Daily Mirror: "I was one of the people who helped her. But I don't want to say any more about it."

We can reveal that a new black Range Rover jeep with UK reg plates - which matched the exact description of Katy's new car - was parked outside his house over the weekend.

It remained there after she was admitted to the intensive care unit of Our Lady's Hospital in Navan, Co Meath.

A friend of Katy's came to collect the vehicle when it became clear she would not be released from hospital.

Ducie - known as the Wolf to his friends - lives in a semi-detached dormer bungalow near Dunsany, Co Meath.

A neighbour told the Irish Daily Mirror yesterday: "The jeep was there for a few days and then someone picked it up.

"He is well-known in the area to be pals with many of the top models and socialites - including Katy. I've seen Katy going to his house a few times." Doctors were last night preparing to take Katy off a ventilator for the third time in the hope that she can make a miraculous recovery.

Attempts on Monday and Tuesday failed and doctors believe any chance of recovery is dependant on her breathing on her own again soon.

Yesterday Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan sent a poem he penned for his model pal to the hospital with his fiancee Victoria Mary Clarke.

She was joined by Fair City actor Alan O'Neill - but the pair were not allowed in to Katy's ward because of restrictions to stop the spread of the winter vomiting bug.

Alan said: "I just wanted to go down and see Katy and how she is getting on. We are all praying for her.

"I went along with Victoria and she brought a poem that Shane had written for her. I just hope she will get the chance to read it."

A family member said last night that Katy had been given just hours to live. The relative added: "We are praying for a miracle. We fear she is now in her final hours and it's heartbreaking.

A source at the hospital added: "So far Katy is relying totally on a life-support machine and she is in a critical condition.

"Her condition hasn't improved at all and concerns are growing all the time.

"Doctors are desperately trying to get her to breathe on her own but she's just not strong enough yet.

"Her family are keeping a constant vigil by her bedside and praying she can get through this."

Katy's model pal Sara Kavanagh was one of her few friends to speak out yesterday and said she was "deeply concerned".

Sara added she saw no evidence of drugs when they partied together last week at the 24th birthday party at Krystle nightclub in Dublin.

Sara said: "She looked great and seemed to have a great night."

Gardai are not, as yet, investigating the circumstances of Katy's horror collapse.

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CONCERN: Fair City's Alan O'Neill; POEM: Shane MacGowan; VISITS: Kieron Ducie's house in Lambertstown Manor, Dunsany, Co Meath; BEDSIDE VIGIL: Our Lady's Hospital; STILL CRITICAL Doctors will try for third time to get Katy breathing on her own; CLUB: Sara with birthday girl Katy last week
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Dec 6, 2007
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