|Born||1957 (age 56–57)
|Education||University College Dublin (UCD)|
|Spouse(s)||ex wife Clodagh|
Gerald Kean (born in Cork in 1957) is an Irish celebrity solicitor from County Cork. He is regularly the subject of social columns, particularly in the Sunday newspapers which have reported his lavish spending sprees and sun holidays involving his wife and other people, with The Irish Times once describing him as having a "celestial odour". He has appeared in numerous television shows including Prime Time, Tubridy Tonight, The Afternoon Show, The Podge and Rodge Show, The Restaurant and The Panel and on radio shows such as The Marian Finucane Show.
Kean competed in the first season of Celebrity Bainisteoir, finishing second to Marty Whelan. He later wrote a book about his experience. The book features several photos of Kean, with the English association footballer Alan Shearer being employed to write the foreword.
Kean grew up in Cork following his birth there in 1957. His father was a member of Ireland's police force (Garda Síochána), his now-dead uncle Liam Hamilton was a former chief justice and two other uncles were also members of the legal profession. At twelve years of age Kean moved to County Wicklow. His parents began a bed and breakfast to pay his college fees to attend University College Dublin (UCD). At UCD Kean encountered his wife, Clodagh. He began his first job with the late solicitor Michael Martin on Dublin's Capel Street, earning a starting salary of IR£7,000 per annum, but had left to set up his own practice by the late 1980s. Through his cousin, the late English musician Wally Nightingale, and through acquaintances made in the course of speaking at lunches in England and the United States, he met a number of musicians and informed them of Ireland's tax exemptions for artists. Kean credits this with boosting his fledgling career.
Kean set up his solicitor's practice, Kean and Co., over fifteen years ago. He has represented a number of people in the entertainment industry, legally acting of behalf of musicians Jim Kerr, Simon Le Bon, Ronan Keating, George Michael, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. His company specialises in sporting law and represents over forty Premier League footballers. Kean appeared on the twenty-fourth episode of the third season of The Podge and Rodge Show, alongside the ballerina Monica Loughman on 11 February 2007. He appeared on the first episode of the previous to now series of The Restaurant, earning four stars. He & his partner, Lisa Murphy, also appearead on Podge n Rodge together.
In Celebrity Bainisteoir, Kean managed Mayfield GAA. In the first quarter-final in episode two he defeated model Glenda Gilson's Crumlin GAA in front of a home crowd of 4,000, having notably used his legal connections to convince Shay Given and Gordon Strachan to assist in his preparations. In the first semi-final in episode six, he defeated Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin's Kiltimagh GAA, after All Star Cork player Niall Cahalane took a training session with the team and another training session took place at Páirc Uí Rinn with Cork players James Masters and Donncha O'Connor and a special yoga class was given to the team. In the final in the eighth and final episode, Kean was defeated by Marty Whelan's Maryland GAA. The two were later reunited when Kean appeared on The Panel on 20 November 2008 as a guest on the episode Whelan hosted.
Kean has recently spoken of his concerns over his health. Since 2009 he has lost a considerable amount of weight and has taken up a strict exercise regime. He was recently quoted in the Evening Herald as saying, "when I reached fifty, I realised that I had to do something about my steady weight gain. I had been putting on a couple of pounds a year and I was in danger of becoming seriously overweight. I have altered by dieting radically, taken up exercise and I have lost three stone quite easily".
- "Profile: Gerald Kean, solicitor to Ireland's stars". London: The Sunday Times. 6 July 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2009.
- Pat Leahy (24 February 2002). "Jet set Gerry". The Sunday Business Post. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
- Keith Duggan (21 March 2009). "Managing to glorify the 'I' in Bainisteoir". The Irish Times. Retrieved 4 May 2009. "It may have come to your attention that one of last year's Bainisteoiri, Mr Gerald Kean, has penned a book chronicling the journey of self-discovery on which he embarked through managing a club side in Cork. Mr Kean is a solicitor with whom – the decision-makers in RTÉ evidently believe – the nation at large has an abiding fascination. The cover of the book shows him in CB mode, contentedly puffing on a huge cheroot. It is clear, then, he tapped into the more subtle elements of GAA management. [...] Mr Kean's status as a Celebrity meant he was able to call upon Alan Shearer to write the foreword for his book and, during the programme, Gordon Strachan to administer words of wisdom to the troops. [...] The book is handsomely produced and includes many photographs of Mr Kean inspiring his team, delicately balancing the feat of appearing authentically managerial while clearly separated from his charges by that celestial aura which distinguishes Irish Celebrities from the rest of the natives."
- "Gerald Kean". RTÉ. Accessed 16 November 2008.
- "Who we are: Dr. Gerald Kean" Keans Solicitors. Accessed 26 November 2013
- "Episode 2". RTÉ. Accessed 15 December 2008.
- "Episode 6". RTÉ. Accessed 15 December 2008.
- "Episode 8". RTÉ. Accessed 15 December 2008.
- "Thursday, 20 November 2008". RTÉ. Accessed 18 November 2008.
- Barry Egan (16 August 2009). "RTE miss a beat without Lorraine". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 19 August 2009.