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Dominic West and his wife Catherine share socially distanced family Christmas photo

Happy Christmas from Glin Castle: Dominic West and his wife Catherine share socially-distanced family photo from Ireland two months after he was caught kissing Lily James in Rome

Dominic West and his wife Catherine FitzGerald are currently holed up at her family home, Glin Castle, in Ireland.

And the pair shared a socially-distanced family snap from the grounds of the castle on Instagram on Wednesday, as they posed with their four children. 

Catherine, 49, who tends to the castle gardens, simply wrote: ‘Happy Christmas from Glin Castle.’ 

Merry xmas: Dominic West and wife Catherine FitzGerald shared a socially-distanced family Christmas snap from her ancestral home Glin Castle in Ireland on Instagram on Wednesday

She and Dominic, 51, have out on a united front, two months after he was caught kissing fellow actor, Lily James in Rome. 

However, they did not stand next to one another in the snap and were separated by their offspring. 

The couple are parents to Dora, 13, Senan, 10, nine-year-old Francis and Christabel, five.

Dominic is also dad to daughter Martha, from his relationship with Polly Astor.   

The snap comes after Dominic got himself into a spot of bother when another photograph showed him flouting Covid restrictions.

The actor enjoyed a meal near his Wiltshire home at the weekend, apparently after a shooting party. 

Dominic West could be in more trouble as a photograph shows him flouting Covid restrictions (pictured)

Dominic West could be in more trouble as a photograph shows him flouting Covid restrictions (pictured) 

Shoots ARE allowed in Tier 2 … but what about outdoor lunches? 

In Tiers 1-3, shoots are exempt from the rule of six limit on gatherings.

The organiser or participant of a shoot must instead ensure that all reasonable measures have been taken to limit the spread of coronavirus.    

But shooting parties exceeding six people are not allowed to then gather for even an outdoor lunch…

Theatre producer Nick Allott posted a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #tier2picnic.

A smiling West, in flat cap and Barbour-style jacket, and Allott are among seven around the table, with a place-setting for an eighth diner and cutlery for three courses. 

The rule of six applies to outdoor meetings in Tier Two areas such as Wiltshire.  

Friends of the group last night cited British Association for Shooting and Conservation guidance that states ‘group shooting activities are not subject to gathering limits’ including the rule of six. 

However, the guidance says shoots must conform to the relevant tier limits and ‘the exemption of outdoor physical activity does not apply to associated social activity’. 

Hot water: The actor was seen apparently kissing Lily James, 31  on a trip to Rome in which they shared a scooter (pictured)

Hot water: The actor was seen apparently kissing Lily James, 31  on a trip to Rome in which they shared a scooter (pictured)

The couple’s ten-year marriage has been hanging in the balance since October, when the actor was seen apparently kissing Miss James, 31 – his co-star in an upcoming BBC adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s novel The Pursuit Of Love – on a trip to Rome in which they shared a scooter.

Irish aristocrat Miss FitzGerald initially put on a show of unity with her Eton-educated husband. 

They kissed for the cameras outside their Chippenham home and wrote a note that read: ‘Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together.’ 

However, it was later reported the marriage is ‘as good as over’.

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