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Monday 21 April 2014

Aoibhinn rolling up sleeves to decorate home with Tubridy

Aoibhinn with partner Ryan Tubridy

Maths whiz Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin has another big project on the books -- redecorating her new home with partner Ryan Tubridy.

The glamorous presenter said she is preparing to go DIY crazy after admitting that their lavish new pad needs a lot of work.

Aoibhinn, a PHD student and qualified school teacher, finally moved in with Late Late show host Tubridy in November.

"There is a load to do with the place," explained the 30-year-old.

But the brunette is a big fan of DIY and said she loves nothing better than a project.

"I come from a house of five boys so you kind of have something to prove if you can't rewire a plug and stuff like that.

"I'm pretty good at that. I like taking control of that kind of stuff."

The couple set up home together in a luxury ¿1.2m property in Monkstown, south Dublin, after Tubridy spent sometime looking through the property pages.

PROPERTY

The period home comes with four bedrooms, a huge country-style kitchen and a grand stone hallway leading into the 2,600sqft property.

"It's a really nice part of the world," said Aoibhin who had previously lived in Milltown, which she shared with friends.

"I had always visited Dun Laoighre before, but getting the Dart in the morning, it's very easy, it's nice."

Usually tight-lipped on their relationship, 2fm host Tubridy made an uncanny declaration of love recently, referring to his other-half as his "elegant rock" and "mo ghrá".

Despite the constant attention, the Getaways presenter said that she sees herself and the dad-of-two as an "old couple".

"We've been together nearly five years, so we are nearly an old couple," she said.

"But it's lovely, it's a new phase of things," added the Mayo native.

Aoibhinn was a regular feature on RTE last year year, thanks to the Science Squad, travel show Getaways and her time covering Miriam O'Callaghan's Sunday radio programme.

But she defended suggestions that her high profile connections had helped her to land more gigs at the Montrose broadcaster.

"I didn't get it because of who I'm friends with, and I didn't stay with the gig because of it -- they would have booted me out in the first weeks if it wasn't working," she told the February issue of Tatler magazine.

"It's useful to know people who've been there, who've done that and who can give me advice."

While admitting she would be "devastated" if she was not offered more TV work, Aoibhinn, who is undertaking a PhD in maths pedagogy, said her career could very well steer in the direction of educational research.

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