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All Pat wants for Christmas is not to get sick again

Laura Butler

Published 24/12/2012|05:00

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BROADCASTER Pat Kenny says he'll be spending his Christmas trying not to get sick.

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A number of the country's well-known faces are preparing to spend the festive season filling up on turkey and trimmings.

Kenny and Ryan Tubridy are no exception and after a busy year for both in front of the camera, the RTE stars are opting for a laid-back Christmas away from the limelight.

For 'The Frontline' anchor, the occasion will be spent trying not to fall ill.

Kenny told the Irish Independent that it has almost become a tradition for him to get sick over Christmas week.

"I'm limping towards Christmas after all the budgets and politics. Every time I take time off for Christmas though, I get sick. It always happens, just one of those things," he said.

And although he doesn't wear an apron to help with the dinner, he's in charge of "the peripherals".

"I keep everyone watered, that's my job on the day. Then I usually walk the dogs afterwards as we go down to the pier in Dun Laoghaire to watch all the mad ones go swimming."

For 'Late Late Show' presenter Tubridy, a lot of tomorrow will be spent filling up on his mother's home cooking at the family home in Booterstown, Co Dublin.

He told the Irish Independent that, for the Tubridy household, the holiday is all about old-fashioned fun and conversation.

"I'll be spending a lot of time at home with the fire lighting literally from morning 'til night," Tubridy said.

"We all gather in my mum's house and it's gorgeous. There'll be card games, a few beers, maybe some songs. We don't watch any TV though, it's not allowed on the day.

"It's all about talking, selection boxes and board games with the kids. It's good fun and I love it."

The RTE host's on/off girlfriend Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain is expected to spend the day in her native Co Mayo.

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