Tubs will be home alone as Aoibhinn gets ready to leave the love nest
THEY are still settling in to their new love nest, but Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain will be leaving boyfriend Ryan Tubridy home alone over the coming weeks as she prepares to fly overseas for a string of academic conferences.
The Mayo native and her other half moved into their luxurious Monkstown pad before Christmas, and Ni Shuilleabhain has spent the past few months decorating the house.
But the former Rose of Tralee will be putting any other refurbishment plans on the back burner, as she has been invited to attend leading education events in the UK and US to talk science and mathematics.
The secondary school teacher and Trinity College lecturer is hoping it will add to her list of accomplishments and aid her in completing a PhD in mathematics in September.
"I'm off to Philadelphia next week as part of the American Education Association Conference to present some of the findings in my PhD; it's the biggest conference of its kind in the world so it's a big deal for me and I'm looking forward to it," she told the Herald.
"Then I'm off to Nottingham the following week for a conference in mathematics and I've just presented a session in Galway, so it's a busy time.
"It doesn't seem that great to other people, but I'm really excited."
Earlier this month, Ni Shuilleabhain landed a spot on the latest leading ladies list released by Silicon Republic. She was named in the top 50 women in science, engineering and mathematics, and said she's "over the moon" with the recognition.
Style queen and designer Sonya Lennon has also been listed for her efforts with new fashion app Frock Advisor.
In between all her academic endeavours, Ni Shuilleabhain is still keeping up with her commitments in the television department at RTE.
She has completed filming for her travel programme Getaways, taking in a whirlwind trip to Uganda, and just started shooting another season of Science Squad.
And while she said she's content with her lot, she revealed she would like to make a return to the airwaves.
The presenter enjoyed a 10-week stint on Radio 1 with her hour-long programme Aoibhinn And Company.
She took over the Sunday slot from Miriam O'Callaghan for the summer last year.
"I'm talking to people in RTE about a few different ideas, but there's nothing in the pipeline yet," she said.
"I'd so much fun doing my own show last year and the teams in Radio 1 are fantastic, so of course I'd jump at another opportunity."