Sunday 24 September 2017

Tubridy moves in with his 'elegant rock' Aoibhinn

Broadcaster Ryan Tubridy with Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain
Broadcaster Ryan Tubridy with Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

AFTER years of playing coy about his glamorous other half, broadcaster Ryan Tubridy has moved in with girlfriend and radio presenter Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain.

The 2FM presenter and his girlfriend, who he has credited for her unyielding support during difficult times, spent the last few days unpacking boxes and unloading furniture into their new South Dublin period house.

The property reportedly cost father-of-two Tubridy €1.25m and a source told the Irish Independent he and Mayo-born Ni Shuilleabhain officially moved in over the weekend.

The 2,600ft house in Monkstown, previously owned by Amanda Pratt, owner of Avoca Handweavers, boasts four bedrooms, and enjoys sea views. It was last on the market five-years ago, when it sold for €1.9m.

The property was auctioned in September but failed to sell, with Tubridy later buying it privately.

Tubridy has insisted in the past that he prefers to keep his loved ones out of the public spotlight. He and Ni Shuilleabhain are notoriously private about their relationship, often declining to comment on whether they are in fact dating.

But last week at the launch of 'The Irish Are Coming', Tubridy's second book, the 40-year-old gave a heartfelt mention of his partner in his speech, who he declared "keeps me afloat".

Tubridy has described Ni Shuilleabhain, a former Rose of Tralee contestant, as his "rock" following the death of RTE colleague and close friend Gerry Ryan.

The 29-year-old teacher is also listed in the dedications of the TV host's book, alongside his parents. "Aoibhinn, the lady whose elegance is unsurpassed and whose support is inestimable. Mo Ghra. Thank you," he wrote.

Meanwhile, Ni Shuilleabhain told this newspaper that she and Tubridy were "very happy", but they had no plans to get married anytime soon.

Irish Independent

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