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Tubridy's talented other half is 'The Reel Deal'

NIAMH HORAN Entertainment News Reporter

Published 17/05/2009 | 00:00

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Ryan Tubridy's new girl, Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, has landed a new prime time presenting job in RTE. Just weeks after she confirmed her romantic involvement with the golden boy of Montrose, the brunette beauty is set to present a weekly traditional music show.

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The former Rose of Tralee will co-present The Reel Deal with Blathnaid Ni Dhonnchadha and Brian O'Connell. Ni Shuilleabhain previously worked on The Panel but the new six-week series, to be aired starting on June 12, will see her come to a lead presenting role for the first time.

A spokesperson for RTE said the 26-year-old had the presenting job "in the can" months before she began dating the newly crowned chat show king.

The new series will see the student teacher travel the country visiting trad music festivals. It has been described as "an upbeat contemporary programme which will feature up and coming young traditional music players from around the country."

Aoibhinn, described as "an all-rounder" by an RTE spokesperson, is a sean-nos singer and a multi-instrumentalist. Her recently acquired high profile as the new woman in the life of Ryan Tubridy is expected to boost ratings.

Meanwhile, Aoibhinn, who beat off stiff competition to claim the title of Ireland's Sexiest Female TV star, has also landed another guest presenting spot on Kathryn Thomas' travel show No Frontiers.

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The busy brunette jetted off to Ljubljana to explore Slovenia as an alternative backpacking option on €50 a day for the themed series titled Three Good Reasons To Spend Less.

Mayo native Aoibhinn sprang to national prominence after winning the Rose of Tralee title in 2005, two years after Tubridy presented the annual contest.

She broke up with her long-term boyfriend soon after claiming the title and began dating a fellow teacher, but it's believed that she was single for some months before finding love with the chat show host.

The pair came to the attention of the media when they made their first red carpet appearance last month at the Walkers TV Now Awards in Dublin's Mansion House.

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