Sunday 11 December 2016

‘Irish mothers are gas, there’s no filter’ - Kathryn Thomas reveals weirdest places she’s stopped by fans

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 16/04/2016 | 12:36

Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas
Presenter Kathryn Thomas at the Operation Transformation launch. Picture: Brian McEvoy

For some fans of TV host Kathryn Thomas, nowhere is out of bounds to stop for a chat - including a department store's lingerie section.

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As her career has progressed from presenting RTE’s travel series No Frontiers to her seven-year run on Operation Transformation to her current gig on The Voice of Ireland, Thomas’s relationship with the public has changed too.

Speaking to the Irish Mirror, she discussed some of the more unusual conversations she's had with viewers.

“I’ve gone from getting stopped in the frozen food section in Tesco with people asking me where they should go on their holidays, to people confessing about being overweight in the underwear department in Penneys, or mothers saying ‘Oh my Johnny is brill, I’m trying to get him to enter The Voice,’” she said.

Presenter Kathryn Thomas at the Operation Transformation launch. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Presenter Kathryn Thomas at the Operation Transformation launch. Picture: Brian McEvoy

“I think Irish mothers are gas, there’s no filter. I could be flicking through the G-strings or looking at the bras and someone will come straight in, saying ‘We’ve lost 60 stone collectively in our community.’”

The presenter also admitted she’s becoming more open to the idea of marriage with boyfriend Padraig McLoughlin.

“I’ve never really had the desire and I always thought it was quite an odd thing to do. Right now I am more open to it than ever before but is it something to tick off the bucket list? No!”

While the 37-year-old was reluctant to call her restaurateur boyfriend “the one”, she did describe their relationship of three years as “a really good partnership”.

“I always think it’s a bit like you’re nailing your colours to the mast if you say yes he’s the one because when it’s in print it can never be unwritten.

“But I think the sign of a really good partnership is he really brings out the best in me and I bring out the best in him, I hope."

Kathryn attributed him with "the patience of a saint" given he drives her up and down to Kerry for her Pure Results bootcamp and back for The Voice which is airing live every Sunday.

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