'I've been getting miraculous medals in the post since I got engaged,' reveals Kathryn Thomas
Published 18/11/2016 | 07:26
TV star Kathryn Thomas has said people have been sending her miraculous medals in the wake of her engagement news.
The Operation Transformation presenter told how members of the public were so happy that her other half Padraig McLoughlin had gone down on bended knee, they’ve been mailing her all sorts in the post.
“I’ve had four cards and miraculous medals from people saying they’re happy for me,” she said.
She revealed how settling down and tying the knot was never a priority for her and she was happy as she was.
“I never saw marriage as an important thing for me. Over the last 10 years, it’s never been on the agenda and that was fine for me. Then when you’re with someone and they want to go down that route, very quickly you want to as well, without realising it yourself.”
The idea of marriage was first broached about six months ago but she expected a Christmas proposal. Instead he surprised her earlier this month during a stay in Ballyfin Castle in Co Laois.
“Six or seven months ago he asked if I would be interested and that’s when we first started talking about it. Then I knew he wanted that so I started to think about it in a way I haven’t before,” she said.
She also said she doubts they will be doing any lavish magazine spreads for their big day – which she has pencilled in for 2018 - as Padraig’s not interested in being in the limelight.
“I don’t think so. He would be quite private,” she said.
“No, he gets why I have to do what I have to do. Is he jumping in there to be beside me? No and I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon. “
She was showing off her sizeable sparkler at Santry’s Sportslink club yesterday for an Operation Transformation event unveiling the 18 finalists fighting it out to be one of the five team leaders.
Those on the shortlist had to take part in an assessment day which involved an aerobic test in the swimming pool and a group session with show psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy.
Also back for the tenth show are Dr Ciara Kelly, fitness expert Karl Henry and dietician Aoife Hearne.
One of those shortlisted is publican Gerard Cahill from Mallow, Co Cork, who weighs nearly 27st.
A type 2 Diabetic, he said he’s been struggling with his weight for the past 20 years and said his weight stops him doing all the normal family things that other people take for granted.
The five team leaders for next year’s series will be announced during RTE Radio 1’s Ray D’Arcy show in a live broadcast every day next week.