Aoibhinn plans quiet Christmas break from TV career

HE may be staying home for the holidays this year, but the girlfriend of RTE broadcaster Ryan Tubridy has insisted that she'll be heading back to Mayo for the Christmas period.

Father-of-two Tubridy recently revealed that he had turned down an opportunity to fill in at the BBC, opting instead to spend his Christmas break at home. And Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain has admitted she'll be spending her time off with her parents at their family home.

"I'm going home to Mayo and I'm just going to be relaxing," the former Rose of Tralee said. "I think I'll get a good week off, so it'll be fun. That's a lot for me these days."

Asked whether she'll be joined at any stage by Tubridy, Ni Shuilleabhain said: "I'm not going to answer that."

The 29-year-old has been enjoying one of the busiest years of her career so far at RTE. After a summer slot on 'Science Squad' and another stint with 'Fleadh Cheoil', her upcoming travel show 'Getaways' will hit screens in January.

Despite being exhausted, Ni Shuilleabhain said she fully appreciates how fortunate she is: "It was an amazing experience. I loved every minute of it."

Ni Shuilleabhain spoke at the announcement of Pfizer Ireland joining the Science Circle at the Science Gallery at Trinity College yesterday.

The organisation joins a number of other leading companies in supporting the Science Gallery.

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