Thursday 23 October 2014

Kathryn Thomas and new beau Padraig's labour of love at charity fundraiser

GOOD CAUSE: Glittering array of stars join RTE hostess and her new man at sell-out bash

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 24/12/2013 | 07:40

23 Dec 013;  Kathryn Thomas and partner Padraig McLoughlin at the RESPECT Christmas Variety Lunch, Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
23 Dec 013; Kathryn Thomas and partner Padraig McLoughlin at the RESPECT Christmas Variety Lunch, Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
23 Dec 013;  Kathryn Thomas and Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh at the RESPECT Christmas Variety Lunch, Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
23 Dec 013; Kathryn Thomas and Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh at the RESPECT Christmas Variety Lunch, Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
23 Dec 013;   Angela Scanlon at the RESPECT Christmas Variety Lunch, Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
23 Dec 013; Angela Scanlon at the RESPECT Christmas Variety Lunch, Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

IT’S a labour of love for RTE star Kathryn Thomas and the new man in her life Padraig McLoughlin.

Kathryn (34) went all out for charity when she hosted the Respect lunch and the glamorous presenter even roped her boyfriend in to help with the good cause.

Restaurateur Padraig took on the role of maitre d' as he welcomed and accepted the coats of the 350 guests.

“We've got all hands on deck,” said Kathryn. “He's great and we're really happy.”

It is Kathryn's third year to host the Respect lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel alongside fellow organisers Gill Robinson and Gemma Team.

“It's a sell-out again so we wanted to do it big,” said Kathryn who has been working with intellectual disability charity Respect for ten years.

Looking ravishing in a figure-hugging LBD, she was joined by a host of familiar faces, including Voice of Ireland co-star Eoghan McDermott and RTE broadcasters, Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, Norah Casey and Maia Dunphy.

“It's all very posh. I'm delighted that I was able to make it,” said Maia who had just finished celebrating her pre-Christmas with husband Johnny Vegas.

Irish Independent

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