Saturday 7 December 2019

Kathryn: Elderly farmers swamped me with marriage proposals

Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

KATHRYN Thomas has admitted she received dozens of love letters and marriage proposals from elderly farmers when presenting 'Winning Streak'.

But the Carlow native said since she stopped presenting the show, the number of affectionate notes have dwindled.

"I got a few interesting letters from elderly gentlemen looking for a wife," said the 'Voice of Ireland' host. "I was told how much land they owned and what size the cow shed was.

"I considered one or two of them before I realised they were from 85-year-old men."

Thomas said she was "fortunate" not to have received negative hate mail.

"I haven't had any negative experiences thank God," she said. "I imagine it is scary and uncomfortable."

The broadcaster renewed her two-year contract with RTE this month and will return as host on 'Operation Transformation' and 'The Voice of Ireland' later this year.

"It feels great to know the shows are coming back," she said.


"They are two juggernaut shows and to be involved with them and work with that team is incredible."

Thomas recently joined celebrity agent Noel Kelly's books and admitted her sights are set on hosting 'The Late Late Show'.

"I think it's the pinnacle for every presenter," she said. "But there is a lot to do before you get there. I'd like to do a Kathryn Thomas chat show before I think about 'The Late Late Show' in earnest."

The popular presenter said she also has her eyes on one obvious replacement on The Voice's judging panel following Dolores O'Riordan's exit - Sinead O'Connor.

"I think if we love Dolores who has added a bit of spice and colour, and who was slightly controversial, the one person who springs to mind for me is Sinead O'Connor."

Thomas, who took over from the late broadcaster Gerry Ryan as host on 'Operation Transformation' was also pleased to hear that RTE are erecting a commemorative plaque in his honour.

"I am glad they are doing that," she said. "It should have been done a long time ago to be honest."

Thomas was at the launch of Tesco's new corporate responsibility initiative – Tesco Community Fund which will see the retailer donate €1m to local charities over the coming year.

"It's a great cause and I am delighted to be involved," she said.

Irish Independent

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