Monday 22 July 2019

Tubridy: 'I can't imagine Christmas without a visit to my mum's'

Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain and Ryan Tubridy
Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain and Ryan Tubridy

Laura Butler

HE has just moved into a new house with his girlfriend, but Ryan Tubridy will spend Christmas at his family home.

This Christmas is the first for the RTE broadcaster following the death of his father Dr Patrick Tubridy, who passed away last January in St Vincent's Private Hospital after a short illness.

The 40-year-old 'Late Late Show' host bought and moved into a new house in Monkstown, Co Dublin, last month, with his partner Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain.

However, he and his siblings will spend tomorrow at their family home in Blackrock, with mother Catherine.

"Can you imagine not going to your mum's on Christmas Day? I'd be ostracised," Tubridy told the Irish Independent.

"She's a fantastic Irish mammy, she's everything done by Easter Monday almost, she's pretty organised. She's been brilliant too, helping me out to buy presents and toys."


It's been a busy few months for the broadcaster between his television, radio and charity commitments.

Tubridy said he's looking forward to taking a "well-deserved" break with his two daughters, Julia and Ella.

And while he will get to enjoy several days away from the RTE studio, Tubridy said he will return in the new year ready to take on the challenge of bringing up the ratings. His 2FM radio programme has 152,000 listeners.

"I love my job and love my radio show, so as to the listenership numbers, there's nothing I can do only keep working hard and hopefully that will get better."

Irish Independent

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