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Amanda jets home for a belated 40th bash with Yvonne and pals

TV presenter Amanda Byram touched down in Dublin this weekend for a celebratory glass of vino and a catch up with her oldest and closest friends.

The 40-year-old Total Wipeout host will hook up with old pals Yvonne Keating, hairdresser extraordinaire Michael Doyle and make-up artist to the stars Paula Callan for a belated birthday party.

Yvonne and Amanda have been friends for years and affectionately call each other Dolly (Byram) and Polly (Keating).

Castleknock native Amanda turned 40 on June 16 and celebrated in London with a buttercream birthday cake and several cocktails.

But she will be living it up in Dublin this weekend.

"Off to Dublin to celebrate my 40th 'Irish Style' with my great old pals," she wrote on Twitter before she boarded her flight yesterday.

Amanda and her pals are fans of Dylan McGrath's trendy eatery Fade Street Social and super cool Mexican restaurant 777 on South Great George's Street, and will sample their tapas and tasty margaritas on offer.

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After her weekend on the tiles in Dublin, Castleknock native Amanda will head over to Portugal to the Juicy Oasis Boutique Health Retreat for a seven-day detox.

The yoga retreat is a big hit with celebrities; TV presenter Alesha Dixon and model Gemma Atkinson often jet off to the quiet hotel for some much needed R'n'R.

And Amanda is excited about her upcoming holiday: "Slight chance I may have weed my pants a bit.

"Just saw where I'm off to next week!" she wrote beside a picture of the resort.

Fitness is extremely important to the former model; she's known for her toned physique and writes a regular fitness column.

She's also tipped to be in the running to host upcoming RTE show Ireland's Fittest Family.

Billed by its producers as "the most extreme fitness competition ever", the show sees 12 families compete on some of the country's toughest endurance courses to nab a cash prize of €15,000.

If she does end up fronting the show, it will be the first time in over a decade Amanda has had a regular slot on Irish screens.

It also means she'll have plenty more time to hang out with her good friend Polly.

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