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Celebrity Diary: Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain

THERE'S a lot of excitement about my nomination in the category of Most Stylish Female at next week's Peter Mark VIP Style Awards -- but unfortunately I'm not sure yet if I'll be able to make the event.

I have a lot going on next week, given that it will be the middle of Seachtain na Gaeilge, so it will probably mean I have to miss out on the Shelbourne Hotel next Friday night.

I will have to see what my schedule is like before I can make up my mind as to whether I'll attend or not.

Ryan is nominated for Best Dressed Male as well, but obviously he will be working that night presenting the Late Late Show.

We don't really buy into the style stuff too much. I'm generally quite a casual dresser, so it was a pleasant surprise to be nominated.

Seachtain na Gaeilge officially begins today, so as its co-ambassador, alongside Danny O'Reilly, from The Coronas, I'm going to have a busy time encouraging everyone to get out there and use their "cupla focail" as much as possible.


I've been involved in the initiative in the past but this is the first time I've been asked to be the face of the campaign so naturally it's a huge honour for me.

Last year Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh and Ian Dempsey were flying the flag as the two main Gaelgoirs at the centre of the campaign, and I went along to the launch night and hosted the event.

Danny's been great to work with.

I'm a big fan of The Coronas so I was delighted when I heard we'd be fronting it together.

He comes from a family with strong Irish links so it's great to have someone like him involved and showing people that Gaeilge can be fun. As for Ryan, he has the same amount of Irish as anyone else. I do think it's a definite advantage for students to be bilingual though because I think if you learn another language when you are small, it makes you much more open to other European languages when you're older.

Irish is not just popular in the west and pockets of Gaeltacht areas anymore. It's nationwide.

I think that's brilliant.

For me it wasn't a choice to speak Irish as a child, I just grew up with it. We all have Irish in the house.

I was looking through a baby book recently and dad had written down my first 20 words and they were all as Gaeilge, so that's cute.

We're hoping that this year Seachtain na Gaeilge will be even bigger and better than ever as there's lots of great events organised throughout the city.

For me personally it will be pretty hectic for the next few days -- I've already done an interview with the Afternoon Show, along with Danny, and I'm doing RTE's The Cafe tonight, I'll be going on Lyric FM every day to give two seanfhocail and I'll also be involved in the St Patrick's Day festival this year.

Seachtain na Gaeilge runs until March 17, so I have a few more commitments between now and then in my role as co-ambassador.

Obviously my main priority has to be my job as a schoolteacher, that's my full-time job and that's what I've been focusing my attention on.

My main focus will always be science, but I enjoy doing the television stuff in between.

In terms of projects, I haven't done anything since the Reel Deal last summer, which went down very well, but you never know what's around the corner.


I try not to bring my work home with me too much but I find it difficult not to as I can be a bit of a workaholic sometimes.

I always have a lot going on between school and otherwise -- whether it's bringing home tests to correct or working on other projects.

I always make sure to go to circuit training on a Monday night. That's my main form of exercise, to be honest. I'm quite active and always on the go but I don't worry too much about my weight.

There's no point in stressing yourself out over it.

The rest of my week consisted of going to school every day to teach, I didn't do anything too exciting apart from Wednesday.

That day I had to take a couple of hours off in the morning to go and take part in a photocall for Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Myself and Danny took a few pictures together and then we also did some with my old friend Blathnaid Ni Dhonnachadha, singer Luan Parle and musician Darach Mac Mathuna.

We presented the Reel Deal together last year but we've known each other since our Rose of Tralee days.

She's a great girl, I've a lot of time for her.

That night we all gathered at the Button Factory in Temple Bar for the official launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge and a great evening was had by all.

Some of the guests who went along were RTE presenter Darren Kennedy, TG4 presenter Eoghan McDermott and Ros na Run star Gavin O'Fearraigh.