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Claire makes most of dream American trip

THE Christmas break is well and truly over for most of us, but RTE star Claire Byrne is determined to make the most of her extended holiday now that she works for the national broadcaster.

The Diary can reveal how the glamorous blonde, who co-hosted Newstalk's breakfast radio show up until last summer, was due to jet home from the States this morning, after spending the week touring the south west of the country with a number of friends.

Claire flew to the state of Tennessee in time to ring in 2011 in Nashville, before moving on to Memphis, where she fitted in a visit to Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion.

"The Daily Show isn't back on air until next Monday so Claire has been making the most of her time off by flying out to the States," said an RTE insider.

"She's just there for a holiday, nothing work related, although she might talk about the experience on the show.

"Claire also made a return to the radio airwaves over the holidays when she put together a pre-recorded review show for RTE radio," they added.

The Laois native's co-star Daithi O Se, meanwhile, stayed a bit closer to home over the holidays as he was tied up with the All Ireland Talent Show on New Year's Eve.

The popular Kerryman did, however, manage to fit in a meeting with the family of his American girlfriend, Rita Talty, when the couple spent Christmas Day with her parents and other relatives in Co Clare.

The smitten pair also spent time in Daithi's home county of Kerry, where the former Rose of Tralee had the chance to meet the extended O Se clan.