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Home comforts for Grainne

Grainne Seoige has vowed to fit in as much quality time with her parents and extended family in the west as possible before her big move to Britain this autumn.

The mum of one has turned down invitations to stay at some of Galway's top hotels during race-week in favour of a stay at her family home in Spiddal.

The broadcaster (36) who has previously joined fellow RTE celebrities, including broadcaster Ryan Tubridy and her close pal Maura Derrane at the exclusive Radisson Blu hotel in the city centre, has decided to shun the glitz and glam of the social scene in favour of her home comforts this week.

"Grainne starts her new job on Daybreak in September but she will need to be in the UK long before that for rehearsals and publicity commitments, not to mention getting settled in and finding a new base.


"So she wants to spend every second she can at home with her family in Spiddal before she leaves," said a source close to the star.

"She usually stays at a hotel in the city, which was necessary back when she was reporting on the races for RTE, but this year she has opted to stay at home instead.

"Once the autumn comes she will have her hands full trying to balance her work with ITV and commuting back to Dublin every weekend to film the All Ireland Talent Show for RTE so this could be one of her last opportunities to spend a significant amount of time at home with her family until Christmas," they added.

The glamorous broadcaster will make an exception on Friday night when she dons her finery to MC the much-anticipated Race Ball at the Radisson hotel.

In previous years Grainne has been joined by her husband Stephen Cullinane at the glitzy event. This year her sister Sile is expected to accompany the Montrose star to the ball, following the announcement in June that Grainne and her husband of eight years have split.

The sisters will party alongside a host of big names including comedian Tommy Tiernan, who is an annual supporter of the charity ball.

The glamorous Galwegians are also expected to make a splash at Ladies' Day on Thursday.

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