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I didn't rehearse Aoibhinn double act, says winner Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy has insisted that he and his girlfriend of more than a year, Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, did not rehearse their stint on stage together.

The Late Late Show host claims that the Mayo teacher had no idea which award she was going to be presenting until the last minute.

He admitted it was a pleasant surprise to have her on hand to present him with the gong for Favourite Irish TV Show when the Late Late Show beat off stiff competition from Ireland AM, Winning Streak and The Afternoon Show.

"She didn't even know what award she was presenting," he said. "As she said herself, this could be awkward.

"I wasn't expecting it. I always pay tribute to Aoibhinn because she's been extremely good to me," he added.

The former Rose of Tralee will be on hand next Friday to support her other half again when he presents the final Late Late Show of the season. The evening will be a big one for the dad of two, given that it coincides with his 37th birthday. It will be a bittersweet celebration for the star, however, as his big milestone coincides with the month's mind of his pal Gerry Ryan.


Tubridy said Saturday night was an emotional one for him as he would usually have celebrated the accolade with his late friend.

"It is tinged with great sadness after Gerry," he told the Herald. "It was a terribly sad end to the year. I wish I was sitting down having a drink with Gerry and laughing about it."