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I won't do a Grainne and head to the UK for a TV career, says Aoibhinn

Rising TV star Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain revealed she has no desire to follow in Grainne Seoige's footsteps by carving out a career in Britain.

Ryan Tubridy's gaelgoir girlfriend has just signed up to present the second series of RTE's Irish choir competition An Cor, which will see her take on a very similar role to Grainne's on the All Ireland Talent Show.

But despite the comparisons, the 27-year-old teacher told the Herald she has no immediate plans to make a name for herself overseas like Galwegian Grainne, who has just secured a top role on ITV's new breakfast show Daybreak.

Aoibhinn said: "I really enjoy teaching so it's not something I'm thinking about. I'm delighted to be compared to Grainne; it's a huge compliment. It would be great if we attract an audience like the All Ireland Talent Show but we're on a smaller scale.

"I've just been on holidays so I haven't been keeping up with what she's doing but I wish her well."

As well as presenting An Cor, which will be broadcast over four shows during Seachtain na Gaeilge in March, the former Rose of Tralee winner will travel across the country from September for the series to immerse herself in the history of traditional Irish songs.


The series will feature six adult choirs of all styles and from all corners of Ireland competing for the An Cor trophy and €1,000 prize.

The choirs will compete in a sing-off in a bid to make it to the grand final in The Helix, where they will perform in front of a huge live audience.

Aoibhinn, a traditional Irish musician herself, will also attempt to calm contestants' nerves before and after they perform in front of the panel.

"I'm delighted to be presenting the show especially as it's for Seachtain na Gaeilge. It will be very important for the choirs to understand the history of the songs.

"I'll get to meet them and chat to them as well as finding out the background of the songs.

"I'll be there to calm nerves and to be on their side. I'm hoping the final will be a glittery affair," she added.

Meanwhile Mayo native Aoibhinn, who sprang to national prominence after winning the Rose of Tralee title in 2005 is enjoying a well-earned holiday before she returns to her full time teaching job at the end of August.