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Jetsetter Amanda just longs to settle down with her Aussie beau

Irish beauty Amanda Byram has revealed how she would "love to put down roots" in 2010.

The TV presenter jetted home last week after spending a fortnight Down Under with her other half, former rugby star Craig McMullen.

And she revealed that after meeting his mum and the rest of his family for the first time, she has no idea what the next year holds in store for her and her Aussie beau -- but she hopes that settling down is on the cards.

"The pair of us are just sick of travelling and working and going all over the place for other people. It's all we have done for the past year and a half. We just want to settle and put down some proper roots for a change -- we just want to stop moving around and make plans," she explained.

However, the former girlfriend of top comedian Patrick Kielty said she has "no idea" if this will be the year that Craig pops the question.

"If it happens, it happens but all I can say is we're very happy together," she said. "Do I want children? Yes, of course, at some point in my life I want kids, but anytime I'm asked, someone seems to take it I'm desperate to have kids when I'm not. We're very happy where we are at the moment.

"We're going to set up a nest in our place in London that needs a lot of work -- it's a fixer-upper but hopefully we'll make that home. What happens after that, who knows?"

She has just spent the past few months in the South American city of Buenos Aires filming the third instalment of Total Wipeout

The BBC show has proved a surprise hit among viewers, with the broadcaster screening a celebrity instalment just before Christmas.

"I'm so delighted with the success of the show. I love doing it but the only thing is, you have to spend six weeks living in Buenos Aires away from your family and friends which is hard," said Amanda.

"I'm trying to learn Spanish but I'm probably better at French because I spent so much time with Craig and he lived in the south of France for a while."

And she still hasn't given up on trying to entice Ireland rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll to take part in the next all-star episode.

"He has just won the player of the decade, you can't get any better than that and he told me that he's a huge fan of the show, so I'd love to have him on."

The Castleknock beauty, who presented The Swan and Paradise Hotel on American TV, braved the Arctic conditions in Dublin to attend the launch of this year's Meteor Ireland Music Awards.

Battling

Picked for the second time to host the glitzy event in the RDS on February 19, she said she was delighted to be taking centre stage again.

This year sees 18 awards up for grabs on the night, with performances from stars including Westlife, Snow Patrol, The Script, Florence and the Machine, The Coronas and Pixie Lott.

Among those battling it out for Best Radio DJ are Ian Dempsey of Today FM, alongside 2FM's Damian Farrelly and Larry Gogan. In the Best Irish Band category, U2 is up against the likes of Bell X1 and The Coronas.

The Best Irish Male award sees nominees Colin Devlin competing with Christy Moore and Jack L. However, rockabilly star Imelda May has been omitted from the category of Best Irish Female, with the nominations going instead to Laura Izibor, Dolores O'Riordain and Julie Feeney.

mfinn@herald.ie


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