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Kathryn's Enda knocked off Garda bike ... but still makes it to red carpet

The boyfriend of Kathryn Thomas had to be hospitalised after being involved in a road traffic accident.

The Herald can reveal how Enda Waters, a member of the Garda Traffic Corps, was knocked off his motorcycle after a collision with another vehicle.

But despite having his arm in a sling, the brave gardai put the incident behind him to escort glamorous Kathryn down the red carpet of the Travel Journalist Of The Year awards.

He accompanied his RTE girlfriend to the black-tie bash at the RDS last night, which was attended by hundreds of industry names.

And despite his injury to his elbow, he looked proud as punch when she scooped an award for her work on No Frontiers. A source close to the couple said that the collision initially left Enda "badly shaken".

The garda had to receive treatment for several injuries, which included extensive treatment to his elbow.

"He got a bit of a shock but he's alright. He was brought to hospital and had his elbow wired but he's a tough lad. There was no way he would have missed the awards," said a pal.

"Kathryn and him are extremely close so she got a bit of a fright too, which is only natural. She knows he was very lucky though -- it could have been far worse."

One of Ireland's best-known couples, Kathryn and Enda have been dating for more than three years after meeting on a charity motorcycle event.

The telly babe, one of Ireland's sexiest stars, is said to be smitten with her arresting beau. Ironically, she only spoke out recently about her fears for her other half, given the dangerous nature of what he does.

"I do worry about him on the job because you never know what might happen," she said.