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I'll help Aoibhinn for RTE radio slot – Tubs

RYAN Tubridy will be coaching girlfriend Aoibhinn Ni Shuileabhain before she takes to the RTE Radio airwaves next month.

Aoibhinn (30) will be taking over the Miriam Meets hour-long slot on Sundays, and Ryan (40) says he is delighted the Mayo native landed the gig.

"I'll be listening to the radio on Sunday morning – I always do. And if advice is needed, I will be the first person to give it," he told the Herald.

Ryan and Aoibhinn's relationship blossomed in March 2009 after the former Rose of Tralee appeared on his Saturday night chat show Tubridy Tonight.

They have had an on-off relationship, but are now very much together. And Ryan thinks Aoibhinn will take to her new presenting slot like a duck to water.



"I think she's going to be excellent at it," he said. "She's 30 years of age – she's a scientist, she's a new face and she's very accomplished musically.

"Everything she pretty much turns her hand to she's great at. She likes challenges – much more so than I do myself, and this is a great opportunity for her," he added.

"RTE need to be thinking about nurturing new talent for the future. So I think it's a great step forward and a brave step," he said.

While Aoibhinn is gearing up for her latest gig, Ryan is enjoying lazy summer days.



"The Late Late ended in May, so I have an enormous amount of freedom. I have weekends, and Wednesdays and Thursdays back. I have space, which is lovely."

Ryan will be heading over to London next month to present a two-week slot on BBC Radio 2. "I'll be filling in for Simon Mayo," he explained. "I asked if I could do that instead of the breakfast show.

"I had those crazy 5am starts and I just thought, 'I'm on my summer holidays. I'll kick back a little'. The Drivetime show runs from 5pm to 7pm and is a lot better. It's a bit like a busman's holiday to be honest."

Ryan was talking at the launch of Cannonball 5; the largest organised road trip in Europe. The event is sponsored by Manhattan Popcorn and raises funds for the Laura Lynn foundation.