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Rachel – London is fun, but sometimes you need a break

She has swapped one big city for another, but Sky Sports News star Rachel Wyse says she is a country girl at heart.

The 28-year-old Dubliner, who has been working at the London-based station for three years, is kept so busy at work that she rarely gets time to socialise.

But when she does have precious days off, the pretty blonde loves nothing more than ditching the busy UK night life for a country jaunt with pals.

"I don't really get to go out very much, which is absolutely fine because work is fun," Rachel told the Diary.



"But when I do, I usually go on a holiday or to see my friends who live around the UK."

The Blackrock native has a close family connection with all things equestrian and was one of the judges on Ladies Day at the Dublin Horse Show earlier this month.

So instead of boozing and hitting London nightspots with good pal and UK-based Eoghan McDermott, Rachel says getting on a horse is much more exciting.

"A couple of my friends have horses, which is my background, so I'm able to just get in the car and get out of London," she explained. "Sometimes you need a breather."

However, she added: "London is a wonderful city and there's plenty to do. If you're looking for fun, it's the place to be."

As well as enjoying a quiet social life, Rachel has been too busy with work to concentrate on her love life.

The slim presenter, who once dated Irish show jumping champion Cian O'Connor, says that, while she would love to meet Mr Right, all is quiet on that front.

"It's very boring, but I am single," sighed Rachel. "If I met the right person, then great, but that hasn't happened yet."

Sports-mad Rachel says that London is slowly becoming her home, but her work schedule makes it difficult to spend time with her friends and family.

"I get back to Ireland two or three times a year, primarily for work, so I don't get to see friends and family much.

"My schedule is pretty hectic – working on Christmas Day, weekends – but you get used to it," she added.

Rachel was back on home soil earlier this month as she enjoyed a four-day break.

But the dedicated presenter found little time to fit in relaxation as she was busy with other work commitments, including judging best dressed at the Dublin Horse Show and appearing on TV3's Ireland AM.