Tuesday 12 December 2017

Kathryn Thomas: 'I only agreed to get married if our lives stay exciting, so the pressure is on'

Ladies day judge Kathryn Thomas pictured with her partner Padraig McLoughlin pictured at Killarney Ladies Day races
Ladies day judge Kathryn Thomas pictured with her partner Padraig McLoughlin pictured at Killarney Ladies Day races
Operation Transformation presenter Kathryn Thomas. Photo: Andres Poveda
Kathryn Thomas with Padraig McLoughlin outside Padraig's new seafood restaurant, Catch 22
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin at The Voice of Ireland wrap-party at No. 37 Dawson Street
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Kathryn Thomas and partner Padraig McLoughlin
Kathryn Thomas joins Aer Lingus to officially launch its new loyalty programme, AerClub. Picture Jason Clarke

Denise Smith

Kathryn Thomas has revealed that she agreed to marry her long-term partner Padraig McLoughlin under one condition.

"I made him promise that when we get married, life still has to be exciting," says the Operation Transformation presenter with a flash of her dazzling princess cut engagement ring.

"I couldn't imagine a very routine existence. I like the fact that I never know what's happening next and it's all a bit up in the air. To me, that's exciting.

"I just told him things can't get boring, so the pressure is on.

Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan

"I joke about that, but at the same time I do feel much more settled and I love being at home in the house with the dogs."

Never one to follow the conventional route, the hardened travel enthusiast admits that a white wedding was a non- runner.

"Getting married was never on the bucket list, there were always so many more exciting things to do," she says.

"But everyone is really happy for me and for us.

Kathryn Thomas with Padraig McLoughlin outside Padraig's new seafood restaurant,
Catch 22
Kathryn Thomas with Padraig McLoughlin outside Padraig's new seafood restaurant, Catch 22

"At the beginning I was very paranoid because everyone was like, 'This is amazing and we're so happy for you'. I just wondered if they felt sorry for me because they thought it was never going to happen.

"I didn't think I would turn into one of those women, but I definitely am loving showing off my engagement ring."

The Pure Results Bootcamp founder may not have set a date, but she is planning to tie the knot some time next year.

"Right now I'm feeling the pressure because everyone is asking when is it happening, are you going to get married in a church, will you go abroad, what about the dress?" she says.

Operation Transformation presenter Kathryn Thomas. Photo: Andres Poveda
Operation Transformation presenter Kathryn Thomas. Photo: Andres Poveda

"All of those details I'm not sure on, but I definitely know what I don't want.

"I don't want big fancy white tablecloths, bows at the back of chairs or a head table. I just want a party, I want a big feck-off party. I want music and food in your hands. I want ketchup on people's faces, I want it outside, there has to be a bit of craic.

"For Padraig, the biggest thing is the food, but as far as I'm concerned, feed them cocktail sausages and lace them with drink."

Reclining in a plush suite at The Westbury Hotel for the launch of Aer Lingus' new loyalty programme, AerClub, Kathryn admits the cost of an average wedding almost turned her off the idea completely.

Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin at The Voice of Ireland wrap-party at No. 37 Dawson Street
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin at The Voice of Ireland wrap-party at No. 37 Dawson Street

"My friends have sent me spreadsheets with costs, and it's crazy. How are flowers that expensive? And how can you charge people that much money for a three-course meal when you wouldn't even get charged that in Chapter One?" she says.

"It almost turned me off the whole thing."

Vowing never to become a "bridezilla", the fitness fanatic also has no intention of following any strict wedding diets.

"I think at this point I've been on telly so long now that if I was never going to change or diet when I had to walk around on telly in a bikini, I won't be doing it for my wedding," she said.

"I've been to so many weddings where the bride doesn't even look like herself and you just say to yourself, who is this person? I would hate to look back and say that it doesn't look like me."

Restaurateur Padraig may be the one, but 38-year-old Kathryn isn't about to hand over the organisational reins in Don't Tell The Bride fashion.

"He's great at the organising end of things, but I couldn't let him organise the whole thing because I'm not good with surprises. Not in a month of Sundays. I would let a dress designer pick my dress, not a fella who runs a restaurant."

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The couple's love story may have begun thanks to a chance encounter over a pint, but does the Carlow woman believe in happy ever after?

"I think you make your own fairytales and your journey should be a fairytale and this is just one part of it," she says.

"I don't hold marriage on a pedestal like some of my girlfriends.

"Maybe I'll turn into one of those gushing brides when I walk down an aisle, but right now I'm just like, 'Bring on the party'."

Reminiscing on how the couple first met, Kathyrn says: "I met him in O'Donoghue's Pub and I just thought he was a ride.

"He was standing in the corner having a pint and minding his own business - it was one of those eyes across the room.

"We made eye contact and then I got really awkward and I hid behind the partition in the bar, but he persevered.

"I was single for three years at that point. I think timing has a lot to do with it. Before I just wasn't ready."

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