Sunday 22 April 2018

RTE Stars: Best and worst dressed

We rate the RTE girls

O'Driscoll, Gillian Quinn, Sonya Lennon, Aoibhin Garrihy,
Miriam O'Callaghan, Grainne Seoige, Kathryn Thomas,
Katie Van Buren, Dani Robinson, Louise Johnston and
Pippa O'Connor
Emma O'Driscoll, Gillian Quinn, Sonya Lennon, Aoibhin Garrihy, Miriam O'Callaghan, Grainne Seoige, Kathryn Thomas, Katie Van Buren, Dani Robinson, Louise Johnston and Pippa O'Connor

'Girl power' was full swing at Montrose this week, as the national broadcaster unveiled its autumn line-up.

Presenters Miriam O'Callaghan, Grainne Seoige and Kathryn Thomas were just some of the RTÉ beauties jostling for centre-stage at the photo op — all of whom were confirmed as firm fixtures on the box in coming months.

But as well as those familiar faces, some of the others included may prompt viewers to wonder: 'Who?' Kids TV presenter Katie Van Buren and Fair City newcomer Aoibhin Garrihy were among the aspiring starlets seemingly being tee’d up for telly greatness by channel.

Emma O'Driscoll

From the neck up and the thighs down, former Six star Emma looks great -- rocking the autumnal vogue for big hair, red lips and riding boots.

But there's not 'A Whole Lot of Loving' going on for the table cloth in the middle. We notice wholesome Emma is wearing a wooden rosary bracelet -- praying for divine wardrobe intervention, perhaps?

She first appeared on our screens as a Christina Aguilera lookalike on reality series Popstars in 2000 -- landing a spot in ill-fated pop get-up Six.

After undergoing a demure make-under, the smiley Limerick lass has carved a career in children's television. But working foxy new hair and make-up at the launch, could the 29-year-old be ready for another crack at stardom on 'grown-up' telly?

Gillian Quinn

Not many 40-somethings could get away with a hemline like this -- and in spite of those never-ending pins, sadly Ms Quinn, we're not making an exception for you.

Just a couple of inches more would have taken this funky embellished shift from 'slummy mummy' to 'yummy mummy' -- maybe Sonya will lend you some of hers? Still, digging the new do and the metallic heels.

Having brushed up her presenting skills with her own show on internet channel Kildare TV, WAG Gillian is set to go mainstream this season -- well, sort of.

She's swapping her stilettos for studs on reality TV series Celebrity Bainisteoir -- taking the reins of a GAA team for eight weeks.

Sonya Lennon

Hello? Sonya? Are you in there? Swamped by this mass of red material, it's hard to make out the diminutive Off the Rails presenter.

Of course, being a stylist, Sonya is bang on trend as we're told these shapeless sacks -- sorry, smocks -- are going to be all the rage for winter. Let's just hope there are no bulls around.

Stylist to the stars Sonya returns to the small screen for her fourth season of Off the Rails, flanked by sartorial sidekick Brendan Courtney.

But away from the box, she's busy, busy too -- hosting workshops at Dublin Fashion Week in September and travelling the country advising women what (not) to wear. She also works as a voiceover artist for Voicebank.

Aoibhin Garihy

Bet Lynch called -- she wants her frock back. Only toying -- Fair City babe Aoibhin looks fierce in this animal-print number and lioness hair to boot.

But for full effect, may we humbly suggest fire-engine red heels and lippie (talk to Emma) -- the lads in Carrigstown won't know what hit them.

We're calling her the new Caroline Morahan -- because just like Caroline, stunning Aoibhin may have got her big break on Fair City, but she's clearly being groomed for greater things.

Standing almost shoulder-to-shoulder with Montrose matriarch Miriam, without saying a word ambitious Aoibhin screams: 'Watch this space!'

Miriam O'Callaghan

Ultimate glammy-mammy Miriam strikes the pose of a woman who knows she's the queen of effin' everything. Motherhood, career, style: she's nailed it all without so much as one of those platinum locks out of place.

Although we've seen this type of curve-hugging asymmetric affair on the glamazon dozens of times before, she still looks fab. Jealous, us?

Marian, who? Flitting effortlessly between the pokerfaced and fluffy, Miriam has taken the throne as the queen of Irish TV and radio. Between Prime Time, Saturday Night with Miriam, radio show Miriam Meets...

-- and now providing holiday cover for Pat Kenny, the in-demand mum-of-eight's workload should ease the blow of a 30 per cent pay cut.

And while financially, she's only seventh in line at the station -- this photo leaves little doubt as to her place in the pecking order among the ladies of Montrose.

Grainne Seoige

Channelling Morticia Adaams in head-to-toe black, Grainne looks more like she's off to a funeral than a launch party.

Then again, having just waved goodbye to her colourful Daybreak wardrobe -- maybe she is in mourning. Brownie points for on-trend tuxedo jacket and snakeskin-print shoes.

OK, so the whole Daybreak thing didn't quite work out as planned -- 38 year-old Grainne has just handed in her notice as features editor of the ITV breakfast flop after less than a year. But every cloud has a silver lining -- in this case, for the men of Ireland as the Galwegian will be back with no fewer than five shows lined up for the new schedule including documentary Grainne Seoige's Modern Life and sports quiz Put Them Under Pressure. Meanwhile, she hasn't ruled out a return to British telly.

Kathryn Thomas

Ms Thomas, this is a difficult look to pull off without looking like a three-tier wedding cake or loo roll that's unravelling wrong. Not sold on the insipid heels, mind.


If we were Kathryn Thomas, RTÉ bosses would have to prise theNo Frontiers gig from our cold, dead hands. But give it up she did — and now instead of getting to globetrot in a bikini, the 32 year-old is stuck in gloomy Dublin for the winter.

But while copresentingWinning Streak alongside Marty Whelan is decidedly less glamorous, none of us can afford to turn our nose up at a steady gig. And stepping into the formidable shoes of Gerry Ryan, Kathryn did a great job fronting the latest season ofOperation Transformation — so she's sure to be back fatfighting in no time.

Katie Van Buren

That must have been one hell of a party -- we're assuming that Montrose's newest babe on the block, Katie, is just on her way back from Oxegen. Why else would she be wearing her finest festival gear? Cowboy boots? Tick. Floral print? Tick. Jaunty fedora? Tick.

Don't bother getting changed now, Katie -- Electric Picnic is only a few weeks away.

When we were growing up, Irish kids' television was synonymous with Ian Dempsey and Ray D'Arcy in dodgy jumpers and mullets. Today's school boys get to ogle eye candy Katie, who presents The Rumour Room on teeny-bopper telly TRTÉ. Although a relative newcomer to Montrose, Katie describes herself as a 'Professional optimist' on Twitter.

Danielle Robinson

Miriam, Kathryn and now Dani -- there's definitely a bit of a Smurfette motif going on here. We can't tell whether these are skin-tight jeans or Dani's legs have actually been spray-painted --- aquamarine.

OMG! - and there we were thinking (nay, hoping) that 'Fake Street' had been axed. Instead, 'the one from Wexford' Dani, Louise, Vogue and Cici are tottering on to an interweb near you.

In a new catch-up series to be broadcast on the RTÉ Player, the adventures of the wannabe-D4 dollybirds continue online followed by a rerun on RTÉ Two.

Louise Joohnston

Fade Street's Louise is taking the title of her breakout reality series a bit too seriously is this somewhat 'meh' monochrome ensemble -- which causes her upper body to blend into the shrubbery.

Unlike so many other Irish models though, credit for keeping it classy by sticking to the age-old 'boobs or legs -- but never both' rule. And we want your gladiator heels.

She was meant to be the 'Audrina' of Fade Street (she even looks a bit like, or should we say 'loike', The Hills star) -- but after Vogue went and stole everyone's thunder, the other girls found themselves playing second, third and fourth fiddle, in no particular order. So on take two of the car-crash reality series, model Louise -- who was voted Ireland's most eligible bachelorette earlier this year -- could be hoping to graduate from C to A list. Showmance, anyone?

Pippa O'Connor


Proving there's more than one fashionable Pippa on the planet, the new Mrs Ormond keeps it casual but cool in skinny jeans, nude wedges and colour-block blazer. And accessorising with a loved-up glow, marriage obviously suits Pippa. Actually hang on, that could be the Fake Bake. Either way, we're loving her new low-maintenance look.


Just in case your invite was lost in the post (like ours), now you can pour over all the glossy minutae of Pormond's big day in a new fly-on-wall-series this autumn - if that's your bag. Model Pippa said 'I do' to presenter Brian Ormond followed by a posh knees-up at The Ritz-Carlton in Wicklow in June. A camera crew followed the couple in the lead up to their nuptials. Meanwhile, newlywed Pippa — who also featured on TV3 reality showCelebrity Salon — has jumped ship from Assets to Andrea Roche's modelling agency.

Irish Independent

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