SHE won't be lonely this Christmas. RTE's golden girl Kathryn Thomas will not be spending Christmas Day with her other half, Padraig McLoughlin, but she'll have her hands full.
The Carlow native is hosting Christmas dinner for her extended family.
“My sister is coming home from LA and my brother is coming home from the Isle of Man so I'm cooking Christmas dinner in my house in Dublin,” she told the Herald.
“There's 12 of us. I'll do the turkey. I'm not a bad cook but I made an awful mistake two years ago I left the plastic bag of giblets inside the bird — it's very easy to do.”
Restaurateur Padraig runs Hugo's restaurant on Baggot Street with his |former wife but Kathryn says he hasn't been offering her any basting or baking advice.
“He's not giving me tips on how to do anything because he's been so manic with so many Christmas dinners coming in.
“He probably won't want to see another turkey and ham,” said Kathryn.
Kathryn was introduced to Mullingar man Padraig through mutual friends, and the pair hit it off straight away.
They were spotted together at the Galway Races and made their first public appearance at the People of the Year Awards.
They may not be spending Christmas Day together but the pair will ring in the New Year in the west of Ireland.
“There is about 10 of us going over, we're all staying in a hotel and have booked rooms. It should be a great night. Overall, 2013 was a good year. Work was great. The low was my sister Linda moving to the States.
“But I've been back and forth to see her so that's been nice.”
Asked if meeting Padraig was a highlight she replied: “Of course it was.”
Kathryn has just finished filming the Battle stages of the Voice of Ireland and says new coach Dolores O'Riordan is a welcome new face.
“I think she loves the audience. She has had to be reminded of the rules of the show which is pretty funny,” added Kathryn.