Sunday 19 November 2017

Lucky Aoibhinn's happy to roll the dice in Lab

Science Gallery director Micheal John Gorman with Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain and Prof David Spiegelhalter
Science Gallery director Micheal John Gorman with Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain and Prof David Spiegelhalter
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

RYAN Tubridy may have a long wait before getting the chance to whisk girlfriend Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain away on holidays this summer.

The teacher-turned-presenter, who has been dating father-of-two Tubridy for four years, has been lined-up for back-to-back filming of RTE's 'Science Squad' and travel show 'Getaways'.

Both shows were recently given the green light for another series.

Mayo-born Ms Ni Shuilleabhain told the Irish Independent that she was delighted the shows were re-commissioned.

"I'm definitely more comfortable now, it's easier when you know what the shows look like and how it all operates – I'm just so thrilled they're both happening again," she said.


"We started filming 'Getaways' three weeks ago on the French ski slopes and shooting for 'Science Squad' will kick off in June.

"Then I'm also doing the Fleadh Ceoil in August, so it's a busy time and I'll be away a lot. But I'm so lucky, it's a wonderful complaint to have."

Previously, a second-level maths and physics teacher, Ms Ni Shuilleabhain said that while she sees herself returning to the classroom in the future, presenting is where she wants to be right now.

"In a classroom you're trying to get a point across and make people perk up and listen to what you have to say – I think that's why a lot of teachers go into presenting. It's essentially the same thing."

In between filming, the 28-year-old is in the middle of a PhD in mathematics at Trinity College Dublin and is currently preparing for two international education conferences in September.

Ms Ni Shuilleabhain is also helping to curate the latest exhibition at Trinity's Science Gallery.

She turned out with her fellow curator David Spiegelhalter, professor for public understanding of risk at the university of Cambridge, to help launch 'Risk Lab: Are You Feeling Lucky?' in Dublin yesterday.

Risk Lab is a free, experiment-based show exploring risk, coincidence and the patterns of chance through real research experiments. It runs until June 23 in the gallery on Pearse Street.

"When they asked to help curate I really felt, 'oh God, I don't know if I'm able to do this', but I'm delighted I came on board now. This is a first for me and I really got involved in the process and got to have a say," she said.

"For me, it's so important to help create a link between science and the public. It makes it more interesting and fun and that was our objective."

Irish Independent

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