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Wednesday 18 October 2017

TV job is just a hobby, teaching maths is my real gig - aoibhinn

Aoibheann Ni Suilleabhain
Aoibheann Ni Suilleabhain

AOIBHINN Ni Shuilleabhain has insisted she just sees TV presenting as a "hobby".

The 30-year-old told the Herald that her new post lecturing in mathematics at UCD is her real job, while hosting the occasional programme on RTE is more for fun.

Mayo native Aoibhinn, who has been dating Ryan Tubridy since 2009, will be returning to TV screens in October hosting RTE's Science Squad.

She has featured in a variety of other shows including The Panel, reality series Celebrity Bainisteoir and a presenting role on The Reel Deal, a traditional music programme. But the former Rose of Tralee insisted presenting will never be a full-time career.

"Television has always been a part-time thing, a hobby, for me and it's not something I've ever depended on," she said.

"I've always been teaching or studying and I want to maintain that. I've always been careful and particular about the shows that I do, too. I really want to do science and I've a new season of Science Squad coming up, so I'm looking forward to that and those kind of programmes," she said.

The beauty, who bought a home in Monkstown, Co Dublin, with 2FM anchor Ryan before Christmas last year, said that while she's not angling to become the first host of the Late Late Show or anything like it, she does harbour ambitions to return to the airwaves.

Last summer she fronted a 10-week slot Aoibhinn & Company on Radio One on Sundays.

"I'd love to do more radio, I really enjoyed Aoibhinn & Company last year and I enjoy that medium," she said, speaking at the launch of Proctor & Gamble's Effect campaign yesterday. After completing her PhD in mathematics in September, Aoibhinn launched herself straight into lecturing at University College Dublin.

Her role is lecturing undergraduate science students as part of a five-year BSc and Masters course. For three years, Aoibhinn worked in St Mark's Community School in Tallaght.

"I'm really enjoying it," she said. "It's a fabulous place to work, I'm in the O'Brien Institute, it's an amazing building and I have wonderful colleagues - some of whom are lecturers I had when I was doing my undergraduate degree. "

Aoibhinn turned out to launch the P&G Effect campaign in Trinity College's Sceince Gallery.

"It's a really direct representation of how science is around us everyday," Aoibhinn said of the campaign.

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