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Amanda urges ex Paddy to pop the question to Cat

IRISH TV beauty Amanda Byram believes her ex-boyfriend Patrick Kielty should propose to Cat Deeley as soon as possible.

Newly single Amanda has revealed that she is delighted for her ex and would consider dating another Irishman after a string of international boyfriends and some "awful dates" in Australia.

"The last Irish guy I went out with was Paddy (Patrick) and that was 10 years ago. We're still good friends and I think he and Cat are such a lovely couple. I'm like 'Throw the rock at her for God's sake, you're perfect together'," she said.



Humour

Amanda is now back on the market again after her split from former fiance Craig McMullen after deciding it just wasn't meant to be and is now having a fun-filled summer in London.

She's not long back after a two-month stint in Australia where she caught up with her best pal and also learned to surf in the sunny tourist destination.

But despite dating an array of guys from America, France, Australia and Argentina, she admits that Irishmen will always have a particular sway with her.

"This stems from having a few disastrous dates in Sydney. The Irish have their own sense of humour and sensibility, this hilarious element that everyone else in the world just doesn't get. I'm so missing the guy that gets where I'm from and there has been a huge element of that in past relationships. I'm not saying that I'm only ever going out with an Irish guy but Irish people just get you. It's nice to talk about heading down to Kerry and they know you're not talking about Kerry Katona," she continued. Speaking about deciding to call off her engagement to the Aussie-born rugby player, the Castleknock native said that heading Down Under for some time out was just what she needed.

"If wanderlust was a disease, I would definitely have it," she added. "When stuff doesn't go my way, I get on a plane and go somewhere. I went to Sydney to see my best friend Jo, who has just had her second baby, and I did things like learn to surf and just have a lovely time."



Entrepreneurs

She will now be back on our small screens at the end of this month when she fronts new Sky1 show The Angel, which sees billionaire businessman John Caudwell dishing out a potential €600,000 to aspiring entrepreneurs over the course of five nights.

Airing on July 23 and running for five consecutive nights, she described it as "a mixture of Dragons' Den and The Voice" with the contestants having to sell themselves and their idea in less than a minute.

And she also revealed how she is considering signing up for a project in Ireland.

"My bread and butter is in London but I'm going to sit down and have some chats with an RTE production company shortly. The project has to be the right one and I think now is a good time in terms of my career. I would only come home to do the right project, otherwise you get the whole 'Oh she's coming home with her tail between her legs'."

mfinn@herald.ie