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Sunday 19 November 2017

Celebrity Diary: My afternoon gig has been a joy... I'm hoping I can do it all over again

TODAY is the last day of my Afternoon Show stint -- and I don't know if I'll be back.

I feel a bit like a child at the start of my summer holidays, but I'd love to know if I'll be back at 'school' next term.

It has, without a shadow of a doubt, been one of the most fun years in my career.

I've done lots of different things over the years but the series has been a perfect fit for me and it's sad that the season has come to an end.

There has been a lot of talk about the future of the show recently but I don't know much more than anyone else at the moment.

All I can say is that I'm hoping to be back --but I haven't heard anything about it either way just yet.

It's nice that people have reacted so well to my being on the show but all I can really do is do it and hope for the best. I'm happy with the way things went.

I didn't know my co-host Sheana Keane very well before doing the show, aside from saying hello at social events, but we've become really firm friends.

We got on really well together from the start and totally clicked even though we are very different people.

We have a really action-packed line-up for the last show today, which I can't say too much about, but we'll be having live feeds from all over the country as part of our feature to promote swimming, which has been really popular.

I can't give too much away but we're going to try to set a new world record and get into the Guinness Book of Records, so there will be a lot going on.

A few of the girls from the show, and Sheana and I, all went out for a lovely dinner on Tuesday night in the lovely restaurant French Paradox in Ballsbridge.

We wanted to celebrate the end of a hugely successful season because, unfortunately, I can't make the official wrap party on Saturday night as I'm jetting off to a close friend's wedding.

It's a pity about the clash because it also means I'll be missing the TVNow Awards in the Mansion House but I wouldn't miss her wedding for the world.

I love the TVNow Awards -- I was there for the first time last year and had the most fantastic time.

I was sitting at the Hollyoaks table and we had the best craic.

I have interviewed loads of the British soap stars over the years and they are just lovely, down-to-earth people who love to have a good time.

I first interviewed Patsy Palmer from EastEnders on Ireland AM four years ago and we had her on the Afternoon Show last week and I could not believe she remembered me.

She was very chatty and just makes you realise that they are all just normal people doing their job.

I'm not sure if Sheana is going to the awards but we were both delighted to be nominated and it doesn't really matter who wins on the night.

Michael O'Doherty knows how to throw a great party so I'm sure it will be a terrific night.

I'm flying to Bordeaux early tomorrow morning for the wedding and after that I'll be going to Lisbon for a weekend.

It's nice to have a few weeks off now but I'll be back to work in July on Feirm Factor for TG4.

My Gaelgeoir pals Daithi O Se and Grainne Seoige have been hitting the headlines recently after nabbing high-profile jobs.

Daithi will be a natural as presenter of the Rose of Tralee.

I'm delighted for him because he is just so warm and good craic.

He will definitely inject a bit of fun into the event.

GMTV is rumoured to be interested in Grainne after she presented it recently but I don't actually know what her plans are.

She did a great job on the show and I know she really enjoyed it. She got a great reaction from people.

I don't think I would have any interest in carving out a career overseas because I'm quite settled here and my husband John Deasy is a TD in Waterford, so it wouldn't be easy for him to move.

In saying that, I'm a big believer in waiting to see where life takes you and being open to everything -- so never say never.

I'm training for the Flora Women's Mini Marathon at the moment, which I'm doing for the first time this year to raise funds for COPE in Galway, a charity for the homeless.

I won't be running because I injured my back in a car accident years ago but I'll do a bit of jogging.

I can't say my training is going great but I did have a session with a personal trainer at the beginning of the week.

I'm not really a big exercise person but I like to do a bit of yoga.

I'm lucky I don't put on much weight.

I'll be happy enough to make it across the finish line regardless of my time.

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