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Wednesday 22 November 2017

I've got right formula for an RTE science show - Aoibhinn

PRESENTER Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain has revealed she would love to front her own TV science show.

The former Rose of Tralee told the Herald of her dream to host an Irish version of Tomorrow's World, the BBC's former science programme.

The 27-year-old said she'd jump at the chance if RTE offered her her own educational project.

"It would be great, we'll see what's down the pipeline. Obviously I'd love to present a science show because that's my main interest.

"It's been great doing shows like An Cor and The Reel Deal, because I have a history with traditional music and I can speak the Irish language. But science is my main passion and I'd love to do something along those lines, so fingers crossed," the Mayo native admitted.

The maths teacher has enjoyed a career in television since winning the Rose of Tralee in 2005, but Aoibhinn said that she never set out to be a broadcaster.



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"It's lucky that I have a history of doing media events and maybe I'm not as nervous about talking science, it's useful in that regard -- but for me it's just about getting more people interested in my field."

And Ryan Tubridy's girlfriend divulged that she never considered going for the hosting slot on Winning Streak, which went to Geri Maye, as it's 'not her thing'.

"I didn't think of going for it at all. Presenting is not my full time job, I have a job I'm trying to get finished.

"I'm doing a PhD in Mathematics in Trinity so that takes up a lot of time.

"I really enjoy working in television and it's brilliant to do things like the Daily Show slot and I really enjoy it, but there are a lot better presenters out there. If a science show comes up, hopefully RTE will think of me, I'll be the one for them."

Raised in an Irish-speaking household in Carnacon, Co Mayo, Aoibhinn studied theoretical physics at UCD and graduated with a first-class honours degree in 2005.

The brunette beauty has been linked to Late Late Show host Ryan (37) since the pair met during an interview on his Saturday night chat show in February 2009.

Last summer, Aoibhinn accompanied dad-of-two Ryan to the UK on the first weekend he covered for Graham Norton on his Saturday morning BBC Radio 2 programme.

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