Sexy scientist stays tight-lipped on her chemistry with Ryan
COY: TV Aoibhinn's silence fuels romance rumour
RTE broadcaster Ryan Tubridy's rumoured other half Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain (26) has refused to pour cold water on reports that she is dating the Montrose star.
Stepping out yesterday to officially launch the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2010, Aoibhinn was staying determinedly tight-lipped about the budding romance.
When asked about her relationship with the Tubridy Tonight presenter, the former Rose of Tralee merely said, "no comment" adding to the speculation that the two are indeed an item.
A regular contributor to shows such as The Panel and No Frontiers, Aoibhinn recently beat off stiff competition to claim the title of Ireland's Sexiest Female TV star.
She was first spotted enjoying Tubridy's company several weeks ago at the Dylan Hotel after the Sensations TV Now Awards. Mayo native Aoibhinn sprang to national prominence after winning the Rose of Tralee title in 2005, two years after Tubridy presented the annual contest. She broke up with her long-term boyfriend soon after claiming the title and began dating a fellow teacher, but it's believed that she was single for a few months before finding love with the chat show host.
But despite the enormous media interes since it emerged that she was Ryan's latest squeeze, Aoibhinn maintains her high profile does not affect her full-time job as a secondary school Science teacher.
"School is school and that's that," she told the Herald.
"I'm very lucky to have both of them [a media and teaching career]. I love teaching and I'm also very lucky to take part in The Panel and things like that, so I love combining the two," she added.
The popular media personality has been involved in the BT Young Scientist Exhibition for four years now and will take to the stage alongside Today FM DJ Ray D'Arcy to present the awards ceremony for the fifth year in 2010.
"My background is in science and I love being part of it," Aoibhinn explained. "It's really great fun, they get great ideas and it's all about generating interest in science. It's something that Ireland can be really proud of."
The busy brunette is currently studying for her final exams to complete a post-graduate in education at Trinity College.
"Then we'll see after that what the plans are for the summer," she added.