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Saturday 16 December 2017

what's My kind of holiday? 
I'll take a fitness bootcamp over a beach any day

SHE'S been enjoying some well deserved time off after a busy few months in RTE - and Kathryn Thomas' idea of the perfect holiday is to get even fitter than she already is.

The Voice of Ireland host is packing her bikini to head over to Spain but instead of lounging around with a cocktail, she's decided and test her endurance after signing up to an abs crunching bootcamp.

And the television presenter is even leaving her other half Padraig McLoughlin (inset) behind to get fit.

"I'm going over to do it on my own and it's going to be pretty intense with drill sergeants screaming in my face in the sweltering heat, but I'm looking forward to it," the Carlow native told the Diary.

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"I feel like I need it and want it. I'm fairly active and love travelling so this is combining the two passions; although I might say something totally different when I come back and I'm dying to lie by a swimming pool."

After years working alongside health guru Dr Eva Orsmond on Operation Transformation, Kathryn knows she'll be up for the challenge.

"I'm well able for it. Everyone seems like a lamb next to Eva," she said.

The 35-year-old, who has just returned from a cycling holiday with restaurateur boyfriend Padraig in Kerry, will be making the most of her short break before she's back in the swing of things at the national broadcaster next month.

She is lined up to take over from John Murray on Radio One in August.

"I'm doing another spell filling in for John and can't wait for that," she said.

And although she's got plenty to occupy her in RTE, Kathryn is eager to take on more work in the UK in the future.

"I'll definitely be pushing for more production work in the next year or two," she said.

"I am developing formats all the time. I love thinking up new ideas whether they include me presenting them or not, I'm very interested in the whole production side of things."

The blonde beauty recently left her agent Joanne Byrne to join the books of Noel Kelly's agency, alongside Yvonne Keating, Lorraine Keane and Ryan Tubridy.

However, she insisted that her move in representation was nothing to do with landing gigs overseas.

"It was just time for a change," she insisted.

While she's often flying back and forth to Los Angeles to visit her sister and take a couple of meetings about potential TV projects, Kathryn has no plans to set up camp in the US.

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