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“People thought I was crazy to vacation with Ellie in an RV while I was six months pregnant”


RTÉ star Kathryn Thomas starts the second season of her road trip show No Place Like Home.

Jim Gallagher

She used to be known as the face of adventure travel, jumping out of airplanes and diving with Sharks or bungee jumping from spectacular bridges. But the lifestyle of the pregnant RTE star Kathryn Thomas is a little quieter these days than it was when she presented No Frontiers for ten years the second series of their popular road trip show No Place Like Home.

Once again, the Carlow native is exploring the nooks and crannies of Ireland to highlight what we armchair viewers planning to stay before summer is all about is available.

Her three-year-old daughter Ellie is also a star of the show, as is her mother, who drives from Malin Head to Mizen Head in an RV.


“I was gone the whole of July and Ellie was with me the first and last week, so she was in Donegal and West Cork,” says Kathryn, whose second child will be born at the end of October with husband Padraig McLoughlin.

“She had a ball like this last year when she was two years old, but she was much more malleable back then and much easier to deflect because if we have to move, we have to move.

” She is of an age now, in I just had the feeling that it would be too much for her and too much time away from her childminder and all her buddies.

“So she was gone for two weeks with us and then I flew two weeks alone . “

And of course, flying alone brought back memories of her life in the noughties.


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“You know what? It was actually the perfect balance. I thought, oh my god, that’s what it was like to travel when I was 20 when I was shooting No Frontiers.

” Nobody was hanging out with me , I could read my books in the evening, take a bath, go swimming in beautiful sunrises, so it was actually perfect.

“Even though we had long workdays of 14 and 15 hours, it felt like a vacation when she was not there was.

“That was such a joy, but obviously based on the experiences we had, I preferred her to be with me. She is now at an age where she is curious about everything. “

Kathryn said one of the greatest joys of motherhood is seeing her baby transform into a little person.

” It’s tough and tiring and there are days when you are with yourself Backpack and the sun on your face looking at photos of you on a beach in Thailand and asking: ‘Where is this person?’ Or when you unpack from the shops or too m do laundry for the 20th time that day.

“But the best thing is the joy they bring and their curiosity. They learn and make observations. I could just hang out with her all day. She’s never boring.

“She can be annoying and testing, but mostly I’m just amazed at her tiny brain. Seeing them play and learn is a privilege.

“I really enjoy it and look forward to raising and educating them in the right ways, and I can already see that they are curious about the world and…” that’s what’s going on, and that’s exciting. ”

Kathryn said she had no qualms about going out on the streets with a three year old while pregnant, sometimes sleeping in the RV and sometimes glamping or one B&B or hotel to stay overnight. But other people questioned their minds.

“Traveling like that is now on my bones. People said, ‘You are six months pregnant with a child in a motor home, what on earth are you doing? Are you angry? ‘

“But I feel most comfortable when I move. I’m older and more sedentary, but I love it. I love exploring, I love traveling and going to new places and meeting new people and I think this will never leave me.

“We did it at a slower pace and I didn’t jump off planes or dived like last year. The schedule was created according to my physical needs.

“I don’t get nervous at all. I love it and the reception we got everywhere was fantastic, as is usually the case in Ireland.

“And Ellie was having fun and eating more ice cream than the HB factory could actually produce. If you ask them what their favorite part of the vacation was, ice cream comes first and the bears second. ”

The boy came to the recently opened Wild Ireland Animal Sanctuary near Buncrana on today’s show is close to large mammals.

The Inishowen peninsula of Co Donegal is now one of Kathryn’s favorite spots in Ireland after seeing some of its beautiful beaches.

“We stayed there with friends for a week in vacationed with a beautiful Air B&B in Malin Head and explored from there. I haven’t seen beaches like it anywhere else, “she said.

” One day we took a boat and the weather was bad and we went to Kinnagoe Bay to escape the wind and we were overwhelmed by it. So we went back the next day and the sun split the stones and I swear to God it was like Bali or Indonesia because the sand was so white and the sea was turquoise and the green forest behind it. it was just amazing. It’s absolutely breathtaking. ”

Kathryn will also visit the Aran Islands, Doolin and County Clare and West Cork in future episodes of the show. She hadn’t been to Inishmore in the Aran Islands since childhood and was very impressed with the developments in the food scene, glamping and tourism.

And she said she loved the true spirit of Cead Seeing Mile Failte everywhere.

“You think it’s for the Americans or the Europeans, but there was a palpable feeling of ‘It’s great to see you, it’s really great to see you.’ open their doors and want to feed you and take care of you. I really felt that on the street and it was nice to experience. “

Kathryn said that she was lucky with her pregnancy during the trip and had no problems. (She knows the gender of her baby, but she and her husband Padraig keep it to themselves.) “I was sick for a few weeks early in the pregnancy and have been very lucky ever since. I felt great and strong even though I was definitely tired, “she says.

” As soon as I get my sleep and food and move around and don’t sit down for long, I’m fine. But there were a lot of pit stops while driving. ”

The TV host said she would miss building the Operation Transformation program next year, with preproduction usually starting in October, but she would be ready to start early next year Series 14 directing the show.

“I should be back in January, everything is going well, but it won’t be as much work as I normally do.

” But everyone works together and they do are such a great team that we can get everything working despite Covid. “

Photo: Marc O’Sullivan, Hair: Norma Jean O’Reilly, Make-up: Michelle Field Series Stylist : Clementine Macneice Filming Location: Irish Museum of Modern Art,

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