Kathryn Thomas

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Kathryn Thomas
Born Kathryn Thomas
(1979-01-01) 1 January 1979 (age 40)
Carlow, Ireland
Residence Mount Brown, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education English, Sociology and Information Studies
Alma mater King's Hospital School. University College Dublin (UCD)
Occupation Presenter
Employer Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Known for Rapid, No Frontiers, Winning Streak, Operation Transformation, The Voice of Ireland

Kathryn Thomas (born 1 January 1979) is an Irish television presenter.

Early life

Thomas attended the national school on the Green Road, Carlow and began her secondary school years in St Leo's College, Carlow. In her second year, she transitioned to The King's Hospital in Dublin as a boarder.[1] [2] She studied Arts (English, Sociology and Information Studies) at University College Dublin but left before finishing as she won a contract to present the children's television programme Rapid.[citation needed] She also took London Guildhall acting exams to Grade 8.[citation needed]


Thomas's break into television came when she co-presented Rapid, a youth sports show, with Dublin GAA star Jason Sherlock during the 1990s.[citation needed]

Thomas worked on the television series No Frontiers,[3] which included assignment stories about boomeranging in Australia, bungee jumping in New Zealand, child trafficking in Namibia, and American football.

In 2008, Thomas co-presented Winning Streak: Dream Ticket with Aidan Power. From 2009, she co-presented Winning Streak, with Marty Whelan.[4] She left Winning Streak in December 2011.[5]

In 2011, she became the new presenter of Operation Transformation on RTÉ One.[6] In 2016 she will be replaced by Ray D'Arcy. In August 2011, it was announced that she would host the Irish version of The Voice, The Voice of Ireland.[7]

In February 2012, Thomas stormed the stage during a performance by Alabama 3 at the 9th Irish Film & Television Awards, and wagged her finger at the rock band after they sang a song with the lyrics "fuck the police". She accused Alabama 3 of inciting people to violence.[8]


Thomas has stepped in for John Murray on RTÉ Radio 1 and also hosts an RTÉ Radio 1 quiz show.[citation needed]

Personal life

Thomas, had a five-year relationship with Garda Enda Waters which ended in July 2012 .[9] She has being dating businessman Padraig McLoughlin since summer 2013.[10]

Thomas revealed in 2015 that a series of shooting stars inked on the inside of her lower left arm were not tattoos but were in fact transfers. [11]

Commercial Ventures

in April 2015 she set up Pure Results Bootcamp, a seven-day diet and exercise camp operating out of Inish Beg Island, a private Island Estate in West Cork, Ireland. The camp programme includes a pre-camp consultation with a nutritionist to establish the participants goals, a shared room in a courtyard cottage, a two-week post camp fitness and diet programme and two weekly weigh-ins with a member of the Pure Results Bootcamp team. [12]


In 2005, Thomas won the Travel Extra Irish Travel Writer of the Year.[citation needed]

In 2008, Thomas won the Sony Bravia TV Personality of the Year at the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs) in Dublin, as well as Best Female Presenter at the TV Now Awards.[citation needed]

In February 2012, she came third in a poll to find Ireland's most desirable Valetines.[13]


  1. "King's Hospital Past Pupils Union Newsletter featuring Thomas" (PDF). King's Hospital.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Butler, Laura (8 March 2012). "RTÉ's golden girl Kathy talks sex, booze and why she doesn't believe in God". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 8 March 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Frontier Films"
  4. Dillon, Fiona (27 February 2010). "I'd love a chat show -- Kathryn". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 27 February 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Marty's sadness as Kathryn quits". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Kathryn Thomas". RTÉ Ten. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Sweeney, Ken (26 August 2011). "Kathryn beats off Grainne Seoige to becomes The Voice presenter". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 26 August 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Finn, Melanie (18 February 2012). "How the 'Irish Oscars' lost their Glamour and gloss and descended into chaos". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 18 February 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Kathryn Thomas and Garda boyfriend split after five years". Irish Independent. 3 December 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Kathyrn Thomas reveals how she fell for new man while ordering a pint". Irish Independent. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "I was 'too chicken' for a real tattoo, says Kathryn Thomas who admits new ink is kiddie transfer". evoke.ie. 5 Jan 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Operation Transformation host Kathryn Thomas set to launch her own seven-day bootcamps". evoke.ie. 2 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Bressie, Georgia top Valentine's Poll". RTÉ Ten. 11 February 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>