Kathryn Thomas

Kathryn Thomas (born 20 January 1979[1]) is an Irish television presenter.

Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas

20 January 1979
ResidenceMount Brown, Dublin, Ireland
EducationEnglish, Sociology and Information Studies
Alma materKing's Hospital School University College Dublin (UCD)
EmployerRaidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Known forRapid, No Frontiers, Winning Streak, Operation Transformation, The Voice of Ireland

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.[2][3] 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. She also took London Guildhall acting exams to Grade 8.


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

Thomas worked on the television series No Frontiers,[4] 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 the show with Marty Whelan.[5] She left Winning Streak in December 2011.[6]

In 2011, she became the new presenter of Operation Transformation on RTÉ One.[7] In 2016, she was to 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.[8]

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 the band of inciting people to violence.[9]


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

Personal life

Thomas, had a five-year relationship with Garda Enda Waters, which ended in July 2012.[10] She has been dating businessman Padraig McLoughlin since mid-2013.[11]

In 2017, Thomas announced through Instagram that she and McLoughlin were expecting their first child together.[12] In March 2018, Thomas had her first daughter, Ellie McLoughlin .[13]

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.[14]

Commercial ventures

In April 2015 Thomas 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.[15]


In 2005, Thomas won the Travel Extra Irish Travel Writer of the Year.

In 2008, she 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.

In February 2012, she came third in a poll to find Ireland's most desirable Valentines.[16]


  1. https://www.irishmirror.ie/showbiz/irish-showbiz/operation-transformation-star-kathryn-thomas-13825194
  2. "King's Hospital Past Pupils Union Newsletter featuring Thomas" (PDF). King's Hospital.
  3. 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.
  4. "Frontier Films"
  5. Dillon, Fiona (27 February 2010). "I'd love a chat show -- Kathryn". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
  6. "Marty's sadness as Kathryn quits". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  7. "Kathryn Thomas". RTÉ Ten. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  8. Sweeney, Ken (26 August 2011). "Kathryn beats off Grainne Seoige to becomes [sic] The Voice presenter". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  9. 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.
  10. "Kathryn Thomas and Garda boyfriend split after five years". Irish Independent. 3 December 2012.
  11. "Kathyrn Thomas reveals how she fell for new man while ordering a pint". Irish Independent. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  12. https://evoke.ie/2017/11/11/showbiz/rte-star-kathryn-thomas-pregnant
  13. https://www.rte.ie/entertainment/2018/0325/949983-kathryn-thomas-shares-her-baby-joy/
  14. "I was 'too chicken' for a real tattoo, says Kathryn Thomas who admits new ink is kiddie transfer". evoke.ie. 5 January 2015.
  15. "Operation Transformation host Kathryn Thomas set to launch her own seven-day bootcamps". evoke.ie. 2 March 2015.
  16. "Bressie, Georgia top Valentine's Poll". RTÉ Ten. 11 February 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012.

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