May 24th, 2016

Kathryn Thomas: “Sinead O’Connor would be a great replacement for Dolores”

NewsBy Lynda McCarthy
Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas

Kathryn Thomas has said that she’d love for singing legend Sinead O’Connor to take over from Dolores O’Riordan on The Voice of Ireland panel.

The Cranberries singer is thought to have quit the RTE show after the commute from Dublin to her home in Canada became too exhausting.

The Voice of Ireland presenter Kathryn says that she’ll be sorry to see Dolores go but that Sinead would certainly bring something special to the singing competition’s judging panel.

“When Dolores signed up for the show she was living in Ireland but halfway through filming she decided to move back to Canada so then through the live shows she was commuting from Canada which was a bit of a pain in the ass for her. I’d love to see her back and I think that she left some very big shoes to fill. I love the way she’s a bit wacky and out there.

“I’d love for someone like Sinead O’Connor to take over, I think that she’s a rock icon like Dolores and she’d certainly add a bit of interest and a bit of spice, the same way Dolores did. You wouldn’t be worried about her being in any way conventional either. Someone like Mary or Francis Black would be great too, they’ve been in the industry for a long time, they know what they’re talking about.”

The star, who has just signed a new two year contract with RTE, admitted that she’d love to take over the Late Late Show hot seat but that she has a lot to achieve before she gets to that point.

“Of course I would like to do The Late Late but I’d prefer to do a Kathryn Thomas chat show before I’d do that. I think it’s important to learn your craft as you go and I think The Late Late is the pinnacle but there’s lots to do before I get there.”

After taking over the Operation Transformation reigns from Gerry Ryan following his sudden death in 2010, Kathryn says she is pleased that RTE are finally honouring the late radio host with a commemorative plaque.

“It should have been done a long time ago. Sometimes these things take a little longer than they should but it’s rightfully going to be put up now.”

*Kathryn Thomas was speaking at the launch of the Tesco Community Fund Initiative which will see €1 million donated annually to local good causes around Ireland.