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Travel bug Kathryn Thomas says she is 'dying' to get out of lockdown as RTE's No Place Like Home is set to return

The presenter will be hitting the road in Ireland over the coming months for her staycation show

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Kathryn Thomas

Kathryn Thomas

Kathryn Thomas

RTÉ presenter Kathryn Thomas will be going back to her travel show roots this summer after getting the green light for her staycation programme.

Thomas (42), who first found fame with globe-trotting show No Frontiers, will be hitting the road in Ireland over the coming months to highlight some top destinations.

No Place Like Home will see the presenter travelling around the country with husband Padraig McLoughlin and their little girl Ellie (3) as they film some choice attractions.

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Kathryn Thomas in Barbados for 'No Frontiers'

Kathryn Thomas in Barbados for 'No Frontiers'

Kathryn Thomas in Barbados for 'No Frontiers'

Restaurateur McLoughlin co-owns Union 8 in Kilmainham.

"It will be great to be back on the road, but we're just waiting on decisions and government announcements so we know we can film safely and get it on air on time as well," Thomas said.

"We're taking it week-by-week like everyone else."

Like the rest of the country, Thomas relished the lifting of the 5km travel ban and went to Dalkey at the weekend to visit her sister Linda and go for a swim, but she is looking forward to going farther afield.

"Am I ready to travel and ready to move and get out of the four walls? Yes," she said.

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Kathryn Thomas with her daughter Ellie and husband Padraig. Photo: Tony Gavin

Kathryn Thomas with her daughter Ellie and husband Padraig. Photo: Tony Gavin

Kathryn Thomas with her daughter Ellie and husband Padraig. Photo: Tony Gavin

"Am I really becoming jaded with everything? Yes, but do I recognise and am grateful for where I am? Yes, absolutely.

"I'm dying to get out, I'm dying to get to Kerry and I'm dying to see my friends and family.

"I've a brother who lives in the Isle of Man and we haven't see him in nearly two years."

Thomas said it has been a "really nasty time" for the travel and hospitality sector.

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"Like everybody in the restaurant business, they have taken a massive hit and there's still so much indecision around what's happening and how they are going to open successfully and what changes and what plans are ahead in order to do that," she said.

"So there's just so much that's still unknown, and I suppose with all outdoor dining, with the place in Kilmainham, there's a big outdoor terrace, so they're lucky they have the square footage to do that.

"They have two outdoor spaces there, but it will be the restaurants who don't have that, places in the city centre that have really excelled in the past couple of years by being bijoux and tiny and intimate.

"How are they going to come out the other end?

"It's been a nasty time for everybody in hospitality, and I think people will recognise that and there have been great supports there.

"But I don't know what the outcome is going to be for so many people, really."

She was speaking as an ambassador for Self-Help Africa, supported by Glenisk, for its One Million Trees campaign after it began the reforestation of 100 acres of land in Offaly.

Thanks to donations from the Irish public over the past year, every €5 given sees one tree planted here and 10 in Africa, where they reached the target of one million trees last month.

Thomas got involved with the charity after travelling to places such as Malawi and witnessing the poverty there first-hand.

"These countries in Africa are the least responsible for the climate change but are feeling the worst effects of it, but the reaction to this campaign has been phenomenal," she said.

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