It suits living here, but I'll always be a culchie at heart
Published 20/09/2011 | 05:00
Giving a voice to culchies everywhere, celebrity DJs Ruth Scott from Roscommon and Paddy McKenna from Leitrim co-present Weekenders on 2FM.
But it's a long way from the red carpet they were raised.
"Growing up in Elphin, very few cars would even pass through the village," says Ruth. "So moving to Dublin to work for RTÉ was terrifying.
"Ironically, my first job was presenting AA Roadwatch -- and to this day, I still get slagged about it because at the time I didn't even know where Rathmines was.
"It took quite a few years for me to settle in Dublin -- but I'm still very conscious of representing a more regional voice on national airwaves.
"It was definitely a shock to the system," agrees Paddy of relocating to the big smoke to study journalism at DCU seven years ago.
"As a kid, getting up to Dublin to go to McDonalds on O'Connell Street was a big deal.
"For the first few years, I lived in Drumcondra -- which is a bit of a culchie enclave anyway -- so that made the transition easier."