Tuesday 27 September 2016

'Move over the Kardashians, let's have the O'Callaghans' - Miriam O'Callaghan on giving fans a bird's-eye view into her life

Published 23/08/2016 | 08:02

Miriam O'Callaghan pictured this morning at the Bord Gais Theatre at the launch of the new season's shows for RTE 1 and RTE 2. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Miriam O'Callaghan pictured this morning at the Bord Gais Theatre at the launch of the new season's shows for RTE 1 and RTE 2. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Miriam O'Callaghan has said she loved taking over a well-known Snapchat star's account because there were far fewer trolls than on Twitter.

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The presenter - who took over James Kavanagh's account on the video and picture-sharing site for 24 hours - told the Herald she felt it was a much nicer medium in terms of feedback from followers. She has an active account on Twitter, but like many people in the public eye, Miriam is not immune to keyboard warriors.

"I loved doing Snapchat. It's a lovely place to be," she said. "A lot of people, like my co-presenters Ryan Tubridy and Claire Byrne, have gone off Twitter because it's a very nasty place. People tend to be very nasty a lot of the time."

"Snapchat was amazing when I took it over the other night. People were so nice.

"If that had been Twitter, it would have been nasty but on Snapchat, they were saying, 'That's great. Move over the Kardashians, let's have the O'Callaghans.'

"I just thought, 'what a lovely place to be' because they're all so young. And the youth of Ireland are absolutely gorgeous."

The mum-of-eight gave fans a bird's-eye view into her life, sharing videos from her home as well as the RTE studio.

At one point, one of her daughters could be heard complaining about the toilet in their south Dublin home being blocked.

Miriam, who videoed herself relaxing with her family, said she was keen to keep it as real as possible.

"We didn't want to dress it up. It was as it is," she said.

Next week she will return to co-presenting current affairs show Prime Time.

But she said she loves presenting her light entertainment show, Saturday Night with Miriam, which pulled in its highest viewing figures this year. It had an average audience share of 32pc for its slot.

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