Wednesday 23 August 2017

'I'm never retiring... I'll be doing it until they carry me out' - Miriam O'Callaghan on her future at RTE

Miriam O’Callaghan. Photo: Damien Eagers
Miriam O’Callaghan. Photo: Damien Eagers
Miriam O'Callaghan
RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan launching the Give Us A Song campaign with Molly Beesley (5) from Rathmines
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Miriam O'Callaghan has no plans to quit the small screen anytime soon.

Although the busy TV star revealed she turned down Dancing with the Stars as she didn't want to spread herself too thinly.

Although the Prime Time presenter was top of the programme producer's wish-list, she was content to leave the sparkly sequins and fancy footwork to her RTE colleagues Des Cahill and Teresa Mannion.

Despite being a massive fan of the BBC version and confirming that she was asked to take part in the dancing show, she decided that it wasn't for her.

Gay Byrne with Miriam O’Callaghan. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Gay Byrne with Miriam O’Callaghan. Photo: Steve Humphreys

"I would not offend the nation by getting up to dance. I do love to dance but I would not be the world's greatest dancer, so no," she said.

"I sometimes think as a current affairs anchor, I've stretched myself a fair bit into other areas. But I think Dancing with the Stars would just be too much. Everyone would go, 'No Miriam, that's just too far'."

RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan launching the Give Us A Song campaign with Molly Beesley (5) from Rathmines
RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan launching the Give Us A Song campaign with Molly Beesley (5) from Rathmines

She said that she will be glued to her screen this Sunday when the new show airs for the first time on RTE One.

"I'll be cheering them all on. I'll be watching it, because I love the British version of Strictly," Miriam said.

While she won't be sashaying her way around the dancefloor, Miriam has no plans to take her foot off the pedal when it comes to her primary role as one of RTE's best-known current affairs presenters.

In fact, the 56-year-old star said that retirement is the last thing on her mind as she continues her work on TV and radio.

Miriam O'Callaghan at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren
Miriam O'Callaghan at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren

"I'm going to be like Barbara Walters, who's this American TV presenter in her late 80's, is wonderfully talented and still does big shows all the time," she said.

"So no, I'm never retiring. I love what I do and I'll be doing it until they carry me out."

The broadcaster decided a few years ago to stop taking on New Year's Eve gigs with RTE so she could have a proper break. The mum-of-eight said she relaxed at her home in Ranelagh with her husband, Steve Carson, and their children as she just switched off for a while.

"It was so nice, just not working. Waking up and thinking, 'I don't have anything to do today except mind my kids'. That's a lovely feeling," Miriam said.

"I stopped working on New Year's Eve a good few years ago and it makes a big difference to your holiday. You don't have to leave Dingle and come back up for the night. Yeah, I did nothing and just enjoyed myself, it was fabulous."

Miriam O'Callaghan with her daughter Alannah (centre) and daughters celebrating her engagment last year
Miriam O'Callaghan with her daughter Alannah (centre) and daughters celebrating her engagment last year

While she said she doesn't believe in New Year resolutions, she has pledged to try and "do less" in 2017.

"I don't make resolutions. I think if you're lucky enough to be healthy and you can get up and do things, well the least you should do is give back," she said.

She was speaking at the launch of the Give Us A Song campaign which will take place on Saturday, February 4 in aid of the Caroline Foundation, which helps funds cancer research.

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