Saturday 1 October 2016

Matt Cooper’s wife Aileen Hickie makes an unintended “mickey” joke on Saturday Night with Miriam

Published 28/06/2015 | 15:42

The barrister sent Miriam and the audience into a fit of giggles while talking about her relationship with The Last Word’s Matt Cooper.
The barrister sent Miriam and the audience into a fit of giggles while talking about her relationship with The Last Word’s Matt Cooper.
Matt and Aileen have been together since 1992
Matt Cooper & Aileen Cooper have five children together
Matt Cooper, wife Aileen, at the opening night of the musical Wicked at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

The wife of Matt Cooper, Aileen Hickie, made an accidental dirty joke on the couch during yesterday’s Saturday Night with Miriam.

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The barrister, who is a regular contributor on TV3's 'Midday' programme, sent Miriam and the audience into a fit of giggles while talking about her relationship with The Last Word’s Matt Cooper.

Mum of five Aileen was speaking about how she was pregnant so frequently throughout a six year period while she was training to be a barrister.

“I spent the next six years pretty much pregnant non-stop,” she said.

“I remember one barrister said I was obviously taking the mickey at that stage...”

The unfortunate timing of the phrase "taking the mickey" sent Miriam and Matt into giggles while Aileen protested: "That is not what I intended.

Matt and Aileen have been together since 1992
Matt and Aileen have been together since 1992
The barrister sent Miriam and the audience into a fit of giggles while talking about her relationship with The Last Word’s Matt Cooper.
Matt Cooper & Aileen Cooper have five children together
Matt Cooper, wife Aileen, at the opening night of the musical Wicked at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

“My mother’s in the audience,” said Aileen as she laughed.

Amused at the unplanned joke, Matt said: “The children are watching this at home."

The couple, Miriam and the audience laughed for a few seconds more before leaving the 'Mickey' comment behind them.

The pair, both from Cork, have been together since 1992 when they met while working for The Sunday Business Post.

Aileen later retrained to be a barrister as “Matt’s career in journalism was going better”.

“We met in the Sunday Business Post newspaper and I had started there in the summer. It was 1992. I was young and single. As you do I looked around to see if there was anyone who caught my eye and there wasn’t to be honest with you,” said Aileen.

“I was a bit disappointed. But then one of the girls who was working there said ‘Actually there’s a fella who’s on a trip to America this week but he’ll be back on Monday you can have a look at him’.”

When Matt returned to the US, Aileen revealed that she liked the look of him.

“The following Monday this fella went past my desk and I thought things were looking up.

“I spent the rest of the week stalking him at the photocopier and that Friday night there was a going away do for someone and I suppose we clicked at that.

“He asked me out then and got engaged a year later and married two years after that,” she said.

Matt, who is an only child, revealed that having a big family has been one of life’s true joys. He revealed that he often guilts his five children about the fact that they are lucky to have such a big family.

“Family is everything and I know that sounds cliché and corny. It’s great fun,” said Matt.

“I guilt them at times. I say ‘Stop fighting with one another. Do you know how much I would have loved a brother or sister?’”

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