Monday 5 December 2016

'My TV role as Biddy’s daughter in Glenroe will always haunt me' – Blathnaid Treacy

Sean Grady

Published 02/05/2016 | 10:54

Blathnaid Treacy
Blathnaid Treacy

She may be best known as RTE2’s fresh-faced Two Tube presenter, but Blathnaid Treacy got her first taste of fame as a child actress.

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The 27-year-old starred as Biddy and Miley’s daughter Denise Byrne on the long-running soap opera Glenroe, joining the show at just three months old and departing at the series’ end when she was 13.

However, the TV star admitted she now cringes whenever she looks back on her days featuring in the RTE show.

“Those pictures are going to haunt me for the rest of my life,” she told the Diary.

“But I am well used to it now at this stage.”

Her experience on the show inspired Blathnaid to come up with an idea for a documentary on the life of Glenroe creator Wesley Burrowes.

Blathnaid Treacy pictured at the special event screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Savoy Cinema Dublin. Photo: Anthony Woods
Blathnaid Treacy pictured at the special event screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Savoy Cinema Dublin. Photo: Anthony Woods

The programme aired just day’s before the writer’s death last December, aged 85.

“I came up with the idea to do the documentary a couple of years ago and we finally got the go ahead over Christmas,” she said.

“It was amazing. It was in the top 10 most watched shows of 2015, it went out just after Christmas, so it was really successful.

“It was nice his family got to see all this and we got to remember him and celebrate his life because he was an incredible writer.

“I had a chat with his son, Kim Burrowes – he works in RTE – and he was really happy with it, so that was great.’’

The TV presenter has been keeping busy lately with other projects,

including presenting the Lotto on RTE.

Blathnaid works alongside entrepreneur Nuala Carey and former Mr Ireland, Kamal Ibrahim.

Hosting the show has been a dream gig for Blathnaid who admitted that she did not have to work too hard to land an audition.

“I was asked to audition and then they said they would like me to come on board,” she said. “It is good fun. It is live every Wednesday and Saturday. It sort of came out of nowhere.

“Nuala Carey is still doing it and Kamal. The three presenters share out the months between them, so the next one I will be doing will be in September.”

Recalling some of her celebrity interviews, Blathnaid cited U2’s Adam Clayton as the star who left the biggest impression on her.

“I got to interview Adam Clayton recently. He was the nicest person I think I have ever met,” she said.

“He was so charismatic and he took his time with everybody.

“He is the biggest rock star in the world and he’s so polite. He let me take a few selfies with him as well.”

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