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My most embarrassing memory is quizzing Robert Sheehan about a movie he wasn't in, reveals presenter Sinead Kennedy

Elaine McCahill

Published 04/11/2015 | 07:50

RTE's Sinead Kennedy.
RTE's Sinead Kennedy.

Being a presenter on live TV for 13 years means you can have quite a few mishaps - and RTE's Sinead Kennedy is no different.

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Sinead hosted a range of different children's programmes for 10 years before working on documentaries and shows like Winning Street.

She says one of her most embarrassing memories is quizzing Irish actor Robert Sheehan about a movie he didn't star in on kid's show Satitude.

"I had so many cringe-worthy moments, there were so many embarrassing things happening all the time," she told the Herald.

Winning Streak presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy
Winning Streak presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy

"I would do a lot of my own research but, one particular day, I hadn't done it because I didn't have time - and somebody else handed me some info for the Robert Sheehan interview.

"I was talking to him live on telly about some movie and he was just like 'what are you talking about?'.

"I thought he was trying to make a fool out of me and he went 'did you get that on Wikipedia or something?'. I didn't know where it came from, but it was from Wikipedia - it was a total lie. I had just made up some film that he was never in," she added.

As well as asking the wrong questions, Sinead also physically hurt herself quite a few times as well.

TV presenter Sinead Kennedy is pictured at the 11th FÍS Film Festival presenting Orla O'Hara and Lucy Robinson, students from Redeemer Girls NS, with the 'Aileen MacKeogh Overall Winners Award 2015' for their film The Jelly That Wouldn't Wobble
TV presenter Sinead Kennedy is pictured at the 11th FÍS Film Festival presenting Orla O'Hara and Lucy Robinson, students from Redeemer Girls NS, with the 'Aileen MacKeogh Overall Winners Award 2015' for their film The Jelly That Wouldn't Wobble

"I fell live on air more than once - one was particularly bad, when we were playing this game called 'Crubeen Crazy'," she recalls.

"Boiled pigs feet are a delicacy in Cork - obviously, we didn't make kids eat real ones - but we did have plastic ones in vats of unset jelly that looked like red blood.

"We had Tracy Beaker over - she was a huge star on the BBC, which made it so much worse - and we were playing the game and the blood went everywhere, and I fell.

"It wasn't just a little slip, I was on all fours, splat on the ground on live TV. Then you just have to carry on, but the whole time you're just dying with embarrassment."

While many presenters worry about getting pigeon-holed in kids' TV, Sinead said she was "in the right place, at the right time" to land her role on RTE2.

"I'm so glad I did, because how else would I have gotten into it?," she said. "I started at 19 and I left at 29 to do older stuff and, even when I left, they thought I was a bit young to leave.

"But 10 years is a long time to be in one department. I learned so much and I had so much experience doing live TV, so I think it did me all the favours in the world to keep me working in entertainment. I would never regret it.

"If somebody else hasn't done all that and they're up against you for a gig, it stands to you in auditions."

Sinead (31) was speaking at the 11th annual FIS Film Festival awards which took place in The Helix yesterday.

FIS is a collaboration with the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology and empowers children and teachers to explore the medium of film.

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