Friday 22 September 2017

'My pregnant wife is top priority now' - DWTS Aidan O'Mahony

Aidan O'Mahony
Aidan O'Mahony
Dancing with the Stars Aidan O'Mahony and Valeria Milova rehearsing Picture: Mark Condren
Aidan O'Mahony in his Kerry heyday
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Kerry GAA and reality TV star Aidan O'Mahony will be embracing a new routine shortly - as he steps into the role of first-time father.

The Dancing With The Stars contestant, who is down to the final five celebrities on the hit RTE show, is this week due to welcome a baby with wife Denise Healy.

The sports star (36), who also works as a garda, said that Denise has made huge sacrifices to be there to support him throughout the competition, and he describes her as a "massive part of my life".

O'Mahony said he will be turning the tables now and intends on supporting her instead as they become parents.

Dancing with the Stars Aidan O'Mahony and Valeria Milova rehearsing Picture: Mark Condren
Dancing with the Stars Aidan O'Mahony and Valeria Milova rehearsing Picture: Mark Condren

"I think she is really enjoying it and it has been a distraction for her for the last two months, so the next couple of weeks she is going to take priority instead," he said.

O'Mahony said he is more than ready for impending fatherhood, saying that it has come "at the right time in my life".

"I'm really looking forward to it because it is such a positive thing in your life," he said.

The fleet-footed sports star has impressed throughout the competition as a steady performer.

Aidan O'Mahony in his Kerry heyday
Aidan O'Mahony in his Kerry heyday

He has also won over many female fans thanks to his fondness for wearing chest-exposing outfits.

Last Sunday saw him scoring his first 10 of the series from the panel of judges, who were impressed with his Charleston to I've Got a Woman by Ray Charles.

He scored a total of 28 points from the trio and went sailing through to this week's showdown after also getting the backing of the public.

However, he said that juggling his work as a member of An Garda Siochana with dance rehearsals, as well as building a house, has made for a very busy schedule over the past few months.

Yet O'Mahony, who announced his retirement from inter-county football in January, said he had to grab the DWTS opportunity with both hands.

"When I was asked at first, I said 'not a hope'. We went back and forth for three or four weeks and then I said, 'Why not?'. What's for you won't pass you and I'm delighted I did it," he said.

There are just three weeks remaining in the Shinawil-produced show as the competition reaches its final stages.


This Sunday will be the toughest show yet, given that the celebrities have to perform not one but two dance routines as they battle to avoid being in the dreaded "dance-off".

Bookies' odds have placed actress Aoibhin Garrihy as one of the favourites to win the show and take home the glitterball trophy, along with Hometown star Dayl Cronin.

RTE broadcaster Des Cahill has also confounded his critics by staying in for so long and he clearly has massive support from the Irish public.


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