Wednesday 18 January 2017

'Oh no Fergal... Do you need a lift?' - Miriam O'Callaghan tries to rescue TV guest whose car broke down on way home

Geraldine Gittens

Published 07/08/2016 | 16:10

Fergal Keane and Miriam O'Callaghan on RTE's Saturday Night with Miriam
Fergal Keane and Miriam O'Callaghan on RTE's Saturday Night with Miriam
Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan. Photo: David Conachy.

RTE chat show host Miriam O'Callaghan tried to come to the rescue of one of her TV guests last night when his car broke down on his way home from RTE's Donnybrook studios.

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BBC Speical Correspondent Fergal Keane appeared on Saturday Night With Miriam to talk about the last 20 years of reporting on conflicts throughout the world, in particular the terrorist attacks in Europe over the last two years.

"I've spent the best part of 20 years covering war and conflict but it's always been far away... apart from five years in Belfast, it's been in the Middle East, Africa, Asia. Now to find yourself in Paris for example, I covered the Charlie Hebdo attack, the Bataclan attack, I covered the recent attack in Nice. I covered attacks in Germany and Belfast."

"It's quite chillling," he said.

"Now it's coming to us. It's not just as a journalist you feel that, but as a father, as a citizen. This sense that our world is becoming much more predictable."

On the way home, the journalist's car broke down near Kilmacthomas in Co Waterford.

"Clutch burns out. Stranded near Kilmacthomas," he tweeted at 1.43am this morning.

"Oh no Fergal - I would rescue you if I could. Do you need a lift? Hope you are okay & get back soon," Miriam replied.

By 3.14am, Fergal was rescued by a taxi driver who he said was "a true pro".

Miriam responded: "Well done to the wonderful Eugene Conroy from Rapid Cabs in Waterford for rescuing you."

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