Tuesday 28 March 2017

Grainne will never forget her elephant experience

Aengus Fanning

"This has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It has been an absolute privilege to work closely with Thai elephants on behalf of charity," said Galway beauty Grainne Seoige yesterday, on her return to Ireland after filming a special Daybreak show for ITV.

The Daybreak special, to be shown next Wednesday, is part of a huge campaign for animal charities and other charities instigated by Prince William and Kate Middleton, who have said that they do not want presents for their wedding but instead have nominated 26 charities to be helped.

"To be able to touch the elephants -- they weight two-and-a-half tonnes -- to be able to scrub them and to look at them in the eye was a totally amazing thing," said Grainne, 37.

"My work as features editor in Daybreak has brought me into many unusual situations. I've covered the slums in Delhi, I've been to the Arctic, to Kenya where I've caught rhinos, I've been in RAF aircraft, in tanks, but this beats them all."

The special show was organised with the help of the Zoological Society. "They are doing amazing work, particularly in trying to protect animals who are almost extinct," says Grainne.

"We did stuff with Siberian tigers, known as Amur tigers, who are very close to extinction and I think William and Kate's charity will be of huge benefit to this campaign."

For RTE, Grainne has just completed the highly successful All-Ireland Talent Show series, which consistently attracted audiences of well over 600,000.

Referring to rumours that the talent show would not go ahead next year, Grainne said: "This sort of thing gets written up every year. All I know is that we had the highest ratings ever but, in television, nobody knows what is going to happen next year. Let the chips fall where they will."

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