Friday 23 June 2017

Katherine: Why I said no to Craig Doyle's TV show

Craig Doyle
Craig Doyle

She is the guest Craig Doyle would love to have on most.

Cheeky and irreverent, she would have his TV audience in stitches.

Problem is, she used to occupy the same slot. So don't expect to see Wagon's Den star Katherine Lynch on RTÉ's twice-weekly Craig Doyle Live any time soon.

"I've been asked to do the Craig Doyle show and I refused. I had my own shows, and I'm hardly going to do someone else's show after having five of my own, and I'm busy," Katherine told me this week.

Currently in negotiations to return to RTÉ screens, the Leitrim woman describes Craig's replacement series as "very different".

"I don't particularly like the Craig Doyle show. It's not a comedy programme but I don't think Craig is a comedian. I do think he's a very good presenter and wish him the very best of luck. After Desperate Housewives you get a good few tuning in."

What's been keeping Katherine 'busy' lately is recording a folk album and penning some heartfelt tunes.

A spell in New York is on the cards too, with the Mohill woman enrolling at the New York Film Academy from May until the end of July.

She explains that these projects are connected to the passing of her beloved dad Tom Lynch to Parkinson's Disease last year.

"When my dad passed away, it was hard to be dressed up and running around like an idiot. "Instead, I wanted to try and express myself through music, film and poetry."

That's a tall order when you're the grand-niece of celebrated poet Patrick Kavanagh.

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