RTE raises glass to 2013 so host Miriam can keep the party going
PRESENTER Miriam O'Callaghan could end up hosting the New Year's Eve concert in Dublin's city centre from inside a glass box.
The 'Prime Time' host is due on-stage this evening in College Green to kick-off a concert in front of 10,000, featuring headliners Imelda May and Bell X1.
But with today starting wet and windy RTE has provided the 52-year-old with a "safety net" studio on site.
The same studio will be used for a series of interviews with special guests including comedians Ardal O'Hanlon, Oliver Callan, and Boyzone star-turned- actor Keith Duffy.
"We're hoping to start outside but if we get rained off, it's good to know we can make the announcement from inside the studio," O'Callaghan told the Irish Independent.
"The TV coverage is very important because most people will be watching at home."
Close to midnight, the mother-of-eight will be handing over the job of counting in 2013 to Imelda May live on-stage.
Asked to comment on reports that neither President Michael D Higgins or Taoiseach Enda Kenny had been invited to the event, O'Callaghan said: "I hadn't a clue about that because I didn't do the guest list. We'd love to see them there but hopefully they will be having a lovely time with their own families."
The NYE Dublin festival begins tonight at 6.30pm with a 'People's Procession of Lights', starting at the tourist office at 1, St Andrew St, at 6.30pm, followed by a fireworks display in St Stephen's Green at 8pm.
Admittance to the later concert at 8.30pm is by ticket only.
'New Year's Eve Live – The Gathering' begins on RTE Radio 1 at 10pm and RTE One at 10.30pm.