Saturday 25 February 2017

TV3's Ciara Doherty preparing to 'exchange abuse via text' with fiancé as Donegal take on the Dubs

Sean O'Grady

Although Ciara reckons Donegal are the underdogs, she has her fingers crossed that they'll come out on top.
Although Ciara reckons Donegal are the underdogs, she has her fingers crossed that they'll come out on top.

Ireland AM presenter Ciara Doherty has admitted there may be a war of words between her and fiance Richard Stern over today's Dublin v Donegal match.

The Donegal native is a staunch supporter of her home county, while partner Richard will be gunning for the Boys in Blue to win the quarter-final.

"There will be a bit of rivalry between the two of us," Ciara told the Herald.

"I brought him to the last Donegal and Kerry All-Ireland final and he wore a Donegal scarf so I think he has slightly converted to supporting Donegal, but he might not agree with me."

Ciara has gone home to enjoy the match with her family and will have her phone ready to send some put-downs to her TV producer other half.

"He's in Dublin. We'll be exchanging abuse via text," she said.

Although Ciara reckons Donegal are the underdogs, she has her fingers crossed that they'll come out on top.

"When Donegal are playing Dublin I convince myself we'll beat them. I know Dublin will be difficult competitors," she said.

Pressure

"There's always an axe to grind because the teams have met in All-Irelands and sometimes they've beaten us and sometimes we've beaten them.

"Donegal will be under pressure, but we're the underdogs."

The former Newstalk producer is planning on going all out for the match.

"I'll be watching with Mum and Dad and my sister. We'll have jerseys, scarves and we'll probably put out a flag. I'm quite nervous about it," she said.

While she's an avid GAA watcher, Ciara admitted she's not the most athletic individual.

"Me and sport never really went hand-in-hand. I was on the first-year camogie team, but I'm not sure how I got on it," she said.

"I was one of these people who would fake an illness to get out of PE class, and I did so for years."

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