Sunday 4 December 2016

The loves of my life: Blathnaid Tteacy, TV and Radio Presenter

Published 07/11/2016 | 02:30

The TV and radio presenter on why her boyfriend is also her best bud and why her energetic mother is her hero.

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The person

My boyfriend, Charlie. We've known each other since we were teenagers. I know it sounds very cliched, but we are best buds

The memory

My earliest fond memory is from when I was about four years old. During the long summer evenings, we'd have water fights in the back garden, and splash about in an old-fashioned tin bath filled with water.

The moment of the day

The evening is my favourite, especially now that we're coming into winter time. I love nothing better than snuggling up on the couch with a mug of tea, the fire lit and a big, cosy blanket

The song

I recently watched a documentary on Bill Withers, which reintroduced me to his music. Grandma's Hands is so intimate and beautiful; I adore the fact that it's a platonic love song

The movie

Stand By Me - it was the first film that I recall having a lasting emotional effect on me. You laugh, cry, get angry and feel comforted throughout this movie - and what an incredibly talented young cast. It's a masterpiece.

The hero

My mum, Anne. I don't know how she has so much energy! She raised a big family, and we all turned out OK. When she was my age - 28 - she was married with three kids. I can barely take care of myself

The book

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. I had tears in my eyes, about five minutes into the film. I wanted more, so I read the book, which is slightly different. I couldn't put it down

The outfit

I'm a big fan of a woolly jumper. I picked up a gorgeous cream one in H&M recently, which I'm living in, with jeans and leather boots. For a night out, it depends, but I'm digging the oversized T-shirt/jumper dresses with thigh-high boots. RiRi and Zara Larsson are nailing this look right now

The accessory

A gold chain that I bought in Montenegro, when I was presenting a travel show for TG4 called O Tholg Go Tolg

The gadget

I'm typing on it right now - my beautiful MacBook Air. She's so wonderful, and I love her so, so, so much

The pet hate

Bad breath. I know everyone hates it, but I just think to myself, 'Jesus, would you just get a toothbrush and some floss in there!'

The friend

I have several wonderful friends whom I adore and can tell anything to, so it would be unfair to choose just one

The beauty product

Transformulas' Miracle Marine Cream. It does a great eye cream too; I cannot recommend it enough

The holiday

Thailand - I spent five weeks there last summer. Out of all the places I visited, I have to choose Koh Tao. I got to scuba dive here, and rock climb at nearby Railay Beach. Thai food is divine, too!

The piece of advice

You make your own opportunities. You have to work hard, be positive and be sound to people, and then the rest will follow

The drink

Espresso Martinis - delicious

The hotel

I'm more of a holiday-home person. Charlie and I got to stay in his aunty and uncle's Mayo home in Blacksod last year; it was beautiful and so peaceful

The bar

Walsh's in Stoneybatter, or the Harbour Bar in Bray

The hobby

Is shopping a hobby? I just love rummaging around shops and picking up bits and pieces. I love getting dressed up and doing my hair and make-up - I find it really calming, for some reason

The part of my body

Rather than focusing on the physical, I'd prefer to focus on what's going on underneath my skin. I love that I'm ambitious and hard-working. I'm always improving my skills, and I'm comfortable in my own skin.

The celebrity

Beyonce. She's a very clever business woman; she's managed to turn her husband's alleged infidelity into an multi-million-dollar-selling album and a short film. I saw her perform in Croke Park, and I was knocked off my feet by how talented she is

The virtue

I work hard, but I also play hard

The vice

I sometimes doubt myself. I think I can be quite tough on myself

The smell

Issey Miyake - it's divine

The taste

Chocolate . . . with tea

Blathnaid will present 'Gleasta Chun Feasta', a 10-part fashion series on TG4, airing in 2017. You can also hear her every Friday night from 8pm on 2FM, hosting 'The National Chart Show'

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