Tuesday 6 December 2016

‘Twitter is a nasty place - a lot of my colleagues have deleted their accounts, but I won't,' says Miriam O’Callaghan

Published 27/09/2016 | 14:37

Miriam O'Callaghan pictured at the Bord Gais Theatre at the launch of the new season's shows for RTE 1 and RTE 2. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Miriam O'Callaghan pictured at the Bord Gais Theatre at the launch of the new season's shows for RTE 1 and RTE 2. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Miriam O'Callaghan and daughter Jessica McGurk at the LauraLynn Heroes Ball at the Mansion House Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam OCallaghan gets some help from Ruby, Setanta and Billie (all aged 9) to launch Trick or Treat for Temple Street 2016, proudly supported by MiWadi. Picture Brian McEvoy

Miriam O’Callaghan is a force to be reckoned with.

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With two prime television slots and a radio show under her belt, Miriam O’Callaghan is one of the most recognised figures in the Irish media.

This level of recognition, however, of course comes with its drawbacks, particularly online.

Speaking at the launch of Trick or Treat for Temple Street, sponsored by MiWadi, the mother-of-eight opened up about the power of social media.

Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan

“Twitter is a nasty place,” she told Independent.ie.

“A lot of my colleagues have deleted their accounts, but I haven’t. It’s a bounty of information.”

“By and large people are very nice. People realise they can be prosecuted for what they say now,” the Prime Time presenter added.

“I don’t go on the hashtag #MiriamOCallaghan until two days after the show has aired. By then all of the nasty comments have gone, and I don’t want to see them.”

Miriam O'Callaghan and daughter Jessica McGurk at the LauraLynn Heroes Ball at the Mansion House Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Miriam O'Callaghan and daughter Jessica McGurk at the LauraLynn Heroes Ball at the Mansion House Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Despite the occasional criticism online, Miriam said that social media is part of her daily routine, and it's something she loves.

“When I drop the kids to school in the morning I scroll through Twitter and I get the news from all over the world. I love Facebook and Snapchat. I took over James Kavanagh’s Snapchat a couple of weeks ago and I loved it. It was so much fun,” she said.

With four daughters and four sons, the youngest being 10-years-old, the Foxrock native agreed that there’s “an awful lot” of pressure on teenagers that stems from social media.

“There’s an awful lot of pressure of teenagers. Teenage girls in particular,” she said.

Miriam OCallaghan gets some help from Ruby, Setanta and Billie (all aged 9) to launch Trick or Treat for Temple Street 2016, proudly supported by MiWadi. Picture Brian McEvoy
Miriam OCallaghan gets some help from Ruby, Setanta and Billie (all aged 9) to launch Trick or Treat for Temple Street 2016, proudly supported by MiWadi. Picture Brian McEvoy

“Sometimes they judge their popularity by how many followers or likes they have, or what their friends say. I tell my girls that the real world is the right place to be. If people are nasty, try to deal with them politely. If that doesn’t work, just forget them,” she advised soundly.

With her chat show Saturday Night with Miriam finishing at the end of the summer and Prime Time beginning again this month, as well as her radio show Sunday with Miriam, the 56-year-old said she’s “very happy” with where she is.

“I’m really grateful for my life and for the health of my family, because at the end of the day that’s what's most important.”

Miriam and her fellow ambassadors, Ruby, Setanta and Billie (all aged 9) are encouraging kids, adults, schools, communities and work places - to host a Halloween party and help raise funds for Temple Street.

To register your Trick or Treat party today, simply call 01 878 4344 or visit www.templestreet.ie/trickortreat.

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