Sunday 25 September 2016

‘I got sick once and I said I’m never going to touch that stuff again’- RTE’s Marty Morrissey on being teetotal

Published 17/09/2016 | 14:30

Marty Morrissey has the All Ireland final to look forward to
Marty Morrissey has the All Ireland final to look forward to

Commentator Marty Morrissey said a bad experience with alcohol in his youth turned him off booze for life.

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The RTE star (57) has been a pioneer since his teenage years when he experimented with drink causing him to be ill.

“I never had any desire for the alcohol, maybe it was a parental influence,” Marty told The Irish Daily Mail.

“Both my parents were teetotal as well. I experimented once or twice behind their backs, as most of us do. I got sick once and I thought, I’m never going near that stuff again.

Marty Morrissey. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Marty Morrissey. Photo: Steve Humphreys

“I never smoked, my father smoked heavily and I think it was a turn off,” he said.

Meanwhile, the TV personality commented on his RTE colleagues Mario Rosenstock and Oliver Callan, who have taken to imitating Marty as part of their sets.

The GAA commentator said he did not anticipate the reaction the original sketch would receive and said it is all taken in good fun.

“I didn’t know either of them from Adam. One night I was in my local pub where there’s no phone signals. I came out at about 12:30, sat into the car and my phone just lit up.

"That was when Mario Rosenstock did me on the Late Late Show and I knew nothing about it until I got all these texts. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery isn’t it. I’ve gotten to know Mario and Oliver and I’ve gone to their shows. I think they’re extremely talented and I enjoy them,” he said.

Mario Rosenstock as Marty Morrissey.
Mario Rosenstock as Marty Morrissey.

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