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Me, Myself, I... with Dáithi Ó Sé, television presenter

Dáithí Ó Sé

Published 17/08/2014 | 02:30

Dáithí Ó Sé
Dáithí Ó Sé
Kerry jersey favourited by Dáithí Ó Sé
Pier Head Barna, favourited by Daithi O Se
Boots favourited by Daithi O Se
'Back From The Brink' by Paul McGrath
Dáithí Ó Sé's ring

'Even the greatest of people go through the hardest of times...'

The book that changed my life

I really enjoyed 'Back From The Brink' by Paul McGrath. It's an unbelievable book. We all see Paul as an Irish hero but even the greatest of people go through the hardest of times. I couldn't put it down. It's a compelling read.

The quote that keeps me sane

"A pat on the back is six inches from a kick up the arse." This is especially true for the industry I work in.

The best advice I've ever received

I give talks from time to time in secondary schools and I notice that at a certain age they always try to be the same as each other and they all feel like they have to fit in. The best advice I've received and I try to pass on is: "Why would you want to be like anyone else when you're born to stand out?"

The film I've watched again and again

I know it's clichéd but I love 'The Shawshank Redemption'. Even though I know what is going to happen at the end of the movie, it always gets me.

The song I want played at my funeral

'Some Say the Devil is Dead'. I think this choice is self-explanatory.

The scent that evokes pleasant memories

Honeysuckle. It reminds me of my youth, summertime and walking home from school.

The piece of furniture that will become an heirloom

I had a lovely L-shaped couch that my wife managed to get rid of from the house. But it's not dead yet! It currently resides in my friend's house in the Aran Islands. So maybe one day I'll get it back.

The picture that is worth a thousand words

The first photo of my wife and my baby boy, Michael Óg.

The item that takes pride of place in my wardrobe

My cowboy boots that I bought in Texas 10 years ago. I've had them resoled five times. My wife is threatening to send them to the Aran Islands with the couch.

The sentimental piece of jewellery

My wedding band.

Favourite Restaurant in the World

I love O'Grady's on the Pier in Barna. Everything there is amazing and they do the most delicious crab claws and fish dishes.

The item I'd save in a fire

Probably my cowboy boots.

The characteristic I like most in myself

I like to talk and now I'm paid to chat on a daily basis.

And least

I never shut up.

My first kiss

I remember kissing my mother after she brought me home from my first day at school.

The last time I cried

I was holding Michael Óg during a 2am feed and I was thinking about my dad. I found it quite moving thinking of the old meeting the new.

It was the best of times

During Christmas time my sister and I crawled along the ground up to the kitchen, as we were convinced that Santa had arrived to the house. There was fierce excitement.

It was the worst of times

When Kerry was beaten by Offaly in 1982. I was six years of age and I was crying so much I couldn't get off the floor.

The person I call when things go pear-shaped

My wife, Rita. She's my rock.

My death-row dinner

A large plate of chicken jalfrezi and a cold pint of milk.

Pet peeves

People who don't listen.

Dáithí Ó Sé presents the 55th International Rose of Tralee on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 of August at 8pm on RTÉ One.

Irish Independent

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