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'It seems a bit pointless' - Anne Doyle on why she won't be walking up the aisle

Sharon McGowan

Published 03/06/2015 | 10:15

Dan McGrattan and Anne Doyle on the Red Carpet at The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2015
Dan McGrattan and Anne Doyle on the Red Carpet at The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2015

She's been with her partner for more than a decade, but Anne Doyle has insisted she has no plans to walk up the aisle.

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The former RTE news anchor (63) said she is quite happy and is not at all bothered about marrying restaurateur Dan McGrattan.

Anne Doyle at the VIP Style Awards 2015
Anne Doyle at the VIP Style Awards 2015

"It seems a bit pointless," she said.

"I would have thought it would seem a little less obvious that in all likelihood if I've managed not to get married at this stage in my life it's kind of unlikely that I would now.

Dan McGrattan and Anne Doyle at the exclusive launch of the GUINNESS by Newbridge Silverware Collection
Dan McGrattan and Anne Doyle at the exclusive launch of the GUINNESS by Newbridge Silverware Collection

"I suppose I wouldn't see 'Will you get married?' as an obvious question because I'm not married myself and I don't have any particular wish to.

"I suppose I don't think of other people in that way."

Anne Doyle & Dan McGrattan during the Punchestown 2013 Irish National Hunt Festival in Kildare
Anne Doyle & Dan McGrattan during the Punchestown 2013 Irish National Hunt Festival in Kildare

As she grows older, the iconic presenter admitted she's happier in her relationship because she's happy with herself.

"When I was younger I probably looked more for love in other people," she said.

Dan McGrattan and Anne Doyle
Dan McGrattan and Anne Doyle

"The older I get, it's not that I look for love in other people … but you really have to find contentment in yourself."

After presenting the news on RTE for 33 years, Anne retired on Christmas Day, 2011 and admits she doesn't miss the workload she had to deal with in her final years.

"Because we did bulletins for Lyric and Radio One I had something every half-hour - it was a terrible pain in the arse," Anne told the latest issue of Woman's Way.

"You wouldn't have had much time to have a conversation with anyone in the latter years, so it became quite anti-social that way."

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