Sunday 26 October 2014

Dáithí O Se: "The time next year I will be dealing with Santa, a baby and I can't wait"

By Eimear Rabbitte

Published 18/12/2013 | 14:32

Daithi O Se and Rita Talty.  Photo: Gerry Mooney.
Daithi O Se: “All is going well with the scans so it is an exciting time.”
Dáithí with his wife, Rita Talty are expecting their baby in March.

HE has a reputation as one of the chattiest men in Ireland, but RTE star Dáithí O Se has learned to keep quiet about the important things in life.

The superstitious Kerryman said he is reluctant to talk about or prepare too much for the arrival of his little girl or boy for fear that anything goes wrong.

Dáithí's American wife Rita Talty is expecting the couple's first child in March.

The Today host said he is staving off buying too much for the baby until closer to the due date.

“I am reluctant to talk about it and I have learned to hold back because I guess I am superstitious in that way,” O Se said.

“We have bought bits and pieces, but no baby clothes or anything like that so we decided to leave that until the last minute.”

Thankfully the dad-to-be's worries have all been in his head so far.

“All is going well with the scans so it is an exciting time,” he said.

“Rita was a bit sick at the beginning, but she seems to be in good form now.”

And Daithi who is midway through his second season at the helm of RTE afternoon show Today, with co-host Maura Derrane, said the baby approves of his career choice.

“We were in the middle of filming when Rita rang me to say that the baby kicked for the first time when she was watching Today,” Daithi explained.I started talking and the baby started kicking so that was really nice.

“Either he or she likes the sound of my voice or wanted me to shut up,” he laughed.

The 37-year-old will be taking it easy this Christmas, his last chance to drink and sleep without a care in the world.

“I am looking forward to a quiet Christmas because it will be totally different when I am a dad than being on your own.” ”This time next year I will be dealing with Santa Claus and a crying baby and I can't wait.”

”Myself and Rita will spend it quietly with my family.”

One big personality, who will be missing from the O Sé family Christmas, will be the presenter's dad, renowned musician and poet Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé, who passed away last August.

“It will be a totally different celebration this year without my dad, which shows just how positive and important he was to his family and friends,” Dáithí told the Herald.

“But all we have is good memories and that is how he would want to be remembered.”

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