Sunday 20 October 2019

'In fairness I have lovely legs' - RTE meteorologist Joanna Donnelly reacts with humour to horrible letter from troll

Gale warning: Joanna Donnelly, meteorologist with Met Éireann
Gale warning: Joanna Donnelly, meteorologist with Met Éireann
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

From hero worship to horrible letters, it has been a week of extremes for RTE meteorologist Joanna Donnelly.

In the wake of Hurricane Ophelia she received a lovely letter from a little girl in Cork thanking her for keeping her fisherman father and grandfather safe by issuing a red warning.

However, she also received a horrible handwritten letter from an anonymous individual which she shared on Twitter.

It read, "Get off the stage Donnelly.  You work for Met Eireann.  You're a weather forecaster.  That's all.  No big deal.  Nobody is remotely interested in you or your lifestyle.  You're not even a little bit attractive.

"You're obviously trying to break into the entertainment/celebrity side of it like some of your colleagues.  Stick with your cushy job in Glasnevin."

Joanna reacted with humour by captioning a photo of the letter on Twitter with, "In fairness I have lovely legs. Just can't see them on tv. My mother would be furious and demand I have this fingerprinted."

The RTE meteorologist received many messages of support from people on Twitter with one commenting, "Should you ever find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness or insecurities, remember things could be worse... You could be them."

Another joked, "That's Evelyn's handwriting" and another added, "I'm too lazy to count, is this a Twitter troll trying to get around the character limit??"

'My dad is a fisherman and he is safe' - RTE meteorologist Joanna Donnelly receives sweet note of thanks from little girl

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