IT WAS both a full house and an Open House reunion at the launch of Marty Whelan’s book, 'That’s Life'.
Whelan’s former day time co-host Mary Kennedy officially launched the book in Dublin’s Trocadero restaurant.
“He’s a fantastic writer and a loyal friend,” she said. “I have so many fantastic memories working with Marty.”
Morah Ryan, Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan, producer Bill Hughes, Winning Streak’s Sinead Kennedy and Gerald Kean were all on hand to raise a toast to Whelan.
“It’s a very emotional night,” Whelan told the Herald.
“To have all these friends from various stages of my life gathered here means a lot.
“This book is not a tell-all book, just a memoir of my life,” he added.
During the course of the night, Whelan recounted the highs and lows of the Eurovision Song Contest, discussed his stint at Century Radio and chatted about his signature facial hair.
“My moustache is my crowning glory,” he said.
Instead of following a traditional chronological order, Whelan explores themes of love and friendship by revisiting the music of David Bowie, Paul McCartney and The Three Degrees.
Asked what he plans on doing now he has finished writing his book Whelan said he would love to front a travel show.
“I would love to go around Italy, eating the food and of course drinking the wine,” he said.
“I think that would be really special - hopefully someone agrees.”
Whelan has been working in show business for several decades and says “mixing things up” keeps life interesting.
“I do radio and TV and all sorts so having that variety is fantastic.”
Whelan admitted this week that he had been propositioned many times over the years, but added such a fate was “inevitable” given his long career.
That's Life, the long-running Esther Rantzen-presented BBC series, had a tone that was gently amusing and occupied a broadcasting middle ground which also gave it an enduring appeal. The title also feels perfectly apt for Marty Whelan's forthcoming memoir.