'Claire can lend us baby books' - says Daithi
DAITHI O Se is wasting no time when it comes to brushing up on his daddy duties.
The Today presenter announced this week that he and wife Rita, right, are expecting their first baby.
And the Kerry man is already turning to fellow RTE stars for parental advice. Daithi says he will be picking the brain of Prime Time presenter Claire Byrne, inset, when it comes to baby names.
"Rita and I haven't picked any names out yet," Daithi told the Diary.
"But I will be asking Claire if she has baby name books I can borrow after she has her baby.
"We might get some hand-me-down books," he laughed.
Claire (37) announced she was pregnant in May this year and will shortly be saying so long to the RTE lot as she goes on maternity leave.
Daithi and Rita Talty met at the Rose of Tralee in 2010, where Rita was competing as the New Jersey Rose. They tied the knot in Tralee last year and earlier this year Daithi admitted they were "working hard" at starting a family.
"Everyone always asks me if we're going to have any babies -- there are always plans for babies, I'm working very hard at it at the moment," he said at the time.
And all that hard work paid off. Daithi and Rita will welcome their bundle of joy into the world in March next year.
Daithi has said in the past he would love to have five children in total, while Rita has expressed a desire to have twins.
But the chat show host says they'll have to review things after the first baby arrives. "We've got started and that's great," he added.
"We'll have to see how we get on with this one before we start thinking about more."
Daithi wants the gender of the baby to be a surprise: "I don't want to know, but Rita does," he said. "If I come home and she's painted the nursery blue or pink it may give it a way."
This summer, Daithi's father Maidhc Dainin O Se (71) died, and Daithi says the baby news has been a great solace to his family.
"There's always light at the end of the tunnel, but the news about the baby means that light has started to shine brighter," he said.
Daithi shared the good news with Maidhc before his death.
"When I told my dad the news there was no congratulations he just said 'so, it works!' That was the way we rolled," Daithi said.