Saturday 18 January 2020

From homeless addicts to double-murder accused, my show is one to watch - Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh

Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh
Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh
Back row, from left, Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, Derval O'Rourke, Leah Egan, (Fair City) Sorcha Furlong, (Fair City) Aisling Franciosi, (The Fall) front row from left, Kathryn Thomas (Operation Transformation and The Voice), Miriam O'Callaghan (Prime Time), Aoibhinn McGinnity (Love Hate) and Blathnaid NiChofaighpictured this afternoon at the launch of RTE 1's new season of programming at Montrose.
Blathnaid and Aoibhinn

Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh

It's been such a mad, mental week as 
the kids are all going back to school 
shortly and it just feels like the summer flew by.

I've been trying to pack in lots of things with them before the holidays are over, so we did a cruise of Dublin Bay on Tuesday.

I did it on the Mooney Show a few weeks ago and it was fantastic. We went from the Ferryman pub and out to Howth and got the Dart back into town and went to the Natural History Museum. It was packed too - with more Irish than tourists, which is always nice to see.

Then on Wednesday it was the season launch of the RTE One schedule, so that was manic as usual.

I've also started filming for the new series of my show Moments of Truth and it's shaping up to be a really interesting series.

Today I'm meeting with a former drug addict who used to be homeless, so we're going to meet up and walk around the city centre and he's going to show me all the places he used to hang out.

But I'll be playing the devil's advocate and saying to him: "Do you know what it's like for people like us when we see people like you and the way you go on?"

I'm also meeting a woman who used to be on death row and is now living in Ireland. She was accused of a double murder - a pretty horrific crime.

I've already spoken to her on the phone and she seemed very quiet and nice. Of course she has trust issues, but how could she not?

I'm going to spend a day and night with her in a fixed location and hear her story.

You have to treat some of these people very carefully as I don't want to force them to talk about something they're not comfortable with.

They have to already be in a place where they're ready to open up. Sometimes they'll say: "I'm not comfortable with that, can you leave it out?" And we will.

The series is coming back in October and I think it's going out on Sunday at about 10pm so it should run after Imelda May's new show.

I think filming is going to be a little tough today so I'm probably going to be exhausted - if I manage even one glass of wine tonight, that will be a miracle.

On Saturday, I try to tune out of work and just do things with the kids and then on Sunday I'm going to the Food and Wine Awards which will be great as I'm such a foodie.

I'm dying to hook up with Norah Casey because we haven't seen each other in ages. Whenever she comes to my house, she just thinks it's bedlam and can't understand how I can carry on a conversation in the middle of all the madness.

At least we're going to the Four 
Seasons, so that will be a lot more 
civilised.

Herald

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