Monday 10 December 2018

'I just couldn't hack rejection - Aoibhin's more resilient than me' says Doireann Garrihy on ditching acting for radio

Doireann Garrihy.
Doireann Garrihy.
Sean O'Grady

Sean O'Grady

She's fast becoming one of the most in-demand TV presenters, but Doireann Garrihy had dreams of becoming an actor.

Until, that is, she started going for auditions.

The Dubliner (26), who has been named co-host of the revamped Podge and Rodge Show, originally thought acting was for her.

However, the rigours of auditioning and what she calls the brutality of rejection proved too much.

Radio presenter Doireann Garrihy Photo: Brian McEvoy
Radio presenter Doireann Garrihy Photo: Brian McEvoy

"I knew I always wanted to be an actor or a presenter, and did drama at college," she said.

"I gave acting a bash for four or five months, but just didn't have the patience for the rejection.

L-R Sisters Doireann Garrihy, Aoibhinn Garrihy and Ailbhe Garrihy Photo: Brian McEvoy
L-R Sisters Doireann Garrihy, Aoibhinn Garrihy and Ailbhe Garrihy Photo: Brian McEvoy

"I was like, 'Right, I need a plan B', so I did a course in radio."

Doireann's sister, Aoibhin, was already a success on Fair City when the Spin presenter was at college toying with the idea of following in her footsteps.

Brendan Courtney, Anna Geary, Dermot Bannon, (front) Doireann Garrihy, Jenny Dixon and Kathryn Thomas at the RTÉ New Season Launch 2018. Picture: Andres Poveda
Brendan Courtney, Anna Geary, Dermot Bannon, (front) Doireann Garrihy, Jenny Dixon and Kathryn Thomas at the RTÉ New Season Launch 2018. Picture: Andres Poveda

"Aoibhin's more resilient than me. She'd have a thicker skin than I would," said Doireann.

"When it comes to rejection, she's much better at picking herself up.

"If I get rejected for an acting role, I'm like, 'Oh, God, I must be terrible'.

"I don't think anything can actually prepare you for auditions.

"You might have done three in one week and it's a 'No' for every one."

Doireann is looking forward to joining trouble- makers Podge and Rodge in Ballydung Manor when the chat show returns to our screens later this year as part of RTE's autumn schedule.

The show's former host Lucy Kennedy has joked that Doireann may need counselling afterwards.

However, the new host said: "This one I was like, 'This has to happen'. We just got on so great. I forgot it was a screen test, I just had the craic with the lads."

Doireann's mother is coming to grips with the raunchy humour the brothers have.

"She was talking herself into being able to deal with it," said Doireann.

"She was saying, 'Ah, sure, this is the way the world is going. If people don't get the joke it's fine'."

The former Six O'Clock Show presenter will have some control over the running of the show.

"I'm delighted I'm going to be involved in the weekly production meetings," she said.

"It's great to know I can give my two cents on what will work or won't work.

"We can plan for possible guests or features. I love to be involved and have a bit of control."

Doireann's comedy sketch show Doireann Project, in which she impersonates famous Irish people and characters, is back on RTE Player.

Some episodes will be shown on RTE2 before Christmas.

Read more: RTE's new schedule - Podge & Rodge return, Bertie Ahern does Who Do You Think You Are, and the Late Late goes to London

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