Monday 18 December 2017

'I won't be joining UTV Ireland, I'm certainly not a relucant pensioner,' says Anne Doyle

Anne Doyle at the launch of a Poem for Ireland a major new RTE campaign which aims to get the public talking about the poems they feel are the most-loved Irish poems of the past 100 years
Anne Doyle at the launch of a Poem for Ireland a major new RTE campaign which aims to get the public talking about the poems they feel are the most-loved Irish poems of the past 100 years
Anchor woman: Anne on her final day in RTE.
Anne Doyle
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Retired newsreader Anne Doyle has no desire to follow in the footsteps of Pat Kenny and join UTV Ireland, saying that she was always "a reluctant broadcaster".

Doyle, who briefly returned to RTE last December to host short-lived quiz show 'Division', is now content making the most of her retirement.

"I am done and dusted with that," she said.

"I met Pat the other day and he is looking and sounding fantastic, but that's his way.

Anne Doyle
Anne Doyle

"I was very glad to have the job I had and I did the best I could. In truth, I was always a reluctant broadcaster but I am definitely not a reluctant pensioner."

The former Nine News host was speaking at the launch of RTE's 'A Poem for Ireland' - a new campaign which aims to unearth the public's most loved poems from the past 100 years.

The public will vote for their favourite poems and once the nominations close a panel of poetry experts - including Doyle and singer Damien Dempsey - will whittle the list down to a top 10.

The campaign will be spearheaded by RTE's popular arts programme 'The Works', and Doyle said she was delighted to be involved. "I am a poetry reader and it has been very good because I am reading a range of poetry I may not have previously."

Asked if she had ever been sent poems of admiration Doyle replied: "I have, but it was back in the dim and distant past and you'd have to pay me a sizeable amount of money to get me talking about them."

Irish Independent

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