Wednesday 25 April 2018

'I'd be brushing rubbish at the side of the road if I had to' - Dáithí Ó Sé on the fickle world of fame

Dáithí O Sé: When is a celebration of Irish women ever out of date. The answer is never. Photo: Fran Veale
Dáithí O Sé: When is a celebration of Irish women ever out of date. The answer is never. Photo: Fran Veale
Daithi O Se and Rita Talty on their wedding day in 2012
Dáithí Ó Sé tries on a Samba outfit during the festival Photo: Frank McGrath
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Dáithí Ó Sé might be one of the most popular presenters on Irish television, but he doesn't take his success for granted.

The RTE star (41) said in a new interview that he would "be up brushing rubbish at the side of the road" if his presenting career goes belly up - but the end of Daithi's reign on afternoon programming doesn't look set to end anytime soon.

Dáithí Ó Sé tries on a Samba outfit during the festival Photo: Frank McGrath
Dáithí Ó Sé tries on a Samba outfit during the festival Photo: Frank McGrath

The father-of-one hosts Today with Maura Derrane, which he believes will start airing five days a week due to its consistent popularity. The Today show format was launched in 2012 as part of RTE's efforts to move productions outside of its Dublin studio in Donnybrook.

"You're inside people's sitting rooms five nights a week so they seem to like us, so we'll keep going," he told the Irish Daily Mirror.

Dáithí, who has been hosting the Rose of Tralee pageant for the last eight years, is based in Galway with his wife Rita Talty, a former New Jersey Rose, and their three-year-old son Micheal.

And he has been open about his family life and their family decision that Rita would stay at home to raise their son.

Daithi O Se and Rita Talty on their wedding day in 2012
Daithi O Se and Rita Talty on their wedding day in 2012

"Before Mícheál came, we talk about what was going to be best for him. I think stay at home mums have to answer questions they never had to answer before. It's very unfair," he told VIP Magazine in August. "To be honest, the way things are going, I'd be a mad man to give it up. It'll probably give me up at some stage and then we'll sit down and figure it out again."

Ó Sé is clearly basking in fatherhood, but said they will be keeping their family small so as not to upset the balance with their son, whom Dáithí gushes over at every opportunity.

"We're doing very well with the one we have at the moment. We're happy out and we'd be afraid if we went again that we'd upset the whole thing," he added.

"It's a great stage. He's having conversations with us now and some of the stuff he comes out with is unbelievable. He didn't have the terrible twos and he's halfway through the threes, so hopefully we've escaped that. He's a very easygoing, independent little fella."

And unsurprisingly, family comes first for the tv star, who has no qualms about turning down work in order to see his little boy grow up firsthand.

"I prefer to spend time at home with Micheal and Rita. I'm on the road a good bit, but there are days that work comes up that I don't take. There's no point in saving money for his college fund in 15 years passes by and I've missed him growing up. Family comes before career. you have to provide, but there is a cut-off point."

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