Friday 23 August 2019

Online sensation and RTE reporter Teresa Mannion admits she has had the 'craziest week' of her whole career

Teresa Mannion reporting on RTE news during storm Desmond
Teresa Mannion reporting on RTE news during storm Desmond

Ciara Tracey

Online sensation and RTE reporter Teresa Mannion has admitted that she has had the “craziest week” of her whole career.

Last Saturday Ms Mannion warned viewers of RTE’s Six One News: "I cannot repeat the advice often enough from the gardai.

“Don't make unnecessary journeys, don't take risks on treacherous roads. And don't swim in the sea.”

Ms Mannion appeared on tonight’s Late Late Show to talk about her Storm Desmond report from Salthill, Galway, during which she battled brutal wind and rain.

The report and fan-made parodies have been watched and shared across the globe millions of times.

“It just doesn’t stop,” the reporter told the Irish Independent.

“A week later I’m still thinking what is that all about?

“There was a bit of a breeze blowing, I certainly did not know I was going to put the internet on fire. There are other reports I’m far prouder of."

“It was a weather report that needed to be done.”

Teresa told Ryan Tubridy how she wasn't scheduled to work that day and she was planning to buy a Christmas tree and turkey when she got the call.

“They needed coverage and it was getting incredibly bad,” she said.

“Millions have been watching both the live report and the dance remix, I am absolutely gobsmacked.

“There is plenty of staff working with the weather who can do it. I don’t want to make out it was just me, it’s not a big deal.”

Teresa will be spared this weekend’s harsh weather conditions, one week after delivering a live broadcast which went viral worldwide.

A spokeswoman for RTE said: “Teresa is not working this weekend, our Western Correspondent Pat McGrath will be on duty in the west.”

A status orange rain warning is in place for the weekend, with the extra warning that there will be some snow.

River levels are still rising and are expected to peak on Sunday and Monday, according to the OPW.

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