Sunday 25 February 2018

‘The Six One has been enjoyable but I'm ready for something new’ - Sharon Ni Bheolain

Sharon Ni Bheolain
Sharon Ni Bheolain
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

AFTER eight years fronting the Six One news Sharon Ni Bheolain has admitted she is ready for something new.

The 42-year-old has become a household name as co-anchor on the programme which attracts massive audiences for RTE.

“It’s been a very enjoyable experience, but I’m ready for something new,” she said.

However, she doesn’t seem to have figured out yet what she would like to do next. “I’m not terribly ambitious; I think that’s probably my problem,” she said.

And while she may be one of the most famous faces on Irish television, the star revealed she doesn’t watch it.

 “I don’t watch TV. There’s nothing on that would command my attention,” she said.

In the evenings, after homework has been checked, the newsreader settles down with a book and the radio on.

Sharon revealed that she is a big fan of John Creedon’s show — which is broadcast on RTE Radio One.

She said sometimes she’ll text him in a request signed Sharon or Shazza.

“I get a little giggle then when he reads it,” she said.

“I could listen to the radio all day and all night. That’s my constant companion; never television,” the star said.

The mum-of-one has has also opened up about the kind of wisdom she hopes to pass on to her 11-year-old daughter Faye.

“I would like her to travel the world. I’m only doing my travelling now,” said Sharon.

“I was far too earnest as a kid. I took out my first mortgage before I even had a car. I would like her to not settle down until she was well into her 30s. I’d like her to be more confident than I was, to question herself a little bit less than I probably did.

“I’d like her to be less impressionable, less focused on doing what she thought was the right thing to do because that’s what society dictated.

“I’d like her to be happy to stand on her own two feet, which I think she will be,” she said.

Sharon met her partner through her involvement with animal welfare. Over the years the newsreader has helped to rescue and find homes for almost 100 dogs.

“I’ve known Finbarr for a long time. He was a consultant with the ISPCA,” she told the RTE Guide.

However, Sharon said that they don’t live together.

“I’m set in my ways and I wouldn’t like to live with anyone else but Faye. Kids should have as little upheaval as possible in their lives.

“We have a lovely life for ourselves here. I’d like to keep it just like that,” the newsreader, who is divorced, explained.

fdillion@herald.ie

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