Friday 18 October 2019

The loves of my life: Yvonne Tiernan, RTE Television presenter

RTE television presenter, Yvonne Tiernan who hosts 'The Couch'.
RTE television presenter, Yvonne Tiernan who hosts 'The Couch'.

Comedian husband Tommy stands out amongst the loves of the presenter of 'The Couch', as does her late father's grace in his final years.

The person

My husband, Tommy [Tiernan, the comedian], who still makes me really laugh out loud

The memory

The moment newborn Isobel, Louis and Theo looked into my eyes for the very first time

The moment of the day

I love the end of the day when I kiss all three kids goodnight, and I can head for the glass of wine

The song

Our first dance as a married couple was to Leonard Cohen's Dance Me To The End Of Love, and Eddi Reader's Bell, Book and Candle

The movie

Recently I saw a film called Timbuktu, and I loved it. I've also always loved Gerard Depardieu

The hero

My dad, Syl, who passed away last year. He had great grace in his last years, after a stroke

The book

Washington Square by Henry James, and The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker

The outfit

Anything that Triona Lillis, stylist and designer from The Tweed Project, puts me in

The accessory

My husband, of course!

The gadget

My baby monitor with a camera; it's genius

The pet hate

People eating with their mouths open, whistling, gulping drinks, cracking knuckles, generally breathing

The friend

I can't pick just one, so Grainne, Una and Ursula

The beauty product

I am a total make-up junkie

The holiday

Our honeymoon on the Orient Express, from Paris to Vienna. Since then, it's Inis Oirr every year

The piece of advice

Paddy Moloney from The Chieftains taught me how to never take no for an answer

The drink

Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella red wine

The celebrity


The hotel

The Covent Garden Hotel, London, and Brooks Hotel in Dublin

The bar

The Groucho Club bar in London, and Buglers in Ballyboden, Co Dublin

The hobby

Horse riding

The part of my body

My red hair, which is now going grey via its own version of blonde

The virtue

My ability to watch 13 episodes of Emmerdale back-to-back

The vice

I tend to use an awful lot of toilet roll

The smell

Jo Loves Pomelo perfume, and the stables

The taste

Salthill-chipper chips with loads of salt and vinegar, eaten on the prom

Part two of 'The Couch', a new six-part series hosted by Yvonne Tiernan, will be exclusively available on the RTE Player tomorrow, October 19, see

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