Tuesday 21 November 2017

Una Healy joins Ray D’Arcy for School Around the Corner Christmas Special

Una Healy and Ben Foden
Una Healy and Ben Foden
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Una Healy is taking a trip down memory lane this Christmas after signing up for a special installment of ‘School Around the Corner’.

The flame-haired Saturday’s star (31) has proved she hasn’t forgotten her humble roots with a journey back to the classroom in the Christmas edition of the programme hosted by Ray D’Arcy.

And the married mum clearly enjoyed the whole experience after taking time out from her busy schedule to head back to her old school Presentation Secondary School in Thurles.

Una said she had “such a great day” filming with old friends for nostalgia-filled programme which will air on RTE at Christmas.

She was greeted at her Alma Mater by hordes of screaming schoolgirls, delighted to have the star in their midst as she took to the stage in the assembly hall.

Down-to-earth Una, who posted saucy pics of herself on Twitter this week, even gave a talk on how to succeed in the tough world of showbiz and said she was inspired by her time in the school to pursue her passion for music.

Despite her sex-kitten image, the other half of rugby star Ben Foden was an excellent pupil and was said to excel both academically and sporty.

The fit star took part in swimming galas for her country and excelled in cross country running while also appearing in a string of school plays as she indulged in her love of performing.

“I made some of the best friends here. The teachers offered great encouragement. I definitely received a great education here,” she said.

Filming all this week, Ray left his usual stomping grounds of Marconi House in Digges Lane where he presents his Today FM morning show to travel around the country filming excerpts for the show which he first presented all those years ago.

D’Arcy originally cut his teeth presenting childrens TV programmes, most noticeably The Den before moving over to the airwaves.

The one-hour special being reprised by Tyrone Productions is expected to be on of the station’s festive highlights.

The School Around The Corner first arrived into Irish homes on RTE radio in 1954, before making the move to RTE television in 1961.

D'Arcy was the fourth presenter to take the reigns of the hit show, which made a household name of original presenter Paddy Crosbie as well as Gerry Ryan and journalist Frank Mitchell.

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