Wednesday 21 August 2019

Big news: RTÉ's Caitríona is mum to a baby girl

Headliner: Caitríona Perry announced the birth of her daughter yesterday. Picture: David Conachy
Headliner: Caitríona Perry announced the birth of her daughter yesterday. Picture: David Conachy
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

RTÉ broadcaster Caitríona Perry has given birth to her first child, a baby girl.

The 38-year-old revealed the happy news on Instagram yesterday, and was immediately followed by hundreds of likes and dozens of messages of congratulations.

"A new chapter begins," she wrote.

"Thanks to all for the well wishes on the birth of my beautiful baby girl and thanks to the midwives, doctors and nurses for the excellent care," she added.

"Thanks too to the thoughtful RTÉ News viewers who have been asking about me and the new arrival."

'Primetime' presenter Miriam O'Callaghan was one of the many people who offered their congratulations.

The former Washington correspondent announced in January that she and her husband Richard were expecting a baby.

"To all the eagle-eyed viewers who have been in touch...you are correct! I am expecting some 'news' of my own later this year," she tweeted at the time.

The announcement comes after a busy year for Ms Perry, when she secured the role of anchor on the 'Six One News' alongside Keelin Shanley in January 2018, taking over from Sharon Ní Bheoláin and Bryan Dobson.

At the time of her appointment, she said: "I think it's a brave and enlightened choice...Particularly given the debate that there has been in Ireland about gender bias and certain other shows, other stations, are very male-dominated."

Ms Perry made headlines around the world after an encounter with US President Donald Trump in June 2017 at the White House.

While Mr Trump was making a phonecall to the new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, he summoned Ms Perry to compliment her on having a "nice smile".

Irish Independent

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