Wednesday 17 January 2018

Finucane to break silence over first marriage split

NIAMH HORAN Entertainment News Reporter

MARIAN Finucane will speak out for the first time about the breakdown of her first marriage in an interview with Mike Murphy to be aired this week.

The staunchly private presenter, in her first sit-down television interview to date, will describe how her first marriage fell apart because, she says, she and her husband "were both too young".

The RTE presenter agreed to the sit-down chat as part of broadcaster Mike Murphy's new television series entitled The Big Interview.

And as a television source explains, the interview is one of her most personal to date:

"Not many people know that Marian was married before so they'll be very surprised to hear about that.

"She speaks very candidly in the interview about the reasons for the split and describes how they were both simply too young for marriage at the time. The source continued: "She also talks about her friendship with Nuala O Faolain, that famous interview and how she heard the news of her passing.

"And she opens up about the robbery of her home and the attack on her son."

Finucane has revealed that a horrific attack on her son Jack in 2007 during a burglary at the family home in Co Kildare undermined her self-confidence and her sense of comfort in her own home.

Her skill as an interviewer has won her numerous awards but the 61-year-old normally keeps a firm lid on her personal life.

Murphy will also take the opportunity to probe the woman behind the broadcast persona, who has a son and daughter with partner John Clarke.

However, the death of her eight-year-old daughter, Sinead, from leukaemia in 1990 is still so heartbreaking the presenter says she cannot talk about it.

Finucane spends a lot of time in South Africa's East Cape for charity work with Friends In Ireland.

She set up the foundation with her partner to combat the spread of HIV in the country. The interview with Marian Finucane will be screened at 10.15pm this Thursday.

Later in this series, Murphy will meet, among others, economist David McWilliams, former boxing champion Barry McGuigan and ex-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

Sunday Independent

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