Tuesday 23 July 2019

Tubs 'fired up' for comeback after Africa

EYE-OPENER: Ryan Tubridy
EYE-OPENER: Ryan Tubridy

Claire McCormack

Every year on August 10 Ryan Tubridy finds himself saying "I'm ready to put the suit back on".

After returning from a "mind altering" humanitarian trip to Ethiopia with GOAL, the broadcaster says he is "fired up" for his RTE Radio 1 homecoming.

He is also ready to face "civil and friendly" competition from Ray D'Arcy when his upcoming Saturday night show goes head to head with the Late Late Show.

"I've had one of the most eye-opening weeks of my life. I have seen things and places that I never expected and it's been a revelation and it puts things in perspective," he said.

"You hear on the news and you read in newspapers about refugee camps and it's almost abstract until you drive up the mud track into the compound and see whole families living here that have escaped war," he said.

Over the past week the radio and television presenter has spent time with women and children living on the streets in rural communities who are taking brave steps to change their lives.

It was the RTE star's first trip to Africa with aid agency GOAL.

He visited rural community and street kid programmes in Gambella, Addis Ababa and Awassa.

He said he hopes to make similar trips in the future.

Sunday Independent

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