TV3's Alan reveals cancer scare
TV3 star Alan Hughes has revealed he is facing a cancer scare -- only weeks after he was dealt the crushing blow that his sister's cancer had returned.
The popular television presenter was speaking only days before he is due to undergo tests to ensure a stomach complaint is not linked to what doctors have identified as pre-cancerous cells.
The star of morning TV was given the news following what he has described as "the worst year of my life", during which he split from his long-term partner, lost €200,000 on the stock market and his sister Doreen was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Speaking about the health scare, Hughes explained: "I have stomach problems so I'm going in next Friday for an endoscopy to see if everything's ok. When that [cancer] runs in your family you start panicking. Obviously I'm worried," he continued. "When I went for my last test I was told that there were pre-cancerous [cells] that obviously needed to be looked after so now I have to go in and follow it up. So on Friday morning I'll be in Bon Secours getting loads of tests.
"They want to make sure it's not serious."
Speaking about his partner of 15 years, producer Karl Broderick, the 41-year-old admitted: "I'd get back with him in the morning if I could."
The pair -- who wrote the Eurovision song Love, performed by Athlone siblings Donna and Joe -- met while working in theatre in Dublin.
They set up a production company together, called Anthem Productions, and had just moved into a luxury €1m mansion in Malahide when their relationship ended.
Now Alan explains how his love split, coupled with his huge financial woes, has left him a world away from the bubbly public image he presents on television.
"I was going home to an empty house and I had no one to share it with, my personal life was crumbling around me. You obviously just get depressed and wonder when all [the problems] are going to end."
Hughes, who switches off from his personal turmoil when the red studio light comes on, has been nominated for the 'Favourite Male TV Presenter' prize at this year's Walkers Sensations TV Now Awards; while his show Ireland AM is a contender for 'Favourite Irish TV Show' category.