Monday 21 May 2018

'Because Daddy died in 2002, it’s even more poignant' - RTE newsreader Eileen Dunne on her wedding day photo

RTE newsreader Eileen Dunne with her late father Mick Dunne on her wedding day.
RTE newsreader Eileen Dunne with her late father Mick Dunne on her wedding day.
Eileen Dunne on RTE News
Newsreader Eileen Dunne behind her new desk. Photo: Damien Eagers
Eileen Dunne
Eileen Dunne
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Geraldine Gittens

“I suppose most young girls dream about their father walking them up the aisle.”

As a newsreader for RTE, Eileen Dunne is a household name in Ireland. Still, little is known about her.

Here, she describes her favourite photo: the one that captures the moment her father, the late RTE sports broadcaster Mick Dunne, walked her up the aisle 24 years ago.

“For many that dream is never realised whether because their father was never a presence in their lives, had been but disappeared, or had passed away by the time the big day came,” she tells independent.ie.

“Luckily for me I got to have my dad walk me up the aisle of St John the Baptist Church, Clontarf, in August 1993.”

“I think this photo captures the moment, and because Daddy died in 2002, it’s even more poignant. I would never want to lose it."

Eileen met her actor husband Macdara Ó Fátharta, an actor, through a mutual friend. On their wedding day, she walked up the aisle to the beat of the Artane Boys’ Band as they played Love Changes Everything.

“It was a lovely moment ... we had had great fun at home with Mom and my sisters and my best friend Celine ... then off we went in a lovely BMW driven by my good pal Donal Byrne.”

Eileen Dunne with RTE newsroom colleague Brian Dobson last year
Eileen Dunne with RTE newsroom colleague Brian Dobson last year

“Some of the locals had gathered outside the church so there were plenty of photos and banter before we went in, and then to the strains of Love Changes Everything played by the Artane Boys’ Band, up we went!”

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“I took off at a gallop apparently, but it is very emotional when you see all those faces gathered just for you, and my future hubby at the top of the church, smiling nervously.”

Every day this week, an Irish celebrity will share the story behind their most precious photo.

Colm Murray , Eileen Dunne and Una O' Hagan rehearse in the new RTE news studio in February 2009
Colm Murray , Eileen Dunne and Una O' Hagan rehearse in the new RTE news studio in February 2009

A recent survey by Fujifilm Imagine showed 80pc of Irish people have lost photos they've taken and stored digitally, while 42pc lost photo memories due to corruption or damage to their digital device. Some 38pc of Irish people changed or lost their phone or PC without saving or printing their photos, and 32pc deleted photos by accident. 

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