Tuesday 23 April 2019

Marty's off to Malmo and he fancies our chances

He's off to Malmo for another year at the Eurovision and this time Marty Whelan will enjoy it because we actually stand a chance.

He believes this could be our year, thanks to singer-songwriter Ryan Dolan.

Ireland has had a run of poor results at the long-running competition, with Jedward placing only 19th last year in Baku, Azerbaijan.

"I'm going for the nation and it'll be fantastic this year, because we have a good guy representing us," Marty said.

"I'm really looking forward to it and it should be an easy trip because he's actually very good. He can sing."

The father of two has enjoyed a colourful career at RTÉ down through the decades.

Now at the helm of Winning Streak and with a weekday morning slot on Lyric FM, Carlow-born Marty is no stranger to setbacks.

He was replaced by Ryan Tubridy as master of ceremonies at the Rose of Tralee in 2003 and his RTÉ 2fm radio show, Marty in the Morning, was dropped in 2007.

But the 56-year-old presenter says he'll continue working well into his 70s and if he could see one programme return, it would be his axed afternoon programme with pal Mary Kennedy, Open House.

"It was one of the happiest times of my career, working with Mary."

Irish Independent

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