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Age is just a number so I'd love a big 60th bash – Mary


 Mary Kennedy. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Mary Kennedy. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Mary Kennedy. Photo: Brian McEvoy

FUN-loving RTE's Mary Kennedy has revealed how she'd love a big bash for her 60th birthday.

Far from shirking away from turning another year older, the elegant Nationwide presenter is relishing the prospect of a good old knees-up.

"I love parties and celebrations, I love organising them for other people but someone else has to organise this one," she said.

"I'd like to get away with the kids. We've had this tradition for a long time, until Lucy went to Korea, where myself and the four kids would go away for a weekend every year and I want to do that again this year."

The busy mum-of-four also said that she has no problem with getting older as you "just have to go with it".

"Of course, sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself and think – 'Jeez, the state of her' but there's nothing you can do. Provided you've kept yourself in good health, fit and have an open mind, age is just a number. You can't give into the creaky knees," she said.

And Mary, who's up for a Peter Mark Style Award this Friday, said she has no regrets about how she has lived her life and would never go back in time.


"I'm looking forward to my 60's and the lack of pressure that comes with that. I wouldn't like to be another age and sure, what's the alternative?"

One of RTE's best-known faces, having worked with the broadcaster since 1978, her Nationwide co-star Michael Ryan retired in 2012 after 45 years with RTE.

The pair are still in contact and having seen how much he enjoyed his retirement, she told the RTE Guide how her own thoughts turned to when she might hang up her microphone.

"I'd miss Nationwide and the contact with people but I'd find another way of doing it," she said.

She sympathises with Sharon Ni Bheolain, who objected to being photographed walking her dog while dressed casually.

Describing Sharon as a "very private person", Mary said she dresses the same when she's not working.

"For people to make an issue out of it was completely vacuous and would make you think, 'Would you ever get a life,'" she said.