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Brave Sinead defies hubby's fears to go for Everest challenge

TV3's Sinead Desmond is set to defy her husband Davy Ryan's wishes by going ahead with a planned trek to Mount Everest's base camp in November.

The pint-sized TV star (37) has revealed how her hubby of two years has begged her to pull out of the highly dangerous challenge, after she had to be air-lifted off Mont Blanc in France last year.

Sinead -- who previously stared death in the face two summers ago when she had a brain haemorrhage at TV3 studios -- had to be airlifted to the hospital in Chamonix after collapsing due to altitude sickness.

However the ambitious brunette is adamant she will be in tip-top shape in time to complete the climb to Everest's 5,360m base camp next November and says other people's doubts only make her more determined to achieve her goal.

"Davy is begging me not to go and is quite worried about it," Sinead explained. "He and my parents would definitely prefer I don't do it but they know there's no point trying to stop me. Davy goes off and does his sailing trips. As far as I'm concerned you can't spend your whole life sitting at home worrying about these things.

"Of course there are risks involved but I'll have completed intensive training by then. I just hope I can make it this time and I don't have any problems with the altitude as we'll be going even higher.

"It's a terrifying feeling because you can't get enough air into your lungs.

"I'll be terribly disappointed if I can't as I've signed up to do it for Debra Ireland," she added.

Sinead is aiming to raise awareness of Epidermolysis Bullosa, otherwise known as the Butterfly condition.

The Ireland AM presenter, who wed her Cork born husband at a glitzy ceremony in the South of France in 2008, says the loved up couple have put the prospect of having children on the long finger until after she has completed her Everest challenge.

Sinead admits however that recent news of her TV3 colleague Colette Fitzpatrick's pregnancy is starting to make her broody.

"It's definitely something we want for ourselves down the line and we have discussed having kids and starting a family so, God willing, it will happen.

"Obviously I'm not going to be getting pregnant before Everest as I certainly don't want to be trekking up a mountain in that condition," she laughed.

Prior to that, the couple will be taking part in this year's Cannonball challenge, after being offered use of an Audi R8, and they are also hoping to fit in an exotic trip to the South Pacific before the end of the year.