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Daithi's trip to the altar delayed by US red tape

RTE presenter Daithi O Se and his bride-to-be have been hit with a bureaucratic nightmare ahead of the nuptials this summer.

THE Herald can reveal how the well-known Kerryman and his partner, Rita Talty (27), have had no shortage of setbacks when it comes to filling out all the paperwork before walking down the aisle in Kerry on July 12.

The Daily Show frontman explained how the couple have been plagued with problems ahead of their wedding in six weeks' time -- and it was all down to the fact that Rita was born in New Jersey.

"Beacause she was born outside Ireland, she needed to get an Apostille Stamp on her Birth Cert, which is something we found out while planning the wedding.

"The American embassy in Dublin couldn't do it for her. nor could our own Government, so we had to apply over in America. We were referred to this place in Texas, and then they sent us to another place. The whole thing was going on for about two months; it was getting crazy, but thank God we have got it all sorted now.

"There's a reason that most people only get married once!"

And the man once deemed Ireland's most eligible bachelor insists that he has "no nerves" about the prospect of tying the knot at a ceremony in St Mary's Church in Dingle. "I'm just looking forward to it now. I'm sure it will fly in and we have everything done now."

They will be joined by about 250 of their nearest and dearest, including his Daily Show co-presenter Claire Byrne (below), with a raucous reception afterwards at the Carlton Hotel.

"My only hope is that we get good weather on the day; after 12 years presenting the weather for TG4, I think it's the least I'm owed," Daithi (35) quipped.

Before then, he's off to America next month as he and Rita tie up some loose ends over in New Jersey, with plans to come back to the eagerly awaited Westlife concert in Croke Park.

He will also be stepping into Marty Whelan's shoes this Saturday to take over his stint on Winning Streak, because the former is reporting on Jedward's antics in Azerbaijan.

Daithi, who'll be presenting the Rose of Tralee in August, is also waiting to hear about RTE's plans for the autumn amid speculation of a shake-up. "We didn't find out about the show last year until June, so I'm sure it will be same thing this time around," he said.