BROADCASTER Joe Duffy is worried he could lose a son to Oz.
Ronan Duffy jetted to Australia earlier this summer for a work placement in a Sydney school. Now the Liveline host said the 18-year-old is so taken with his new life Down Under he may stay there.
"I am seriously worried Ronan won't come back. He's loving Australia and is working hard.
"The strong work ethos in Australia seems to suit him," Joe told the Herald.
The RTE personality is father to triplets who have just received their Leaving Cert results. The trip Down Under is the first time his son has been parted from his fellow siblings, Sean and Ellen.
Joe joked that he would jump on a plane to Australia himself to bring Ronan back, if required.
"Even if it just meant his mother could see him for a few days," he said.
However, his son will have to return to take up a place in Trinity, where himself and Sean will study.
Meanwhile, Ellen will train to become a teacher at St Patrick's College.
His children's third level studies are a point of pride for Joe, who graduated from Trinity himself, and stressed the importance of education in his 2011 memoir Just Joe.
Although the Clontarf man misses his son, he joked that Ronan only had to listen in to Liveline on the web to hear dad's voice.
Earlier this week, Joe travelled to Windsor in the UK for the funeral of his uncle Brendan Duffy (79).