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Song about moving Sharon to 9 o'clock is You Tube hit

She's the undisputed queen of the RTE newsroom -- and now she's been immortalised in song.

A ballad praising Six One newsreader Sharon Ni Bheolain has become a YouTube hit, but its lyrics are sure to raise eyebrows in the Montrose newsroom.

The Ballad of Sharon Ni Bheolain pays tribute to the blonde gaelgeoir, but also suggests that it is time she took the 9 o'clock anchorwoman crown from veteran Anne Doyle.

Songwriter Katie Holly certainly seems to think so. While describing Anne Doyle as "a fine woman for her age", the song urges the Wexford native to "vacate her throne" in favour of her younger colleague.

The Herald can reveal the Cork singer-songwriter's catchy song has attracted 2,339 views since it was uploaded on the video website on January 17.

The ballad, which celebrates the life and career of the RTE Six-One news co-anchor, describes Sharon as "the real sex-kitten of the news team".

And according to the song's lyrics: "When she's on she makes the ISEQ index sound erotic and a strike in Galway seems exotic.

"There's a rumour going around that Anne Doyle should hand over her crown," it concludes.

A host of Sharon's other colleagues also get a mention.

The satirical lyrics describe how her co-anchor Bryan Dobson and the now-retired Ken Hammond "wrestle for her attention". Fellow news-anchor Anne Cassin, meanwhile, got the rough end of the deal, being referred to as "the poor man's Sharon Ni Bheolain".

A compilation of images, which includes Sharon reading the news sporting a variety of different outfits and hairstyles, was put together by Evelyn Quinlan to accompany the ballad.

Sharon declined to comment on the Youtube video, however insiders claim she's flattered by it. "Sharon is definitely aware of the song and she thinks it's very amusing and very flattering. How could she not?" they said.

"Both she and Anne have had a laugh over it. It hasn't caused any tension between them.

In more good news for the 38-year-old news-anchor, she was last week voted Ireland's Sexiest Woman.

Ni Bheolain, who has been working as co-anchor with Bryan Dobson since 2005, saw off strong competition.

"Genuinely, I am embarrassed. The whole thing is awkward for me. I am a leggings and Ugg boots kind of girl," Sharon said of the news.

"Anyone who took the time to vote for me -- I am very flattered and grateful that they did," she added.


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