BROADCASTER Louise McSharry has told of how she admires 2FM pal Lottie Ryan for how she copes with the spotlight, given her famous surname.
The rising radio presenter told the Herald that she does not envy Clontarf native Lottie at times and that there can be added pressure on the 26-year-old daughter of veteran RTE DJ Gerry Ryan, who passed away in 2009.
"It has to be impossible for her, given the name she has, and I don't envy her," Louise said.
"People should not give her too much of a hard time."
And Louise, who took over Dave Fanning's weekday programme from 8 to 10pm earlier this year in station head Dan Healy's schedule overhaul, also defended Lottie's audience ratings in the latest JNLR figures, which were released last week. Lottie's early morning weekend programme currently has an audience of 1,000 people.
"I haven't been speaking to her yet; she's on so early in the morning I'm surprised anyone is awake, so the fact that she has listeners I think is brilliant because it's really hard that early slot," she said.
"I did 7am to 10am for a long time and it takes a while to build up a following.
"I think it's very unfair for people to criticise her at this point, she's only just started and she has a long way to go - and as I said, the available audience is tiny at that time."
The 27-year-old, engaged to her partner Gordon Speeran, said that all anchors at 2FM expected a slump in ratings due to the recent changes in the line-up.
"We had such a major change at the station so we weren't expecting the figures to be great. We are changing target audience," she said.
Louise is currently filling in Ryan Tubridy on his morning slot while the father-of-two is helming Simon Mayo's offering on BBC in the UK.
"I enjoy doing talk shows and I actually don't feel pressure because it's my third time filling in for him so I'm used to it now," Louise said.
"The first 15 minutes fill in for him is scary and there'll be sweat dripping down my face and my glasses fog up, but then I ease into it and enjoy it."
The presenter turned out for the opening night of hit production Avenue Q in Dublin last night.
The red carpet was rolled out at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre for the premiere and also on the guest list was Jennifer Maguire and Nuala Carey. Avenue Q is running for the week.