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Marty's Winning/Freezing Streak


Marty Morrissey. Photo: Collins

Marty Morrissey. Photo: Collins

Marty Morrissey. Photo: Collins

RTE's 'Comeback kid' Marty Whelan has been confirmed for another season of Winning Streak.

Despite reports linking his namesake Marty Morrissey with the coveted gig, Whelan is back with a bang after returning for another slot on the game-show.

And the Herald can reveal how the popular presenter (58) has already done a "dry run-through" of Winning Streak this week, ahead of today's press launch at Fallon & Byrne.

"He's delighted to be back - it was never really in doubt," said a source.

GAA commentator Marty Morrissey had set tongues wagging after fronting a technical run-through in Donnybrook studios to explore new games and formats for the show.

But TV star Whelan had always stayed coolly confident that he would return to RTE for another stint on the game show.

"I had no reason to believe it then that I would not be back and nor do I believe it now," he said.

"The figures are fine, the show goes very well and everyone seems very happy with it. So as far as I am concerned, why would they change it?"

Meanwhile, Marty showed he's game for a laugh after taking part in the ice-bucket challenge this week (inset).

The celebrity craze that's sweeping the globe, he followed in the foosteps of stars like Niall Horan and Nicky Byrne after being nominated for the chilly task by Daithi O Se live on stage at the Rose of Tralee.

Along with Marty, he also nominated former Rose presenters Ray D'Arcy and Ryan Tubridy - who also completed the challenge.

The Lyric FM presenter gamely agreed to let fellow presenter Sinead Kennedy toss a bucket of ice-cold water over his head on the grounds of the RTE studios.

He was quick to get his own back - and duly nominated his Winning Streak pals Sinead, Kathryn Thomas and Geri Maye.

Held to raise funds for Motor Neuron Disease in Ireland, he said it was a cause close to his heart, given last year's passing of RTE racing legend Colm Murray.