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Marty Whelan: 'We're 'touchy feely' at home

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1/7/14 Marty Whelan and wife Maria at the opening night of Arthur Miller's The Price at the Gate Theatre in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

1/7/14 Marty Whelan and wife Maria at the opening night of Arthur Miller's The Price at the Gate Theatre in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

1/7/14 Marty Whelan and wife Maria at the opening night of Arthur Miller's The Price at the Gate Theatre in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

MARTY Whelan is an old softie at heart. The Lyric FM presenter said that he and his wife Maria are "touchy feely" and have vowed never to go to bed on an argument.

Marty said that they are a united couple and are very close to their children Jessica (24) and Thomas (21).

"We are very touchy feely, and as a family we are also very like that," Marty said.

"We try not to go to bed on a row. It's a kiss hello and a kiss goodbye with all of us. My parents did it with me and I instinctively did it with Maria and the children.

"We can disagree vociferously, but I wouldn't call it a row. Like everybody, we have disagreements, but they would be few and far between. I think it's because we're together so long.

"We met when we were teenagers and I think you build up as time goes, and you also learn instinctively when someone is not in good form and you back off and give them space."

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Marty believes his two children are his "greatest achievement".

His daughter Jessica has just qualified as a Primary school teacher and Tom is studying marketing and event management. And although he admits his children often think he's crazy, they fully support his career choice.

"They think I'm a bit of a loo-laa. When they were small I probably was silly because I wanted them to have happiness and jollity in their lives. But they would be very respectful of where we are in having kept this business alive for as long as we have. Because I have been around for quite a while, you know? It's a long career.

"Family is everything. They are still living at home - thank God - and I don't ever want them to leave. We're very good as a group, we have good craic and we chat about everything. Talking has got us through the best of times and the worst."

The presenter said he has absolutely no regrets about opting for a hair transplant recently and said he has never felt better about himself.

"I was devastated when I started losing my hair in my 40s. If you looked at my pictures from my early 2FM days, it's just hilarious. I looked like a Mexican that had just come over the border illegally into Texas. I have this huge black moustache and this monstrous mop of black hair."

Marty said that he is looking forward to Christmas and even though Winning Streak will be taking a break, he'll return again with his co-host Sinead Kennedy.

"Winning Streak is ending and then there's a new one coming on for a period of time, and then Sinead and I are back again. We knew this was happening, so that's fine. I'm able to live with that," he said.

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