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Country music star Lisa McHugh is pictured with presenter Clodagh Higgins at the launch of the Irish TV autumn schedule in Dublin

Country music star Lisa McHugh is pictured with presenter Clodagh Higgins at the launch of the Irish TV autumn schedule in Dublin

Country music star Lisa McHugh is pictured with presenter Clodagh Higgins at the launch of the Irish TV autumn schedule in Dublin

she's the envy of girls the world over and now Clodagh Higgins has added another string to her bow.

The wife of One Direction's tour manager, Clodagh has just landed her first presenting gig.

The Tyrone native will be touring her native Ulster to report on local news for 24-hour channel, Irish TV.

Her show is called Out and About in Ulster where Clodagh will be meeting local people and sharing their stories on the multi-platform channel.

Clodagh is the envy of millions of girls around the world as she has got to know the One Direction boys through her husband Paul Higgin's job as tour manager.

And she insisted the boys are not splitting up anytime soon, telling the Herald: "I'm not a spokesperson for them or anything but as far as I know, they're not splitting up."

And with her hubby being so close to 1D, a congratulatory tweet from the biggest boy band in the world is a given.

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When the station launched Liam Payne tweeted to congratulate her on the new job saying,

"Best of luck tonight @clodaghanne and congratulations on your new job, hope it all goes well.

Clodagh will be a local news reporter for the channel that has a crew of three reporters in each county with each one receiving a half-hour programme each week. "It's a great platform for local businesses and everyone there seems to have embraced it," she said. "For me it's all about the people I get to meet, it's nice to be out and about."

While she's been in front of the camera for a few months now, Clodagh admits she's still a little camera shy saying, "it's kind of daunting but thankfully there's very good editors on the show, so I'm lucky".

Being a mum-of-three and having her hubby on tour with the biggest boy band in the world means Clodagh has to juggle a lot.

"I have a really good support network at home which is great. It can be hard but like any other working mum you just have to get on with it," she said.

New programmes on the channel include country music star Lisa McHugh taking country music legends like Daniel O'Donnell and Nathan Carter out of their comfort zones to learn a new set of skills and Bear Grylls-style chef Paul Treyvaud cooking up a storm in the fields and mountains of Kerry as well as his kitchen.

Irish TV are expanding to California, New York, Cleveland and Chicago in the coming months and Clodagh feels that Irish people abroad will love the channel.

"I lived away for ten years and I would've loved a show like this," she said. "It makes you feel like you're at home while you're in your own living room."

hnews@herald.ie


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