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No more toast before Rose festival – Daithi


Daithi O Se

Daithi O Se

Daithi O Se

With less than three weeks to go before the annual Rose of Tralee, this year's hopefuls are putting the finishing touches to their regime.

But it is not just the girls who are getting camera-ready.

Rose of Tralee host Daithi O Se  is counting the calories and pounding the pavement as he prepares for his fourth year at its helm.

"I'm on a strict diet now," he said. "The main one is no bread. I love bread – I have toast before I go to bed – so I have cut that all out."

And the Kerry native says that he has a weakness for French baguettes.

"I'd eat them all day. I just love them," he said.

The 37-year-old Gaelgoir has also upped his exercise regime as he looks to sporting pals for their top tips.

"I was on to former Kerry manager Jack O'Shea and he advised me about how to lose a couple of pounds.

"He said go for a long walk the first night and the second night, go for a very short brisk walk.

"Then he said get the bike out for a long cycle and a short very hard cycle," he added. "It's as easy as that."



Daithi has been hosting the annual Kerry-based pageant since 2010, but it was in 2008 that his work with the festival really paid off when he met his now-wife.

American Rita appeared as a contestant on the show and they began dating several months later, after Daithi wooed her over Facebook.

The pair now live in Salthill in Galway, but returned to New Jersey earlier this summer to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

Rita spent six weeks visiting family and friends in the US while her hubby joined her for two weeks before heading to Australia to film a documentary for RTE.

"We're one year married and it went really fast; she's still there anyway," he said.

As his fourth time at the helm of the festival approaches, Daithi – who returns for a second season of afternoon show Today in October – says that he will never grow bored of the gig.

"I would of course like to do it again," he said.

"I will do it for as long as they let me do it; it's a great gig and they're a great association."