Thursday 18 July 2019

Tubs is 'truly grateful' for support from fans

Tubs comes to town as part of his 'Tubs on the Wild Atlantic Way tour'

Jessica Farry

Ryan Tubridy said he is truly 'grateful' for the support he receives from fans when he goes on tour with his RTE Radio One show.

The RTE star visited Sligo on Monday and Tuesday, broadcasting his show live from Stephen Street car park on Tuesday morning, day two of his Wild Atlantic Way trip.

Following his show, the broadcaster stayed around for almost 30 minutes meeting locals, signing autographs and taking photos with fans.

He told The Sligo Champion: "I wouldn't let someone go until they've had their picture.

"In Donegal yesterday it started to get into monsoon season and still they waited. It's really gratifying and really heartening.

"I'm thoroughly grateful. If people weren't there, or listening or watching it would be nothing.

"I'm a very lucky person. And I get to meet all these babies. I love babies!"

Tubridy (pictured with Ultan McNasser) and his team began the 'Tubs on the Wild Atlantic Way' tour in Donegal Town on Monday last before moving on to Sligo Town on Tuesday. He went from there to Ennistymon Co Clare on Wednesday before finishing up in Inis Mór.

"I have had a wonderful time," he reflected. "I was foraging for wild plants at one stage yesterday.

"I was learning how dogs mind sheep with Martin and his family from Wild Atlantic Sheepdogs.

"As much as the activities were enjoyable the people who brought us on the various adventures have been really good. We've had fun and we had dinner in Hooked.

"For research purposes we had to have a pint of Guinness in The Snug where I met all the locals and the owners.

"Then The Blind Tiger who were minding us for a cocktail. It's a really funky mix in this town of sort of old man pub and trendy young things pub, funky restaurants, great sense of literature and history.

"We were speaking about Bram Stoker this morning, WB Yeats. I just get the sense that Sligo is thriving."

He's a regular visitor to Sligo for work purposes, most recently visiting Strandhill in 2016.

"We've done shows from Strandhill and Rosses Point but we decided to move into town because sometimes the ton gets bypassed by people like us who decide to blow in and blow out so we decided to blow in and rest our laurels for the day and the night. It's been gorgeous, we have loved it."

Getting out and about, meeting people from around the country is a nice change of scenery for Tubridy.

"I adore meeting people. I was going to say I could talk for Ireland but I nearly do talk for Ireland, for a living. I do really enjoy it, getting out of the cocoon.

"You're talking about Ireland all the time on the radio and to know Ireland you have to visit it, to do it.

"There's a great sense of place. It's the conversations with the people you meet on the street or the tour guides or the journalists from the paper who have things to say. It's intriguing."

His next step after the Sligo visit was a trip to county Clare, where he was hoping he might bump into another important visitor to the county.

"We're off to Clare to see if we can hunt down the President of the United States. Donald Trump is in town so that will be interesting.

"I've got Tubridy's in Doonbeg, there's a pub and I'd like to go and visit my cousins but am I going to be allowed? It's a very interesting time. We're going to Inis Mor then."

Sligo Champion