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Doireann Garrihy: ‘I think I got it into my head that I don’t look good on screen. I’m not maybe as beautiful as Aoibhín is’

Growing up in Castleknock as the youngest of three siblings, the broadcaster quickly learned the value of comedy. She talks about having the craic with her new radio-show co-hosts, the highs and lows of social media and snagging Paul Mescal for her podcast

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Doireann Garrihy, photographed by Barry McCall

Doireann Garrihy, photographed by Barry McCall

Doireann Garrihy, photographed by Barry McCall

Doireann Garrihy, photographed by Barry McCall

Doireann Garrihy, photographed by Barry McCall

Doireann Garrihy, photographed by Barry McCall

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Doireann Garrihy, photographed by Barry McCall

It sounds a little like she was at the centre of a Montrose version of The Bachelorette, I tell Doireann Garrihy. We are, of course, talking about the “secret” pilots that were underway in May to find the broadcaster a co-presenter for 2FM’s breakfast show. It had previously been reported that, in the wake of Eoghan McDermott’s departure from the show, a number of up-and-comers — among them, Marty Guilfoyle, James Kavanagh, Bláthnaid Treacy and Greg O’Shea — were all mooted as potentials.

It was definitely strange, but I kind of embraced it as well,” Garrihy admits. “It’s pretty cool to go, ‘Oooh, they kind of have to work with me.’ Of course, in this industry you’re never sure. What if [executives] turn around and say, ‘Well Doireann, you’re not really gelling with anyone.’

“We didn’t want it to feel like, ‘OK, this is my show and you’re coming on board.’ In the end, it was a tough decision, but ultimately we knew that these guys were the ones for the job.”


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