Saturday 21 July 2018

RTE star Eoghan McDermott praises doctor girlfriend Aoife Melia: 'I almost feel like I've got an inferiority complex'

Eoghan McDermott and girlfriend Aoife Melia for VIP Magazine. Picture: Dara Munnis/VIP Magazine
Eoghan McDermott and girlfriend Aoife Melia for VIP Magazine. Picture: Dara Munnis/VIP Magazine
Eoghan McDermott and girlfriend Aoife Melia for VIP Magazine. Picture: Dara Munnis/VIP Magazine
Eoghan McDermott and girlfriend Aoife Melia for VIP Magazine. Picture: Dara Munnis/VIP Magazine
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

RTE presenter Eoghan McDermott has opened up about rekindling his relationship with college girlfriend Aoife Melia.

The 2fm DJ (34) first dated the doctor back in their UCD days before splitting up to pursue their own paths in different cities: she as a medicine student in Glasgow and he as a presenter on XFM in London.

Eoghan McDermott and girlfriend Aoife Melia for VIP Magazine. Picture: Dara Munnis/VIP Magazine
Eoghan McDermott and girlfriend Aoife Melia for VIP Magazine. Picture: Dara Munnis/VIP Magazine

"Well...we met in UCD and we went out for four years. I was running the dance society and she was studying radiology. When she finished her course, she knew she wanted to be a doctor and so she applied for medicine as a postgrad in a few places, but she got offered a free scholarship in Glasgow," he tells the new issue of VIP Magazine.

"So, she moved there and I moved to London. We tried for a little while but it just didn't work and we didn't talk after that. We were on and off for awhile but that wasn't healthy so we just stopped speaking. She met somebody else, I met somebody else and we moved on. But then she moved home and we went for lunch one day and that was it."

Since reuniting last year, they are sewn at the hip and are sharing a home in Goatsdown, south county Dublin, which McDermott purchased in 2016. And he said it's their differences that have proven to be one of their strongest attributes as a couple, namely their contrasting careers.

"It just feels very easy now. We're living together and everyone keeps asking, 'oh how's that' expecting there to be some teething problems, but it's lovely. It's going very smoothly," he said.

Eoghan McDermott and girlfriend Aoife Melia for VIP Magazine. Picture: Dara Munnis/VIP Magazine
Eoghan McDermott and girlfriend Aoife Melia for VIP Magazine. Picture: Dara Munnis/VIP Magazine

"She gives me huge, huge perspective. What she does in a day and sees in a day - it would affect a lay person for life. I remember her telling me about one night in particular when a patient's chest was sliced open and his heart was physically removed to be massaged. She was upset for a month or so after seeing that, but then she put it to bed and moved on. That kind of thing would affect me hugely."

Eoghan had nothing but praise for his other half, adding that he's happy to provide some "light relief" for her after a day working with patients in need.

"She's beautiful and smart and strong and she's just a very warm person toio. I almost feel like I've got an inferiority complex sometimes," he gushed. "But at the same time, she doesn't know the world I'm in - the media and entertainment world - so she gets a great kick out of what I do. She loves it. I feel great about being able to give her that light relief after all the heavy stuff she sees."

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