Monday 19 February 2018

'I never asked out a Rose before Rita' - Dáithí Ó Sé reminisces about meeting his wife at the Rose of Tralee

Dáithí Ó Sé and wife Rita Talty
Dáithí Ó Sé and wife Rita Talty
Daithi O Se
Daithi O'Se at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Dáithí Ó Sé said he has never been asked out by a Rose, and said he only ever had eyes for one contestant - his wife Rita Talty.

The presenter (41) said there was instant attraction when he met the New Jersey Rose Rita in 2012, although he said their romance was a "slow-burn".

A romantic trip for Daithi and Rita.
A romantic trip for Daithi and Rita.

Speaking to The Irish Daily Mail, Dáithí said: "There was an instant attraction but it was a slow burn and we became great friends before anything happened. I never got asked out either as the Roses see me as an older brother. I'm a safe hands type of person. I don't think at 41 they'd have any interest."

Dáithí, who has a son with Rita, Micheal Og, said he he is a bit of a flirt, but now that he's a married man it's harmless.

Daithi O'Se and his wife Rita Talty. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Daithi O'Se and his wife Rita Talty. Photo: Gerry Mooney

"I'm still a flirt.. Flirting is harmless once you're doing it in front of everyone. You can't change who you are because you are married. It's who I am and there's no harm meant," he said.

Meanwhile, the RTE presenter recently stood up for stay-at-home mums and said the criticism they sometimes receive is "unfair."

Speaking to VIP magazine, Dáithí said: "Before Mícheál came, we talk about what was going to be best for him. I think stay at home mums have to answer questions they never had to answer before. It's very unfair," he told the magazine.

"To be honest, the way things are going, I'd be a mad man to give it up. It'll probably give me up at some stage and then we'll sit down and figure it out again."

First time parents Daithi and Rita today launched Toddlebox, an exciting new toddler nutrition initiative with the help of expert dietitian Sarah Keogh
First time parents Daithi and Rita today launched Toddlebox, an exciting new toddler nutrition initiative with the help of expert dietitian Sarah Keogh

Ó Sé is clearly basking in fatherhood, but said they will be keeping their family small so as not to upset the balance with their son, whom Dáithí gushes over at every opportunity.

"We're doing very well with the one we have at the moment. We're happy out and we'd be afraid if we went again that we'd upset the whole thing," he added.

Jersey Shore: Rita Talty will be heading to the US with baby Michael Og while Daithi O Se stays in Ireland.
Jersey Shore: Rita Talty will be heading to the US with baby Michael Og while Daithi O Se stays in Ireland.

"It's a great stage. He's having conversations with us now and some of the stuff he comes out with is unbelievable. He didn't have the terrible twos and he's halfway through the threes, so hopefully we've escaped that. He's a very easygoing, independent little fella."

And unsurprisingly, family comes first for the popular presenter, who has no qualms about turning down work in order to see his little boy grow up firsthand.

"I prefer to spend time at home with Micheal and Rita. I'm on the road a good bit, but there are days that work comes up that I don't take. There's no point in saving money for his college fund in 15 years passes by and I've missed him growing up. Family comes before career. you have to provide, but there is a cut-off point."

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