Nick’s fit of the gig­gles makes global head­lines

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

KILMUCKRIDGE man Nick Sheri­dan strug­gled to con­trol his laugh­ter while re­port­ing about a drunken ram­page by an el­derly cou­ple

News­reader Nick (25) is cur­rently work­ing in Scot­land and was re­port­ing on STV2 about the in­ci­dent which oc­curred in an up­mar­ket ho­tel. How­ever as de­tails of the story came to light, in­clud­ing the fact that one of the pen­sion­ers was naked, Nick strug­gled to keep a straight face.

Nick got a fit of gig­gles as he read out the fol­low­ing story and it’s not hard to see why.

‘And the main head­lines in Dundee this morn­ing, a nude pen­sioner ter­rorised guests and staff at a lux­ury re­sort ho­tel by bran­dish­ing scis­sors dur­ing a drunken ram­page,’ he said.

‘72-year-old Robert Fer­gus was joined by his wife Ruth who was sport­ing a nightie as she threat­ened to gun down staff at the Mac­Don­ald Loch Ran­noch Ho­tel in Perthshire.

‘Mr Fer­gus was fined a to­tal of £2,750.’

Af­ter the news broad­cast Nick took his Twitter ac­count and said: ‘Thanks to every­one for their kind words. Thank­fully hu­mans are still read­ing the news and not ro­bots so these things hap­pen.’

Nick, who is a for­mer stu­dent of St Peter’s Col­lege, pre­vi­ously worked for RTE, New­stalk and TV3. The son of Bernie and Nick Sheri­dan, Nick grew up in Kul­muck­ridge be­fore the fam­ily moved to Castle­bridge a decade ago.

Speak­ing from Glas­gow where he now lives Nick said that the fit of the gig­gles didn’t get him in any trou­ble with work.

‘Luck­ily the bosses were fine about it. I think every­one just ap­pre­ci­ated the hu­mour in the story. It’s been a crazy few days. The ac­tual news bul­letin went out on the Fri­day pre­vi­ously but it came to more and more peo­ple’s at­ten­tion last week as it was shared on­line.

‘It was such an odd story. We left some de­tails out of it (the news bul­letin) like how the staff ran two and a half miles across the high­lands to es­cape from this pair. They seem like they are a re­spectable pair by and large what­ever hap­pened to them on that night.

‘Luck­ily no­body got hurt dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

‘I was lucky too that the story which fol­lowed that was a light hearted one. It would have been dif­fer­ent if it had been an­other se­ri­ous story and I was still gig­gling.’

Nick moved to Scot­land ear­lier this year hav­ing com­pleted an in­tern­ship with a Swedish news out­let. He de­cided then not to move back to Dublin and jumped at the chance to work with STV.

He said that he had only been home to Wex­ford once since he moved but said that last week’s news bul­letin has seen him re­con­nect with many of his old friends.

‘It’s been the best thing ever be­cause I’ve been con­tacted by a lot of my old school friends and other peo­ple who I’d lost con­tact with and I’ve been able to re­con­nect with them so it’s been bril­liant in that re­spect.’

Nick re­ceived the 2016 Prix CIRCOM Re­gional Ris­ing Star Award and in 2009 he was named Young Ir­ish Film-Maker of the Year and trav­elled to South Korea to at­tend the Seoul In­ter­na­tional Youth Film Fes­ti­val.

Nick Sheri­dan gets a fit of the gig­gles live on air (above).

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