Nick’s fit of the giggles makes global headlines
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).