A time to shine

RTÉ Guide Christmas Edition 2018 - - Interview -

She’s every­where right now. Xposé… 2FM… Danc­ing with the Stars, there’s no deny­ing that Bláth­naid Treacy is hav­ing a mo­ment. She’s far from an overnight suc­cess, how­ever. e Bray na­tive has e ec­tively grown up on tele­vi­sion. She ap­peared in ru­ral drama Glen­roe for 13 years be­fore turn­ing her at­ten­tion to TV pre­sent­ing when she nished col­lege.

Over the last ten years, she has been work­ing steadily across Ir­ish and English lan­guage me­dia, in­clud­ing TG4’S O olg go Tolg and RTÉ 2’S Two Tube, a live mag­a­zine show for young peo­ple and one of her high­est rated pro­grammes.

Bláth­naid and I met in Dublin city cen­tre. For some­one who claims not to be a morn­ing per­son, it doesn’t in­hibit her pro­duc­tiv­ity. It’s only 9am, and al­ready Bláth­naid has nished a pho­to­shoot, for which she styled her­self (a vel­vet suit – Christ­massy, but not overly so) and did her own hair and make-up.

As soon as we’re done, she’s o to Vir­gin Me­dia in Bal­ly­mount to do a day’s work. Cur­rently, she is cov­er­ing Glenda Gil­son’s ma­ter­nity leave from fash­ion TV show Xposé, mak­ing her one of the few pre­sen­ters to work for RTÉ and its main Ire­land-based ri­val at the same time. “It’s funny the re­ac­tion I got when I put up a post on Instagram to say that I was go­ing to be work­ing on Xposé. Lots of peo­ple said how did you man­age that?” she laughs, “I wouldn’t have taken the job un­less my bosses in RTÉ were happy for me to do it. eir re­ac­tion was that it’s a great show, it’s more ex­pe­ri­ence and par­don the pun, it’s more ex­po­sure. When­ever you work with new peo­ple you learn more, so yeah, they said go for it and see you back on Danc­ing with the Stars in Jan­uary.”

Bláth­naid has pre­sented the DWTS’ spin-o show Can’t Stop Danc­ing from the start in Jan­uary 2017. Now about to start a third sea­son, we can ex­pect changes to the for­mat, she says. “Last year we were more stu­dio-based, whereas this year we are go­ing to be do­ing more back­stage, more gos­sip; that’s the stu that peo­ple want to see…peo­ple with rollers in their hair, mid-make-up, mid-melt­down. e line-up is the­i­sis­in­cred­i­ble.iknowwhothey in­cred­i­ble. I know who they are but my mouth is zipped!”

Given that she will be work­ing al­most ev­ery week­end from Jan­uary to April, one would as­sume Christmas will be a so­cial a air for Bláth­naid. “No, be­cause if I go wild I could be sick in Jan­uary, so for the last two Chist­masses, I’ve taken it re­ally easy, very much fam­ily and friends ori­en­tated, not go­ing out for 12 pubs of Christmas, more let’s go for din­ner. Also I am work­ing right up un­til Christmas Day.”

Bláth­naid will be on air on RTÉ 2fm from 1pm to 4pm on Christmas Eve, playing non-stop fes­tive tunes and keep­ing peo­ple en­ter­tained as they drive home to loved ones. A er which, she’ll be hot­foot­ing it to her own near­est and dear­est. “I am go­ing straight out to my brother’s house. We’ve a huge fam­ily. I’m the youngest of six. ere are mil­lions of us! I’ve 11 nieces and neph­ews. On Christmas

Eve we are all to­gether.

en on Christmas Day, my Mum will prob­a­bly have about 20 peo­ple. My sis­ter is threat­en­ing to cook Christmas din­ner this year, so that’ll be in­ter­est­ing. It will be lovely for my Mum not to have to cook for once. She can have a glass of mulled wine ’cos usu­ally it’s the rest of us drink­ing whilst pre­tend­ing to help.” My sug­ges­tion that this will be her last Christmas as a sin­gle lady, she squeals. “Yeah, we’re get­ting mar­ried!” she says of her im­pend­ing nup­tials to long-term boyfriend, the jazz mu­si­cian Char­lie Mooney. “We’re get­ting mar­ried in early sum­mer in our home county of Wick­low. We booked the rst place we went to. I just want to have a big mas­sive party and have loads of fun. We’re get­ting mar­ried out­side, so hope­fully the weather will be nice. Mu­sic is re­ally im­por­tant to me. It’s a big com­po­nent of the day and there will be loads of di er­ent gen­res. Char­lie’s mum is a singer so she will be singing for our rst dance, which is so nice. Char­lie is go­ing to be playing. ere will be loads of our friends, my broth­ers...can you tell that I’m so ex­cited about it?” she laughs, “I wish it was to­mor­row!”

Bláth­naid Treacy tells An­drea Byrne about her new gig on Xposé, her up­com­ing wed­ding in Wick­low and why she ap­pre­ci­ates Christmas af­ter a hec­tic year at work

Can’t Stop Danc­ing, Fri­day, Jan­uary 4, RTÉ One

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