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Saturday 3 December 2016

Weatherman Deric Hartigan sang for his supper at Bunratty Castle

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Deric Hartigan
Deric Hartigan

TV3 weather presenter Deric Hartigan has revealed his secret musical past.

Deric said he used to be one of the singers at Bunratty Castle banquets, and told the Herald he missed social occasions in favour of music lessons.

"When all the lads were going to the pub, I was saving up and going for my singing lessons," he said.

The energetic presenter was classically trained and became a member of the Irish Youth Choir.

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"I moved on to the RTE Philharmonic Choir and later performed in the National Concert Hall, once for President Mary McAleese," he said.

However, he ruled out a solo music career.

"That said, I do love singing - it's very much a part of who I am," he said.

Joining him in the sunshine in Sandymount yesterday at the launch of Brennan's Bloomsday Bike Rally in aid of the Irish Youth Foundation (IYF) was RTE weather presenter Nuala Carey.

She told the Herald she was delighted to support the cause.

"I'll be doing my best to bring good weather on the day," she added.

The rally, which will be held on June 12, aims to celebrate the life of James Joyce while raising funds for IYF projects.

This year the money will provide music education for children through The Guitar for Kids project at St John Bosco Youth Centre and St Agnes Crumlin Chamber Orchestra.

More than 180 participants on messenger bikes will take part in the rally which begins at St Stephen's Green. Supporters will cycle to the Mansion House to sing Molly Malone with the Lord Mayor.

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