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Friday 9 December 2016

My girl's just two, but she's learning tricks of TV trade, reveals weather forecaster Fiona Ni Flaithearta

Fiona Ni Flaithearta
Fiona Ni Flaithearta

Weathergirl Fiona Ni Flaithearta is a natural on screen and she's been teaching her daughter all the tricks of the trade to follow in her TV footsteps.

The TG4 star has been a hot property since landing on the presenting scene last year and she told the Diary her daughter Niamh is already eager to take after her mum - even though she's just two years old.

"She watches me on TV and I'm trying to teach her the traits of the job. She was in studio with us the other day," Fiona said.

Having grown up just a couple of miles away from the TG4 station in Connemara, Fiona said teaching her little girl to speak Irish is hugely important to her.

"I was brought up a gaeilgeoir and I'm bringing up Niamh as one too," she said.

While the glamorous mum is still based in Galway, Fiona said she wouldn't rule out taking a leaf from Grainne Seoige's book and moving to another station.

"It's been an amazing 18 months with TG4 and I definitely want to stick with presenting. I love doing the weather as well but presenting is definitely something I want to do. Maybe lifestyle shows and that sort of thing," she explained.

"I'd never say no to work, I'd always follow wherever the work is. I'm from Connemara, about 10 minutes away from the station so that suits me at the moment."

Fiona isn't the only TG4 star with big aspirations.

Presenter Aine Goggins also has big plans for her career - although they don't necessarily involve broadcasting.

While the Dublin woman has been working on a freelance basis with the station for a number of years, she's also in her final year of studying medicine in Queens University in Belfast.

Although Ballinteer-native Aine "loves" her presenting work, she admitted she sees her future in the emergency room rather than TV studio.

"I don't know fully what I want to do yet but I know I definitely want to work in a hospital and not as a GP," she said at the launch of the station's autumn schedule yesterday.

"We'll see what happens, maybe some day down the line, it could be easy to have a bit of both [presenting and being a doctor] going on."

In the meantime, Aine revealed she will be playing cupid in Pioc Do Ride - TG4's new dating show that's a cross between Blind Date and Top Gear.

"The concept is there's one person who has to chose between three potential dates, based on their cars."

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