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Friday 15 December 2017

Celebrity Diary with Blathnaid Treacy: My musical break for the border with Jools

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Blathnaid Treacy
Blathnaid Treacy
The Ting Tings
Mary McEvoy, Blathnaid Treacy, Mick Lally and Grace Barry and family shot from Glenroe
Hozier

My show about the European Border Breakers Awards is on RTE2 tomorrow night and I'm so excited about it.

I love music and interviewing bands so heading to this was right up my alley.

We flew over to Amsterdam for the event which is part of Eurosonic - a massive showcase festival where bookers come to check out new bands.

It was such a wonderful event, Jools Holland was presenting and it was amazing to see him work - he's such a pro and you could tell that he was so involved with the overall production.

I learned so much just from watching him - he's the only presenter I've met that doesn't get nervous.

It was a crazy 12-hour day of recording voiceovers and then meeting the acts backstage after they accepted their awards or performed.

Hozier won one of the 10 EBBA awards for musicians who have great success outside of their own country with their first international single.

He couldn't be there but he recorded a speech and a performance.

The Ting Tings were a special guest as they won an award a few years ago.

They were brilliant and really let go on stage and it was great to chat to them afterwards.

How I still catch up with my Glenroe family

I still meet my Glenroe family as loads of them work around RTE.

Some of them are in Fair City so I see them a lot, plus Mary McEvoy (see the picture of the two of us on Glenroe, right) does interviews for the Today Show so I see her all the time.

I often meet her at interviews with movie stars, or at screenings and junkets, I always say 'Hi mammy' to her.

I actually bumped into Mick Lally's son Darach recently and it was so lovely to speak to him.

I wouldn't have known him but he looks exactly like Mick.

We had a great laugh for about half an hour and it was lovely to chat to him.

I was in Glenroe for years until I was 13 but I don't think I'd go back to acting.

I'm loving presenting TwoTube on RTE2 and interviewing stars and musicians.

I'm having an absolute ball and I've met some of my heroes through this job - I've met Jim Carey, Jennifer Aniston, Harrison Ford as well as some incredible musicians like Slash.

Next week I'm jetting to London to meet Will Smith and I'm also going to London Fashion Week as well.

I can't wait to host the  Meteor Choice Awards

I'm so excited that I'm going to be co-presenting this year's Meteor Choice Music Prize awards in March. I can't reveal who'll be presenting it with me just yet but I'm really looking forward to it.

I love music and interviewing bands and it's the route I want to continue on so getting the chance to present the Meteors in so exciting for me.

Last summer I presented the Electric Picnic show and I had such a blast. Summer is my favourite time of year and I'm an avid festival goer so I try to get to as many as I can.

I think the Meteors will be a great night because it's a celebration of Irish music.

The list of nominees is just incredible - you have some of the biggest acts in the world, like U2, up there with new stars like Hozier but also bands who have just released their first single like Little Hours.

outfit

It's not confirmed who will be performing just yet but I've had a few hints and it's set to be a great night.

I'm already starting to think about what outfit I'm going to wear and I think I'll head in to Folkster in Temple Bar to pick something out.

They have such an eclectic mix of clothes and dresses and accessories - they dressed me for the EBBAs and I loved that outfit so much so I'm sure they'll sort me out for the Meteors.

Ruth's walking tour of fashion

See Merrion Square through a fashion lens and follow in the footsteps of its most stylish residents from couturiers such as Sybil Connolly to poets, politicians and literary greats.

This Saturday, at 2pm, Ruth Griffin will lead the event.

She will commence with an insightful talk and coffee in the Friends Room of the National Gallery, following which the group will set out on foot to explore the remarkable and almost lost fashion history of Merrion Square.

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