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Now Finucane faces TV grilling

Marian Finucane will find herself on the other side of the microphone, giving a rare interview to Mike Murphy later this month.

Marian, who normally asks the tough questions, will face a gentle grilling in RTE's The Big Interview.

Her skill as an interviewer has won her numerous awards but the 61-year-old normally keeps a firm lid on her personal life.

Murphy will take this opportunity to probe the woman behind the broadcast persona, who has a son and daughter with partner John Clarke. The death of her eight-year- old daughter Sinead from leukaemia in 1990 is still so heartbreaking she says she cannot talk about it.



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She has admitted that a horrific attack on her son Jack in 2009 during a burglary at the family home in Co Kildare undermined her self confidence and her sense of comfort in her own home.

The presenter spends a lot of time in South Africa's East Cape for charity work with Friends In Ireland.

She set up the foundation with her partner to combat the spread of HIV in the country.

The interview with Finucane is one of a series of six with legendary presenter Murphy, who talks to people who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and made a big impact on Ireland today.

The list also includes comedian Tommy Tiernan, Bertie Ahern, Riverdance's Moya Doherty, boxer Barry McGuigan and economist David McWilliams.

The interview with Marian Finucane will be screened at 10.15pm on Thursday week.

csheehy@herald.ie