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Wednesday 21 November 2018

We're still friends says 2fm's Rick as he splits from wife

2FM star Rick O'Shea is the latest RTE personality whose marriage has hit the rocks, the Diary can exclusively reveal.

The affable DJ, who has three young children, has sadly split from his wife Keara after more than eight years of marriage.

When asked about the breakdown of the relationship, Dublin born Rick (35) confirmed the news but said that the pair "both remain good friends".

He went on to describe it as a "personal matter" and declined to say anything else on the issue.

Friends of the couple have echoed his comments, saying that they remain on very good terms and he is described by those who know him as a devoted dad to his three children.

The split took place in 2007, but the radio presenter has managed to keep the marital breakdown under wraps.

He has frequently joked that working on radio has its advantages as no-one knows what he looks like, letting him lead a life of relative anonymity.

Priority

The couple have three children Ben (10), Holly (4) and Max (2) and they are Rick's priority in his private life.

But the Meteor Award-nominee is just the latest in a long line of RTE stars whose relationships have come undone.

Two weeks ago, chat-show co-host Sile Seoige issued a statement about her marriage.

She explained that after eight years together, and three years of marriage, she and her former husband Glen Mulachy had ended their relationship.

A few months previously, newscaster Sharon ni Bheolain confirmed she was no longer with her husband Kevin Cantrell after six years of marriage.

Saturday night chat-how host Ryan Tubridy issued a statement that he had separated from the mum of his two children, Ann Marie Power in 2006.

However, the most high-profile split in recent times was Gerry Ryan's separation from his wife Morah last year after 26 years together.

Rick started his career on Atlantic 252 before moving to FM104. The UCD Arts graduate moved to 2FM in 2001 and currently covers the 2-5pm slot from Monday to Friday.

He has made no secret that he has epilepsy, after being diagnosed with the condition when he was 16-years-old.

Brainwave

He has helped raise thousands of euros for the Irish Epilepsy Association through his work as patron for their fundraising arm of Brainwave.

"The voluntary work I've done this year has easily been the most life-changing thing that's happened to me," he said of his joining forces with Brainwave.

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