Friday 15 December 2017

Ella to spend summer with her other half

RTE broadcaster Ella McSweeney will be clocking up the air miles over the next few months as she travels to New York to visit her partner.

The Ear to the Ground presenter appears unfazed by the long distance and has jetted off to America regularly in the past few years to see her long-term partner, who emigrated in 2012 for a three-year position at Cornell University in New York.

"My other half had to emigrate to New York for work so I am over in the States for two months, then I'm back again in Ireland in September," she said. "Emigration in Ireland is part of what's happened and he's blessed to have the opportunity to work."

The mother-of-two will have a packed schedule right up to when she departs tomorrow.


"I've just been wrapping on a new documentary for RTE on horse racing, so I'm filming up until Thursday night before flying out the next morning," she said.

The programme is due to be broadcast at the end of August. 
 And the Dublin-native said that 
she thoroughly enjoyed being part of the process - particularly 
when she pitted her nerves against professional jockey Johnny Murtagh.

"It's about the amazing thoroughbred horses that we have and we had great fun filming it," Ella told the Herald.

"I actually had to race against the jockey Johnny Murtagh on Tuesday down at the Curragh racecourse, he was on his horse and I was driving in my car!"

In the past she has worked with the BBC, spending three years with the broadcasting giant after completing a postgraduate in Food Policy at City University in London.

Last Christmas, the brunette beauty drew criticism from the Animal Rights Action Network after Ear to the Ground decided to show the fearless presenter strangling a turkey.

However, the presenter stood by the inclusion of the eight-second clip, saying it illustrated how the bird ending up people's kitchen tables on Christmas Day.


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