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Monday 16 July 2018

Glenroe girl hits road with YouTube star for 'couchsurfing' TV adventure

A GLENROE child actress and a YouTube star are to join forces as presenters of a popular TG4 travel show.

Blathnaid Treacy (23), who played Miley and Biddy's daughter Denise in the RTE soap, and Laura O'Connell (26), whose YouTube series has received more than 35,000 hits, will be hosting the new series of the Irish language show O Tholg Go Tholg (From Couch To Couch).

It follows the two Wicklow natives as they make their way through Europe on a shoestring budget, meeting and staying with all sorts of quirky people along the way. It is expected to air next year after Laura and Blathnaid complete their travelling in October.

Former child actress Blathnaid told the Herald she was looking forward to making her TV comeback after more than a decade. The Bray beauty, who played the daughter of the show's main characters, Miley (played by Mick Lally) and Biddy Byrne (Mary McEvoy) from when she was just three months old, retired from acting when Glenroe ended so she could focus on her studies.

"I was in Glenroe until I was about 13 years old when the show finished up, and at that time I wanted to stay out of the limelight and really concentrate on my education," Blathnaid said.

"I grew up constantly being recognised and I just wanted to be a normal kid really, but after completing my studies in Irish and archaeology in UCD, I realised that I wanted to get back into TV.

"I helped a couple of my friends with some filming work and I just loved being back in the studio, so I did a production course.

"It's quite scary to think that I will back in front of camera, but I do enjoy it, and I love meeting new people, interviewing them... everyone in the team has been very supportive so I just want to do a good job -- be myself, and do the show justice," she said.

Laura, who is originally from Killincarrig near Greystones, has also had her share of media exposure with the internet sketch show she co-hosted with Katie Michalak, That Show Those Girls.

The pretty brunette told the Herald that she had not been apprehensive in the least about couchsurfing.

"It's not about getting somewhere to stay for free, it's about meeting new people," she said.

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