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Blathnaid goes wild for new radio slot


Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh. Photo: Gerry Mooney

RADIO host Derek Mooney will get a dig out on his popular show from one of his RTE co-stars this summer.

Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh will step in as a roving reporter on Mooney Goes Wild throughout July.

But the mum-of-four won’t be a permanent addition to the colourful wildlife show as she is only filling in for regular contributor Brenda Donoghue.


“Blathnaid will be on Mooney Goes Wild for three weeks while Brenda is away on holidays,” an RTE radio spokesperson told The Herald. “We are looking forward to having her.”

More familiar on TV screens, Blathnaid is happy to get her teeth into more radio roles after impressing producers with her recent documentary about the history of Dublin brothels. The programme is due to air this summer.

Blathnaid, who is looking forward to her three weeks on the Mooney Show, said she finds radio work “very liberating”.

“It’s quite a different challenge in that you don’t have to worry about what’s on your face,” she said. “It’s nice being part of a team, and what makes a good story on radio is very different to what works on TV.”

Radio bosses felt Blathnaid (43) would be “a good fit” as she is one of the more colourful contributors to the wildlife programme.

And she is looking forward to giving her opinion on the various lifestyle topics that arise during her stint, particularly anything to do with a subject close to her heart, dogs.

Blathnaid will step out at the Curragh this Sunday for the Guineas Spring Racing Festival.