Sunday 23 September 2018

'I wish I'd been wild at college' - Miriam

Miriam O Callaghan at the launch of the first ever UCD Festival.
Miriam O Callaghan at the launch of the first ever UCD Festival.
Miriam and Mario

RTE's Miriam O'Callaghan has admitted she wished she had gone "completely wild" at college.

The presenter (left) revealed how she was the product of a well-spent youth and there were no drunken nights out on the UCD campus for the high-achieving mum-of-eight.

"I went here when I was 16 years old as a law school student, I did my basic degree here and I did my postgrad here in European law," she said.

"I was incredibly boring. I was all about the study, anyone would tell you.

"I liked UCD very much but I was very shy and I'd love to come back again and get involved in everything. I got involved in the law society and that was it.

"I wished I'd gone completely wild and had a great time. I always say to young people 'enjoy yourselves, you're only 16 once'. Study is good. It gets you there in the end."

She hit the headlines recently after claims by funnyman Mario Rosenstock that he felt she didn't really enjoy his impersonation of her.


Yet she insists that she doesn't take any offence at his mimicry.

Resisting the urge to say 'genuinely', she said, "I honestly really like Mario (inset) and I've no problem whatsoever with Mario impersonating me.

Miriam also praised the selection of RTE's new director general, Dee Forbes.

"I do know her because a year ago at a Women in Media festival in Ballybunion, which is on against this weekend, I met Dee Forbes because we were on the same panel," she said.

"It was the first time I met her and I liked her very much and I think she'll have a very nice time in RTE. I look forward to welcoming her there."

Miriam was back in her alma mater to help launch the inaugural UCD festival on Saturday, June 18 - a free day out for families.

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