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Monday 15 October 2018

'I'm not going anywhere' - Dancing Dessie has no plans to retire from RTE

Des Cahill with Evanne Ni Chuilinn
Des Cahill with Evanne Ni Chuilinn

Cash-strapped RTE may be seeking to lose some high-paid staff through its voluntary redundancy scheme, but Sunday Game legend Des Cahill won't be one of them - for a few years anyway.

"I'm not going anywhere," the Dancing With The Stars contestant told the Herald.

Staff over the age of 55 are being targeted for the voluntary early retirement scheme, with a separate scheme for those under 55 in a bid to shed around 250 staff.

Joke

Although his age is listed as 64 in some online sources, Des said someone in RTE actually "changed that for a joke".

In fact, he is only 57 and says he has no plans to hang up his mic any time soon.

"Don't retire me yet. I'm not going anywhere for a while, I didn't apply for the scheme," he said.

Des earned legions of new fans earlier this year after featuring on Dancing With The Stars, which saw him and partner Karen Byrne competing until the latter stages.

The presenter, who wowed audiences with his moves, said he is looking forward to seeing the second series of the hit show and finding out which celebrities will be strutting their stuff.

The professional dancers have already begun rehearsals for the second season, with RTE keeping the identities of the competing celebrity contestants a closely-guarded secret.

"I'm dying to see it," Des said. "I've been hearing a few names all right but nothing confirmed.

"I started watching Strictly Come Dancing and I loved that - I'd never watched it before."

Des also said he has managed to keep the weight off since appearing on the dancing show.

However, he added that Christmas time will be "the real test of that" as he is faced with all kinds of temp- tations.

Fireworks

Des turned his attentions to a new show last night when he joined forces with co-presenter Evanne Ni Chuilinn for their new series, Ireland's Greatest Sporting Moment.

The six-part series looks back on 50 years of sporting highlights, going from 1962 up until 2012, with the public voting for their favourite moment.

Last night's show kicked-off with a panel featuring Sonia O'Sullivan, Joe Brolly and Eamon Dunphy, with Des predicting fireworks between the sporting experts as they make their own favourite sporting moments known.

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