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Friday 27 April 2018

'I'm not slowing down any time soon', says Marty

Marty with co-presenter Sinead Kennedy
Marty with co-presenter Sinead Kennedy

Marty Whelan has said he has no plans to slow down his broadcasting career anytime soon.

The 61-year-old hosts RTE's Winning Streak with Sinead Kennedy and also presents on Lyric FM.

After being at RTE for almost four decades, the Dubliner can't see himself taking a step back from the camera any time soon.

"Why would I slow down? I've been working at this speed since I was 22," he said.

"I came into RTE when I was 23 and I'm not going to stop. There's also the small matter of a pay cheque," he said.

The TV host told how he still loves what he does and reckons that if he ever stops enjoying being in front of the camera, viewers will quickly realise it.

Wise

"A whole load of us joined together at the beginning of 2fm and some of us are still there," he told the Herald.

"If people got the impression that I didn't enjoy the radio or TV, they'd cop on to that. They're wise to you.

"This is just the person I am, upbeat, and I go for it. I wouldn't be happy not doing something. I have to do what I do."

Marty was considered to host Dancing With The Stars before the job eventually went to Nicky Byrne and Amanda Byram.

Marty Whelan
Marty Whelan

Although he has enjoyed watching his friend and RTE colleague Marty Morrissey competing, it has not made him want to follow suit.

"The idea of me dancing on stage, I will happily dance with my wife wherever we go, but I will not do it on the telly. This Marty is not going dancing," he said.

"I couldn't give it the time anyway. It wouldn't be for me,"

The Winning Streak host reckons Marty Morrissey's GAA following could take him all the way to the end like Kerry footballer Aidan O'Mahony, who took home the glitter ball trophy on the first series.

"Anybody who does it is very brave. The GAA will sort Marty out. He will be there for the long haul I suspect," he said.

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