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Tuesday 12 November 2019

'My son plays for Dubs, but I won't wear sky blue', insists Blathnaid

Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh won’t wear a Dublin jersey – but made an exception last year to cheer on the Ladies team
Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh won’t wear a Dublin jersey – but made an exception last year to cheer on the Ladies team

Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh's son might be an up and coming Dublin star - but that doesn't mean the Meath woman will wear the sky blue jersey at games.

Promising footballer Peadar plays for the Boys in Blue under-20s, and is tipped to one day play for the senior squad.

RTE presenter Blathnaid (48) regularly cheers on her son at matches, but admitted to the Herald that the only time she donned a Dublin kit was when she was supporting the Ladies footballers in the All-Ireland last year.

"I'm OK about [him playing for Dublin], as I have been living in Dublin so long - although I've never worn a Dublin jersey," she told the Herald.

"I did for the Ladies last year, because it was a big moment for them and I have been a big supporter of them and with 20x20 - so yeah, I put on a Dublin jersey for the Ladies and it was noted at home," she added, laughing.

Proud

However, there is no doubt that Blathnaid is very proud of Cuala clubman Peadar and is a bona fide "GAA mammy".

She said she packs the car for the day, armed with a flask of coffee and homemade flapjacks.

She was there on the sidelines for him in Longford last week, where Tom Gray's men gave Longford their marching orders in a 26-point hammering.

"I am very proud of him. I go to all the matches, but I can't lie, I have to stop screaming on the sidelines - in Irish, as well. I have to stop," she said.

"I love it, who doesn't?" she added.

Meanwhile, Blathnaid is gearing up for the Galway Races, as she will be presenting the RTE RnaG coverage live from Ballybrit from 5.05pm-9pm on Monday, July 29, to Wednesday 31, and from 2pm-6pm on Thursday, August 1.

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