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Saturday 17 November 2018

RTE's Una 'still can't speak of son's death'

RTE newsreader Una O'Hagan's husband has told how he feared for their marriage following their son's death.

Ms O'Hagan and Colm Keane, from Bray, Co Wicklow, lost their only child, Sean, at the age of 20 on Christmas Day, 2007. "Una cannot speak about Sean, even with me," said Mr Keane. "When I mention him, tears well up in her eyes and we move on."

Mr Keane, who has recovered from neck and throat cancer, said that although he had concerns for the couple's future, the strength of their marriage kept them together.

"In the days after Sean's death, I remember being there at the graveside asking myself, 'What do we do now? Are we going to walk away from each other? Do we have a future together?" he said in an interview with the RTE Guide.

"I remember as we were walking away from the grave, Una linked arms with me.

"I'll always remember that moment. I only said it to Una last year for the first time, but she remembers it.

"And we stayed together and have got even closer, so we're the lucky ones who have come out the other side, whereas some couples are torn apart."

The lives of Ms O'Hagan and broadcaster, journalist and writer Mr Keane were altered drastically when Sean was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. "I'll never forget that day because that was the day our lives ended," said Mr Keane.

On the back of his own recovery, Mr Keane published Padre Pio: The Scent of Roses in September.

It describes the so-called miracles and miraculous cures attributed to the Italian saint.

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