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Tuesday 25 September 2018

You're never too old to marry. . . but I won't – Anne

RTE doyenne Anne Doyle isn't the marrying kind.

While the 61-year-old broadcaster applauds other old romantics taking trips down the aisle, she won't be saying 'I do' anytime soon.

She revealed: "I've never got married, I'm 62 in January and I've managed to be very lucky to get by pretty well up to now. But at this stage, what would I be doing getting married?

"I'm not for a moment suggesting people shouldn't get married in their 60s, 70s, 80s – more power to them."

Anne and her partner, restaurateur Dan McGrattan, first met over a decade ago and fell in love over a bag of salty chips at Aprile's on South Richmond Street.

They have been inseparable ever since but wedding bells aren't on the cards.

Wexford native Anne, presented the news on RTE for 33 years before bowing out in December 2011.

But this week, she will come out of retirement and return to our TV screens hosting new quiz show – Division.

About her return, Anne said: "I was kind of horrified at how quickly I settled back in.

"Things have come up in the past I wouldn't have felt suited to. But I quite like quizzes."

However, Anne will not be tuning in to see the show.

She said: "Definitely not. I used to have the great advantage of never having to see myself because it was all live. I think I would've gotten very self-conscious and would have thought about it constantly."

Having hosted the news and been a regular on Dublin's social scene for many years, Anne has received numerous offers to write a tell-all autobiography. But she says it'll be some time coming.

"Anything interesting that has happened to me or people I know, I wouldn't dream of telling. I'll wait until my left knee gives out."

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