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Saturday, 21 January 2006

Hector Ó hEochagáin

One of the best known Irish speakers in the country, Hector told Ryan how after hours of make up a comedy TV show called 'Anonymous'  transformed him into an extreme right wing politician whose aim was to 'Make Irish language History'. fooling well known personalities and the public alike. Hector also expressed his full support for the historic move to open Croke Park to "foreign" sports. He said 'sports have no boundaries, it is a great stadium, it should be shown all over the world'.
He also talked about becoming a dad for the second time and about his upcoming travels to Australia with Amú and his love for gardening.
On his current series 'Hanging with Hector', he said 'it is like a school boy dream. I am picking the people I want to hang out with'.

'Hanging with Hector' goes out on RTÉ One every Thursday at 10.15pm

Ulrika Jonsson

Ulrika Jonsson

In today's celebrity obsessed society, where celebs wedding photographs are a hugely lucrative business, it is hard to believe that Ulrika Jonsson let a glossy magazine have her first wedding photos for free. She recalled how, when she started her TV career nearly twenty years ago, she was actively encouraged to talk about her personal life. Since then, the Swedish born presenter has hardly ever left the spotlight - not just through her career in the media, but also because of a string of highly-publicised relationships with people like footballer Stan Collymore and England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. Ulrika also chatted about her children and how she finds it hard to relax. adding that one of her only ways of relaxing is exercise.

'The Body Plan', Ulirka Jonsson's fitness DVD is out now

Mary McEvoy and Mick Lally

Mary McEvoy and Mick Lally

One of Ireland's most celebrated couples in modern Ireland were reunited last Saturday - a couple whose courtship, marriage and subsequent difficulties were rarely out of the tabloids. He was the shy, quiet sheep farmer; she was the girl next door. He was Miley; she was Biddy. Mary recalled how bewildered and star struck she was when she first met Mick Lally in an RTÉ studio. On Miley, Mick said he couldn't quite find a word to describe the quality that made his Glenroe character so attractive to the Irish public. 'I have never met anybody like him' he added.
Although, after a few years Mary decided that a farm bound character was no longer what she wanted out of acting, telling Ryan 'I went into acting for pretty frocks and glamour, but I never got out of wellies from the minute I started!'. After being apart for five years, Mick and Mary are together again, in a play, ironically enough called 'The Matchmaker'.

See Local press for details of 'The Matchmaker'