9 March 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

There’s no rest if you’re an RTÉ 2FM personality, as Ryan Tubridy demonstrated on his recent action—packed trip to Monaghan.
The reason it was selected as the first in the Tubridy’s Greet on the Street series was because it was felt that ours was “the hidden country,” Ryan explained.
Mr. Tubridy arrived in Monaghan at 2pm on Tuesday, February 28th, fresh from his morning radio show.
He then went on what can only be described as a whistle-stop tour of the Drumlin County. First stop: Addressing an assembly of 500 girls at St. Louis Secondary School, Monaghan.
Then it was off to afternoon tea with Sammy and Sir Jack Leslie, before a leisurely horse-drawn carriage ride around the grounds of the majestically appointed castle.
However, Ryan didn’t get to relax for long, as he had to channel his inner Schumacher for a Rally School of Ireland crash course in motor sports!
Then it was back to the Westenra Arms Hotel for a meet and greet, on the eve of his live radio show, broadcast from the hotel’s Town Hall.
Ryan could reel off the place names like a local, saying that he had dinner in Deery’s followed by a pint in The Squealing Pig.
He then headed out to Glaslough’s Pillar House, owned by Charlene McKenna’s family, whom he enjoyed catching up with, having previously met them on Tubridy Tonight and The Late Late Show.
The accomplished broadcaster explained that the aim of Tubridy’s Greet on the Street was to get out of the studio, meet people, shake hands and take photographs. “It’s like running for office!” he joked, but given his enormous popularity, perhaps he should!
Mr. Tubridy admitted to being taken aback by the turnout, and wished to thank people for showing up in such numbers. He also thanked The Northern Standard for advance publicity of the event.
Although Monaghan was the first official Greet on the Street, there had been an informal meet and greet in Cove a few weeks previous, Ryan explained.
When asked if he had the best job in the world, Ryan said: “I think so, I love it. I love working on the radio, I like the people I work with. I like the listeners that I talk to and then I have another job on a Friday night! I’ve got the best of both worlds, so I’m very lucky.”
Tubridy’s Greet on the Street show live from Monaghan did exactly what it set out to do, represent, showcase and celebrate the county on the national stage.
It has to be difficult to fill two hours of live airtime five days a week, as well as doing a televised show of equal duration every Friday night, but Ryan seems to take it all in his stride.
During his Monaghan broadcast he spoke to Paul and Edel Maher, the Carrick couple who have eleven children.
He chatted with the beautiful and talented actress Aoibhinn McGinnity and Tommy Bowe’s mother Ann, who discussed her son’s pride in being an ambassador of his home county.
Baby Dáire Gorman, who was born on September 16th last, without forearms and upper legs, was also there with his mum Shelley to get his picture taken with Ryan.
Paddy Cullivan from The Late Late Show House Band provided musical entertainment by delivering the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh in the unusual style of Thin Lizzy and The Beatles. Meanwhile, Inniskeen’s own Oliver Callan was on top comedic form!
Ryan also used a roving mic during the show to meet audience members, and afterwards one couldn’t even get down off the stage, as the crowd surged forward to meet the national treasure! Seldom are such well—known people so humble and unassuming, which only adds to their charm.
Despite the hectic nature of his schedule, Ryan was enthused by his visit: “I was so many places and saw so many things, I’d love to come back in my civvies when I’m not working, so I can enjoy it all.”The warmth of people and the architectural wealth the town and its environs boasted struck him. Ryan also revealed that he plans to return to Monaghan for a spot of fly-fishing in the near future.

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