The Late Late Show line-up this evening will feature a very familiar face for many Longfordians.
RTÉ presenter Daráine Mulvihill, will join athletes Ellen Keane and Niamh McCarthy to speak with host Ryan Tubridy about Team Ireland’s success at this year’s Paralympics in Rio.
Daráine is from Dunboyne, Co Meath, but her father, Liam, former Director General of the GAA, hails from Kenagh Co Longford and Daráine has many relatives in the county.
Daráine’s own challenge with disability stretches back to her teenage years, when she contracted a virulent strain of meningitis at the age of 16. The virus left her close to death and, in a life-saving move, her parents agreed to allow surgeons to amputate both her legs below the knee to prevent the meningitis from spreading. The disease also left her temporarily paralysed.
It hasn’t held Daráine back however - quite the opposite. Daráine also presented the Paralympics coverage from London 2012 and fronted an RTÉ Two series in 2014 entitled; ‘In Your Shoes’.
Daráine will join an exciting line-up tonight including President Michael D Higgins, Love/Hate star John Connors, comedian Jessica Thom and actress and writer Stefanie Preissner. Music will be performed by The Blizzards, Cathy Davey and Ralph McTell and John Sheehan.
Tune in to RTÉ One tonight from 9.35pm.