Síle Seoige

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Síle Seoige
Born (1979-04-13) 13 April 1979 (age 38)
An Spidéal, County Galway, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Occupation Television presenter
Employer Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Spouse(s) Glen Mulcahy
(m. 2005; separated 2009)
Relatives Gráinne Seoige (sister)

Síle Seoige (Irish pronunciation: [ˈʃiːlʲə ˈʃoːɟə]) (born 13 April 1979) is an Irish television presenter and Gaeilgeoir. She is fluent in Irish and English, and has worked for Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) and the Irish-language station TG4. Her sister Gráinne also works in television and the pair have presented Seoige together.

Síle has sometimes been referred to as "Sheila."[1]

Early life[edit]

Seoige was born in An Spidéal, County Galway, the youngest of four children, to parents Mairtín and Philomena. She attended Scoil Mhuire at primary level and Coláiste Chroí Mhuire at secondary level. After completing her Leaving Certificate, she was hired by TnaG to present a film show called Hollywood Anocht. Síle was introduced to the public after Gráinne, her sister, departed for TV3.[2] There she interview Hollywood talent like Bruce Willis and Meryl Streep. When Hollywood Anocht ended Síle became TG4's weather girl and continuity presenter, and after two years she moved on to host a children's programme called Cúla4.

After two years of Cúla4 Síle took a year out and spent that time travelling. She returned to Ireland to try radio presenting. She worked for Beat 101-102, a station based in the south-east before moving to national station Today FM. In the summer of 2004 Síle landed the job of covering Ireland's summer festivals for RTÉ's Nationwide.

Bilingual hosting[edit]

Following this, Síle presented RTÉ's Up for the Match and became a regular host on the bilingual programme Seachtain. This news and features format was very different for Síle, but she revelled in the opportunity to get out amongst the public and it gave her a firm footing in production, scripting and media law. Síle was also approached to be the face for Seachtain na Gaeilge, a week where everything Irish is celebrated. She produced a four-part series for RTÉ called Coiscéim and appeared with The Devilins on a compilation CD SnaG-05 featuring bands from Ireland singing in Irish language.

In the summer of 2005, she took part in the first hugely successful You're a Star series, in which she raised over forty thousand euro for Galway-based charity, Cope. The following month she co-presented season four of the hit entertainment series. She co-presented live coverage of the St. Patrick's Day Parade for three years. She then presented a bilingual English-Irish current affairs programme on RTÉ One called Pobal.

She has appeared as a guest presenter on travel programme No Frontiers and co-presented season one of RTÉ's entertainment series Class Act with Aidan Power. In 2007, she guest presented RTÉ's daytime programme The Afternoon Show with Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh. She presented series five of TG4's flagship show Paisean Faisean with co-presenter Bláthnaid Ní Dhonnchadha. In October 2008, Síle joined her older sister Gráinne as co-presenter of Seoige on RTÉ One. After only one season together, RTÉ subsequently dropped the show leaving both sisters "very shocked".[3] In September 2009, she started as a co-presenter on RTÉ's The Afternoon Show.

She has since disappeared off Irish screens and can be heard on Newstalk radio, which signed her up in an attempt to increase its appeal to listeners in the West of Ireland. She made headlines in January 2012 as Ryan Tubridy interviewed personalities Lorraine Keane, Andrea Roche and Michael O'Leary on The Late Late Show when she tweeted: "Just wondering ... are the days of the likes of Peter Ustinov, Spike Milligan and Germaine Greer gone forever?"[4]

Personal life[edit]

Síle married Glen Mulcahy in a lavish ceremony in 2005.[5] In January 2009, it was announced that the couple had separated and the marriage was over. In February 2012, she spoke about her battle with thyroid cancer. She was diagnosed the previous September and had a gland removed before being dosed with radioactive iodine.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Collins, Liam (11 January 2004). "Not the Nine O'Clock News for Sky's Grainne". Sunday Independent. Grainne Seoige, the daughter of a retired garda, Martin Joyce, and his wife Phil, from Rosmuc, Co Galway, started her career in TG4. Her sister Sheila also works in the station but is on a year's leave of absence in France. When it was set up, the station had a policy of picking bright, good-looking young women to front its news and current affairs division. 
  2. ^ McMahon, Micheal (23 September 1998). "TnaG's Autumn Schedule". Archived from the original on 14 May 2015. TnaG has launched its autumn schedule and is recruiting new staff after the departure of five of its members for the recently launched TV3, including Grainne Seoige, Gillian Ni Cheallaigh and Marie Derale. [...] TnaG reportedly has new set of journalists getting their break and introducing themselves this season among the new recruits is Sile Seoige, sister of Grainne, who is presenting a cinema programme Hollywood Anocht. 
  3. ^ "Family drama for shell-shocked Seoiges" Independent (Ireland)
  4. ^ Murphy, Claire (23 January 2012). "Sile joins protests over lacklustre Late Late". Evening Herald. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  5. ^ ShowBiz Ireland
  6. ^ "Síle Seoige talks of cancer battle". Irish Examiner. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 

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