Everyone, from his own colleagues to fans of his television and radio shows, wants to know the same thing: What happened with Aoibhinn?But before we hit the rocks in the shallow waters, there is the book to tackle.‘‘Harper Collins came tome and said, ‘We think you could write a history book’,” Tubridy explains, as he settles himself on a leather couch in the production and reception area of his studio, which is larger and more impressive than the one we’ve just left.
At the age of 37, Tubridy has just published his first book, JFK in Ireland: Four Days That Changed a President.
That means that Tubridy is now not only one of RTE’s youngest and most successful broadcasters, but a relatively young first-time author too.
(And, no, he didn’t use a ghostwriter.) Not bad going, then, for a self-confessed ‘‘slightly stuffy, whimsical sort of cynic’’, whose appeal, many felt, would always be too narrow to translate to a mainstream, primetime television audience.
Although the interview was planned to tie in with the publication of the book, no advance copy was available, due to a media embargo.
This may suit me better than Tubridy, as it means there is more time to discuss not only his media career, but the topic that the public seems to have an insatiable appetite for – his love life.
Much to his distress, Tubridy is among the few presenters considered fair game by newspaper bosses.
His girlfriends have been tailed and extensive broadsheet and tabloid coverage has been devoted to his now seemingly extinguished romance with former Rose of Tralee, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin.
Ryan Tubridy is hurrying down the corridors in RTE, looking for a quiet spot to do this interview.
He hellos everyone as he passes, offering up quips and waves.