Blathnaid Ní Chofaigh enrols in Women Studies at UCD

Blathnaid Ní Chofaigh enrols in Women Studies at UCD

Blathnaid Ní Chofaigh has made the step back to education this week.

The RTE presenter and mother-of-four, walked into her first class at UCD yesterday and said she is finally fulfilling a need within herself, after skipping third level education to go straight into work at the station.

“I have never been to college. I went straight from doing my Leaving Cert into RTÉ. I know that sounds mad. I wouldn’t wish it on someone now,” she told the Sunday Independent.

She decided to enrol in Women Studies due to her passion for contemporary feminist issues and female heroines of the 1916 rising.

Most of her work in RTÉ over the years has focused a lot on women especially Irish women.

"I love that it (the course) is nothing to do with work or the Irish language, but it is actually to do with something that is within me" she added.

Blathnaid’s daughter is also set to start third-level this week but luckly for the presenter they won't be running into eachother at the student bar as Síle is attending a different college.

However the 44-year-old says she's extremley nervious: "It's just new. I am just scared. And I am never scared. I would rather stand up there in front of a room full of people. I have no problem with a crowd. This is the challenge," she said.

"It's a time of my life … it is my brain, I need something. I am looking for meat in my life. I am not challenged fully. I am not working at my full capacity. It has got to me in the last two years."

You can listen to Bláthnaid every Saturday on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta from 11am to 12am.

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