Marty Morrissey:'My biggest fault is that I’m always the last man to leave the party'

Marty Morrissey:'My biggest fault is that I’m always the last man to leave the party'

My biggest fault is that I’m always the last man to leave the party.

And I don’t even drink.

Friendship, and sport, have always been of great importance to me.

I was raised in New York and was a shy child. When I was 10 we returned to my father’s native Clare. I found myself seen as the outsider, a “yank” and, as an only child of two only children, instinctively knew that I wanted to make friends. Football and hurling allowed me to make friends and broke down that barrier.

I studied medicine at UCC before switching to microbiology and physics, and then did a masters in education. I taught for several years until I began my broadcasting career on Cork Multi-Channel TV.

My idea of bliss is a GAA match.

I started coaching GAA while I was still in UCC.

My first match commentary was on the back of a tractor and trailer. I’d love to say I had a great plan but it all happened by accident, when someone decided to video a game. I was imitating my heroes Micheál Ó Hehir and Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh — but people seemed to like it and we charged 50p to watch the video in the bar the following Monday.

I have always considered myself to be a lucky person and embrace every chance that comes my way.

The thing that makes me good at my job is that I’ve always loved people. I genuinely want to connect and have a bit of fun.

When people stop me and ask for a selfie I take it as a compliment. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate, as people seem to like what I do.

If I could change one thing in our society it would be inequality. I truly think every human being should be treated equally.

My biggest challenge was learning to dance live on TV. I loved it but Dancing with the Stars was so far outside my comfort zone that it was crazy. I was more nervous doing that show than I ever was about doing any live commentary.

The best advice I ever received is

Don’t get too big for your boots

.

My work life balance is a work in progress. I give an awful lot to my work.

I do believe in an afterlife. I have a faith. I’m hopeful and I want to believe.

The personality traits I most admire in others are honesty and loyalty. I’m a Scorpio. We appreciate those things.

My fitness level is another work in progress. I’m in good health and I walk a lot and love to cycle, particularly around west Clare. I used to love golf but have had to put that on the back burner.

If I could be reborn as someone else for a day I’d be George Clooney, The Gooch or hurler TJ Reid.

Marty Morrissey:'My biggest fault is that I’m always the last man to leave the party'
RTE’s Marty Morrissey and Ksenia Zsikhotska,during the Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. kobpix/NO FEE for repro.

My idea of misery is being surrounded by negative people who are critical of others. I firmly believe that if you have nothing good to say, you should not say anything at all.

My biggest extravagance is — or was — travel. I love travel. My wings have been clipped.

This Covid 19 virus is so scary. I have an elderly mother, so of course I’m concerned. It is forcing us to reappraise everything. I’m coping alright with the restrictions and trying to remain positive, but it’s heartbreaking when I think of those who have lost loved ones. I think sport would help us get through it — but we have got to err on the side of safety. We are all in this together.

I live in west Clare and am working on other projects. Sitting in front of a computer is hard work for me but the idea of writing a book has been put to me so you never know.

I’m in a relationship — but she doesn’t like me to talk about it.

So far life has taught me that it is full of surprises, it goes by very fast and you never know what’s coming around the corner.

  • Marty and Bernard - On the Road Again airs on RTÉ One, Wednesdays at 9.35pm


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