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Woman's best friend 'Crazy dog lady' Bláthnaid Treacy doesn't mind pooch Mabel eating her shoes and bras

TV and radio star Bláthnaid Treacy tells us about her new bilingual show, her girlie chat with wedding guru Sara Kennedy for the Real Weddings podcast series, and her cuter than cute new pup Mabel

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Bláthnaid giving cuddles to Mabel

Bláthnaid giving cuddles to Mabel

Bláthnaid giving cuddles to Mabel

It's just 18 months since she tied the knot and Bláthnaid Treacy is audibly loved up.

But it's not her new husband Charlie Moon that the presenter is gushing to Magazine+ about being "cute" (or having a fixation with her bras).

It's the couple's new fur baby, Mabel, and luckily her jazz singer other half is equally besotted.

"She's just the cutest damn thing," the 2FM star coos over the phone from their Dublin home. "We adopted her from the DSPCA. She's half dachshund, half Jack Russell, but she looks more like a sausage dog.

"She's kind of eating everything, but that's fine, we knew that was going to happen. My lockdown purchase was a very lovely pair of slippers that cost a small fortune, and she keeps robbing them on me.

"She loves eating shoes, gloves, and bras actually.

"She's mad for an old bra!

"It is a huge adjustment. It's like a baby because you cannot leave the dog alone, but it's been amazing.

"I'm definitely a crazy dog lady."

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Bláthnaid on Glenroe with Mary McEvoy

Bláthnaid on Glenroe with Mary McEvoy

Bláthnaid on Glenroe with Mary McEvoy

Adorable Mabel isn't the only big life change for the newlyweds, who also bought their rented home in the trendy D7 suburb of Stoneybatter late last year, happily avoiding the pain of packing.

Now Bláthnaid is busier than ever in her professional life too after launching new bilingual show StaidAir, aimed at Leaving Certs on 2FM.

"It's funny, at the start of the pandemic I was really focusing on work," says the presenter, who can be heard Monday to Thursday from 8-10pm, as well as every Friday night on the Official Chart Show. "Like 'OK, what am I going to do?' because there still has to be programmes, and I was constantly pitching tonnes and tonnes of ideas.

"It takes a huge amount of work and you can put a lot of yourself into some of these ideas.

"But then sometimes if you're met with a lot of rejection - as everybody who works in the media industry knows - it's like, 'Yeah, that's a good idea, but maybe not for right now'.

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TV and radio star Bláthnaid Treacy tells us about her new bilingual show

TV and radio star Bláthnaid Treacy tells us about her new bilingual show

TV and radio star Bláthnaid Treacy tells us about her new bilingual show

"And that's OK, but it gets to a certain point where you're like, 'I'm just going to stop for a minute because there's other stuff that I want to focus on'. So I kind of took my foot off the pedal with work, and just started focusing on my personal life, and then in that time, we bought a house and we adopted a dog.

"Then, in the new year, this new job has come up, which is brilliant," she adds. "It's funny how when you take the pressure off something, stuff begins to unfold.

"Sometimes you have to just leave stuff up to fate and relax."

Certainly the pair are due better times after the death of Charlie's sister, Claire, just a few days before Christmas, whom the broadcaster paid heartfelt tribute to on Instagram.

Before that devastating loss, Bláthnaid reveals how she coped with the stress of lockdown like everyone else - by binging on television and comfort food - even if her glamorous job required her to actually get changed out of her pyjamas in between.

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Bláthnaid Treacy with husband Charlie Moon on their wedding day

Bláthnaid Treacy with husband Charlie Moon on their wedding day

Bláthnaid Treacy with husband Charlie Moon on their wedding day

"I mean, I'm slobbing around in my pyjamas right now," laughs the 30 year-old, who also hosts the National Lottery and appears on RTÉ's Today Show.

"For work, yeah, I do have to get dressed up a little bit and do stuff with my hair, which is starting to get serious roots at this stage. But yeah, I was doing all of that stuff - like I've completed Netflix several times.

"I'm a proper TV addict. I've rewatched lots of TV shows like Breaking Bad and Succession. I think it's our third time watching it.

"Do you know what I need to do? I need to pick up a few more books!"

"I think it's escapism," she adds of the role played by television and radio during the pandemic.

"Particularly with 2FM, I've noticed at the beginning a lot of people were looking for information about what's happening, what are the rules.

"Now that we're into it nearly a year, they're like, 'Hang on, I'm tuning into the radio to be entertained - to find out what to watch on TV, on Netflix, what movies to check out'.

"People are more, 'I know about the pandemic, it's crap, so how can I distract myself from it and feel good for an hour while I watch an episode of something?'

Upcoming reboots of Friends, Gossip Girl and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air are sure to feature among the suggestions - so, Magazine+ wonders cheekily, what are the odds of Bláthnaid donning her wellies to return to where it all began on Glenroe?

"I meeean," the star, who famously got her big break playing Biddy and Miley's daughter Denise Byrne on the iconic soap at just three-months-old, replies playfully: "What do you think?

"I'm pretty sure that tractor has sailed. I don't know, I think it was very much of its time."

Although her one-on-one podcast, Untold, is currently "on hiatus" due to coronavirus restrictions, Bláthnaid says she was only too happy to virtually sit down with wedding guru Sara Kennedy to spill all the details of her dreamy big day in June 2019 for new podcast, Real Weddings with Sara, available on the GoLoud app now.

Listeners can skip to episode three to hear the Irish Wedding Blog founder's chat with the Wicklow woman, before circling back to chats with other celebrities including Mario Rosenstock and vloggers Jonathan and Anna Saccone Joly about tying the knot - and how to keep it firmly tied over the years.

"We were so lucky to get in when we did," Bláthnaid says of her pre-pandemic nuptials in Blessington.

"It pissed rain, of course, but it was an amazing day and I'd love to do it all over again if I could.

"It's still weird, but it feels really nice," she adds of going from 'Miss' to 'Mrs' after a decade with her musician beau.

"But I love when I hear him say, 'This is my wife'. I'm like, 'Oooh, that's cool!'

"It feels really nice because he's been my boyfriend forever and we're in this for the long haul. It also feels like we sort of started our family with our little dog and our little house, so it's lovely.

"I feel very content and I think that's one of the best feelings that you can have, just to feel happy and I really do."

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