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air waves Una Healy 'feels like she’s in a girl band again' as she prepares to co-host a new RTÉ radio show


Una Healy

Una Healy

Una Healy

Una Healy has said that she feels like she’s “in a girl band again” as she prepares to co-host a new RTÉ radio show.

The Tipperary native and former member of pop group The Saturdays is set to present The Heart of Saturday Night alongside Kildare-born musician Loah.

The six-part series begins on July 24th and will feature some of the biggest names in Irish music including Kodaline, Imelda May, Bell X1, and Gavin James.

And Una says that she and her co-host, whose real name is Sallay-Matu Garnett, get on like a house on fire.

“I feel like I’m in a girl band again,” 39-year-old Una said.

“It’s great, because I came from being in The Saturdays - a group of five completely different girls - and it just worked. And I love to be part of a team.

“That’s one thing about being solo; I miss that element of having the girls and someone to bounce off. With this, I love to be co-presenting because it’s a whole different dynamic. We bounce off each other, and it’s like... Girl Power.”

Una gushed that she was delighted to be involved in the radio series as she will get to chat to musicians who inspired her before her singing career took off.

“I feel like we’re very lucky to be in the room with such icons,” she said.

“I remember being in a bar one night; sometimes there’d be a rowdy crowd in and I’d do covers of these drinking songs to keep them entertained. Then, other nights, there’d be two or three people in.

“I used to sing my own stuff at those gigs, and I used to close my eyes and pretend I was on Other Voices with the likes of Bell X1 and Declan O’Rourke. And look at me now!” she laughed.

“It brings back those memories, all that great music that inspired me.”

The Heart of Saturday Night airs on RTÉ One on Saturday July 24th at 9.30pm.

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