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Flame game Dáithí Ó Sé reveals he accidentally set his mother's clothesline on fire as a teen

The Today presenter told Doireann Garrihy about his rebellious school years on her The Laughs of Your Life podcast


Daithi Ó Sé

Daithi Ó Sé

Daithi Ó Sé

Dáithí Ó Sé has recalled the hilarious moment when he accidentally set his mother’s clothesline on fire as a teenager.

The Today presenter told Doireann Garrihy about his rebellious school years on her The Laughs of Your Life podcast and said that he was suspended from school twice.

He recalled a hilarious story from his youth where he concocted a plan to intercept a letter from school to his parents by offering to help his dad out in the garden so he could catch the postman.

The TV personality explained: “I was asked to leave school. So, I was suspended from school but we didn’t have a phone in the house until we were in our teens like so at this stage the only way of communicating at that time was by letter.

“There’s a garage next door. You know the corrugated iron, so my father put up one of them and it was a felt one that had to be taken down, so I said to my father, ‘Look Dad, I’ll help you with that because that’s a tough old job’ knowing that postman comes around 2 or 3 o’clock in the afternoon.”

Daithi told Doireann that he planned to take the letter home off the postman and hide it from his parents so they wouldn’t find out about his suspension but there had been no sign of it yet.

He continued the story: “This was the time when environmental issues weren’t at its highest in west Kerry, shall I say, and I was burning this felt down the back of the garden very near my mother’s clothesline.

“So, I was up with the felt doing loads of work and burning this thing and whatever way I turned around, there was my father talking to the postman and I went, ‘F*ck!’ and then I looked to my right and I saw my mother’s clothesline on fire and I said, ‘F*ck!’”

“I’ll never forget it,” the presenter laughed. “I went pale and all the blood rushed back to my face when I saw the fire, my mother’s clothes all up in flames in the back garden. 

“My father [was] on flames when he opened the letter from the school. If I didn’t laugh, I was just going to cry.”

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