Des Cahill was open about family life, acknowledging that his wife, Caroline, avoided the spotlight to support a complicated late-night party with his girlfriends.
The country’s favorite sports broadcaster also revealed he has no plans to slow down anytime soon.
The 61-year-old juggle who manages his local GAA Cuala team in South Dublin presents Game Sunday and plays Des Island discs on RTE One radio.
And Dubliner admits he would rather have a few beers locally than attend a showbiz meeting.
Humble Des told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “Of course, Caroline kept me alive, she’s from Donegal, she doesn’t have time to air and feel sorry, she’s one of the 14.
“He has eight sisters, unfortunately one died but they have a very wild and loud zoom party every weekend, they are a very crowded crowd.”
A partying girl, Des admitted Caroline was famous for the complicated Come Dine with me.
He said: “He will be as quiet as ever but when there is a party at home and singing a song he will be the center of the crowd.
“Caroline has a very close group of friends here, even if I’m at a late-night show and I come home at 3am, there’s a chance they’re still here.
“He really liked the songs that were sung, they all joined Come Dine with Me, they went to an extreme level now.
“One of them is my Great Fat Gypsy Marriage, they even got a trailer from one of her husbands, she has clothes that are not real from gypsies.
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“They have become stronger than before, this dinner, they have been running for more than eight years, there are rules that they cannot finish before three or four in the morning.
“But Caroline avoided the spotlight, she kept the show on the road at home, the two children had moved into the house.
“My sons and daughters Paul and Amy are very personal so I don’t tend to talk about it.
“Paul works from home and things like WiFi are the main thing in your head at times like that, so WiFi works.”
Des was one of the first celebrities to dance socks on Dancing with the Stars in the first series where he was nicknamed “Dessie Dancing”.
As for whether Caroline preferred him during her tenure, she said: “Not sure not.”
Dessie has considered whether the hit show will not return because of the economic crisis we are facing.
And he admitted that he did not follow the fast steps: “There is no dance that is at least in my mind today, it’s a little craic.
“I wonder if it will return to the current climate, financial problems, I have a famous sportsman yesterday about Dancing with the Stars, obviously he has too much time to think!”
Seeing him back recently was a surprise, he joked: “I saw myself recently, I haven’t seen it in years, and now I know what it all means, God is shocking.
“I am not sorry, it is very pleasant, no one is sorry that continues.
“They asked many people to take part in the first and I said no at first, then they held on.
“I don’t think it would hurt to do a little exercise, but of course after the first success, many people want to do it.
“Many people then become stars and of course you are reluctant to expose yourself to that.
“That is clearly the sympathy voice that I have gotten so far, both a mixture of sympathy and a little pleasure I think, people identify with my inability but I still hold fast to it.
“But it can be frustrating for other people, every year you get a better person out early.
“My partner Marty Morrissey is as bad as me.”
As busy as ever with the Sunday Game that airs on RTE every week, the hard grafting presenter recognizes it as an emotional rollercoaster with a lack of direct sports.
He said: “I am busy, I do Sunday Sports in the afternoon and then Sunday Games, I have just finished a busy week at Des’s Island Discs.”
From Paul McGrath opening his fight with alcohol to Enda Kenny in his first interview since leaving office, Des got all the big names on a music-driven celeb event.
About the locked Sunday Game, he said: “I have never had a positive reaction in my life to a program like that, but I know it will not change back to the usual complaints about Sunday Games but Sunday is only love, love love.
“Compared to some of my colleagues, I have become much stronger and capable of criticism.
“Usually we have a lot of complaints that we don’t show enough to Longford or Carlow.
“They gave us to us because we gave Algeria the German verse a longer time slot than the local team.
“But you will always get it when you enter 14 or 15 matches into the two-hour program.
“It’s not uncommon for me to sit and think about things like this but it makes me think, Sunday Games are a part of the life of Irish sports fans.”
Disc Island Des is on Radio RTE One working day at 18:30.
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