Joanne O'Riordan enraptures RTÉ audience

Joanne O'Riordan enraptures RTÉ audience
Still from Joanne O'Riordan's appearance on The Tommy Tiernan Show last Saturday. Credit: RTÉ

The 23-year-old, who hails from Millstreet, shared the stage with GAA pundit, Joe Brolly and singer, Moya Brennan.

Speaking to The Echo, Joanne expressed her gratitude for all the well wishes she has received since appearing on the RTÉ One show.

"The reaction to the interview has been really good.

"My friends will know that I kind of go into hiding after television appearances.

"When I talk, I tend to blab on so it's a bit of a blur but it was incredible to be interviewed by Tommy," she said.

As the show is predicated on host Tommy Tiernan not knowing who he is about to interview, Joanne had to keep her appearance under wraps ahead of the show - even keeping it from her parents.

"I was riddled with anxiety," Joanne joked.

"Tommy really doesn't know who is coming on the show so I was sworn to secrecy!"

"My parents watch the show religiously, but all they knew was that I was going up to RTÉ for something.

"Even my PA just knew the vague details," she added.

Joanne was born with Tetra-amelia syndrome, meaning she is missing all four limbs but ensures that her disability is no barrier to her success, telling the chat show host, "Ya - came out of the mother’s womb without limbs and sure off we went."

During the frank and honest interview, Joanne opened up about some of the struggles that come with living with her disability but jovially attests that it can sometimes be beneficial.

"I just use the situation to my advantage, they think I'm Make A Wish - so I can kind of get the good interviews."

Joanne is a sports journalist who contributes to the Irish Times and also has a podcast with RedFM. 

On Saturday's show, she expressed her desire to cover the Olympics or Paralympics in Tokyo this summer. 

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