Thurles native Una shot to fame with girl band The Saturdays and has since released solo albums and a brand new shoe collection. Una will join Martin King on the The Six Sofa on Thursday’s show and will join Ray Foley on Friday. She recently released a new single, 'Never See Me Cry', and starts an Ireland and United Kingdom tour in Killarney in June.
“I’m so excited about my guest presenting role on TV3’s The Six O’Clock Show! I‘m a big fan of the show and had a blast when I appeared as a guest on The Six Sofa - but I’m looking forward to asking the questions this time around,” she said.
36-year-old Una, who has two kids with rugby player husband Ben Foden, hasn't ruled out hosting her own show again in the future. “It’s nice to be getting the chance to go on The Six O’Clock Show and dabble in some TV presenting. I had a great time doing two seasons of Una's Dream Ticket and The Voice of Ireland. I quite enjoy doing bits of TV here and there. It’s something different and it’s all in the entertainment business,” the mother of Aoife (6) and Tadhg (3) told The Nationalist.
Una spent last week visiting loved ones in County Tipperary, where she recalled having an ‘amazing childhood’ prior to her rise to stardom. “I still have some really close friends there that I stay in touch with,” she continued.
Una grew up in a family immersed in music. She is the niece of country singer Declan Nerney and her mum Anne also performed semi-professionally when she was a student nurse. A self-determined Una began to teach herself to play the guitar at the age of nine, and it wasn’t long before she was writing her own songs and breezing through her music exams.
Una Healy is ‘excited’ about guest presenting The Six O’Clock Show.
Una started gigging in Hayes Hotel in Thurles and around Limerick before moving to Dublin to further her development. She then decided to venture outside Ireland and travelled to London for an audition for The Saturdays.
She is feeling proud after releasing Never See Me Cry and is excited about her upcoming tour. “I have been writing loads and I’m more established as a solo act now. It’s so much fun getting to perform and do what I love".
However, music wasn’t the only thing that dominated Una’s formative years. The Saturdays beauty spent a great deal of time down in Thurles Swimming Pool from the age of four, helping her become an All-Ireland champion. “I started the Swim Club there and swam up until the age of 14. I won lots of Munster and Ireland medals during that time,” she smiled.
Trying her hand at university life, Una went to Mary Immaculate College but ‘unfortunately’ dropped out on two occasions. She cited her dream of becoming a singer as the reason for failing to see out her third level education both times. “My time in college didn’t last very long. I tried my hand at primary school teaching and nursing but both of them are vocations. I couldn’t get the dream of music out of my head. I wanted to try and fulfil that dream if at all possible. I gave myself five years to pursue it and fortunately it did happen. I don’t want to be a bad role model for people but for me it was important to follow my heart and do what I wanted to do. That’s what I did,” Una added.
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