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Irish travel presenter ‘allergic to the sun’

Irish TV star Angela Scanlon has the job of many people’s dreams – but for her it is something of a nightmare.

The presenter from Co Meath fronts the travel show ‘Getaways’ and is jetted off to some of the most exotic countries in the world.

However, it isn’t all a bed of roses, she has a problem that many people with Irish genes may relate to – she is allergic to the sun!

Angela Scanlon - Irish travel presenter admits: “I’m allergic to the sun.”

However, she didn’t tell her RTÉ bosses about her problem until after her audition and she knew the job was hers.

Scanlon now has to put up with plenty of ribbing from her co-stars and crew when she puts on her Factor 70 sun cream and spends as much time as possible avoiding the sun rays – no easy task when you are working 14-hour days in sun drenched places such as Miami.

She told the Irish Mirror: “Getaways is a dream job but it isn’t a holiday. Yes we’re in beautiful countries doing amazing things but we work 12 or 14-hour days.

“Then there’s the small matter of me not being great in the sun. Obviously I left that information out of my original screen test.”

The sun wasn’t her only problem out in Florida. She also managed to emulate former President George W Bush by having a mishap on a Segway.

She said: “I crashed what is a toy for older people into a truck. Hopefully it won’t be shown.”

Despite these issues, most things appear to be looking up for the 31-year-old Ratoath native. She married her long term partner Roy Horgan last year and is currently inundated with work projects.

There are two RTÉ series in Ireland which will involve ‘rooting around celebrities’ knickers draws’ as well as presenting backstage for the Voice UK for the BBC.

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She said: “Nothing I’ve done has been planned out. The Voice just came up for example because I used to work with the producer on something else a few years back so that’s how it all works.

“Luck and timing play a part but there’s no substitute for persistence and hard graft.”

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