Last year Carl Mullan landed his dream job co-hosting on RTÉ 2FM and we got the chance to speak with him about his first year on the job. Chatting with us for our brand new issue Carl shared that it was certainly a milestone moment for him.
He took on the role in May and now co-hosts the breakfast show with Doireann Garrihy and Donnacha O’Callaghan and he shared that they bonded instantly and feel more like siblings than co-workers!
Carl said; “Honestly, every day, I feel like the luckiest person on the planet and I’m not just saying that. I genuinely feel so lucky to have this job. Myself, Doireann and Donnacha just fall around the place laughing. What an outrageously great situation to be in? Between the birth of Daibhi and landing this job, I would very confidently say it’s the best year of my life.”
Speaking about where he first met both Doireann and Donnacha he said; “A couple of years ago I worked with Doireann for some projects on the RTE Player and we got to know each other quite well through that. Then funnily enough during the first lockdown, the Pheonix Park was within both of our 2km radius’, so there was a few times we’d bump into each other there. We became even closer friends then.”
“With Donnacha, it’s gas because I’m such a rugby buff. I used to play it in school and love watching the Six Nations so when he walked into the office, I couldn’t believe it. He knew straight away we were on the same wave length in terms of taking the mick out of each other.”
“He’s the type of person who’d walk into a room and be best mates with you in less than three minutes. He’s just that kind of guy!”
However, one aspect of the job he has had to get used to his the early starts. Waking up the nation when you have a newborn at home is certainly not easy. In particular he shared that when baby Daibhi arrived last August it was tough going at the start; “When Daibhi was first born, I didn’t realise it at the time but I was burning the candle at both ends. It was manic.”
“Now, a lot of the ball is in my own court when it comes to being tired. Generally now if I’m wreaked it’s because I haven’t gone to bed early enough. We’ve become really good at it, so Daibhi will go to bed at around 8pm, we might have some time together but then we’ll go to bed around 9.30pm.”
“The temptation is always there to stay up and watch another episode of a show, but the following day we’ll both be wreaked. It’s not worth it! ” he added.
We also caught up with Carl and his fiancé, Aisling about adjusting to life with a newborn as well as their upcoming wedding which is set to take place later this month. You can read the full interview in our brand new issue, on shelves now!