Football pundit Richie Sadlier got candid about his journey to fatherhood on The Tommy Tiernan Show.
Richie and his wife Fiona welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sam, last month. But Sam’s arrival followed a long journey of trying for a baby. With the couple being told they could not conceive, attempting several rounds of IVF over fours years, before Fiona fell pregnant naturally in 2022.
Sharing: “We did a round of IVF every year for four years and nothing worked. I completely underestimated the heartache of it not working.”
“I’m only recently at the stage where I can say the phrase ‘my son’ without crying”
Speaking with Tommy, the former footballer confessed all of the struggles mattered less once baby Sam was born.
“When he came out, all the other shite we had gone through, not that it didn’t hurt, but none of that matters now. We are the luckiest people ever,” Richie explained.
Viewers were immediately impressed with the Dubliners honesty, taking to social media with plenty of praise.
What an outstanding interview with @Tommedian. That was as engaging an interview as I have ever witnessed and your humility shines through. You should be very proud of that @RichieSadlier. Well done and you’re a credit to your family. pic.twitter.com/P9RvGxbmXz
— Gerard Quinlivan (@GerardQuinlivan) March 11, 2023
A great interview with @RichieSadlier
IVF, isn’t an easy subject to talk about. It’s a long, arduous journey, with lots of highs & lows. Such an emotional rollercoaster for everyone involved. Congrats on the new arrival & I wish you all the best for the future #tommytiernanshow
— Adrian Heneghan (@Adrianheneghan) March 11, 2023
Richie sadlier on #tommytiernanshow is the most intelligent, beautiful & empathetic man! If more men were like him we’d been in a better place.
— Roisin (@RoRoSuperRo) March 11, 2023
Great to see two men talking about IVF and parenthood, from the heart, on Saturday night telly in Ireland.
Wishing you all the best on this new beautiful, crazy journey @RichieSadlier ⭐️#tommytiernanshow @Tommedian
— Melanie Ryberg (she/her) ☮️ 💛 🧠 (@melanieryberg) March 11, 2023
Richie💙 an absolute role model. Your vulnerabilities, your experiences, and everything else, you have brought them to the fore and spoken about them, to help others. I hope it has all helped you. You’re a gem. Your son is so lucky @RichieSadlier #tommytiernanshow
— Wayne Jacob (@Wayne_Jacob_) March 11, 2023
This man is incredible, he speaks so comfortably, naturally and engagingly, best interview i’ve seen on #tommytiernanshow @RichieSadlier congratulations on the birth of Baby Sam #tommytiernanshow
— niamh lee (@niamhlee8) March 11, 2023
This is my favourite #tommytiernanshow interview yet. Thank you @RichieSadlier @Tommedian
— Jane Dunleavy (@Janiedunleavy) March 11, 2023
Loved that interview with @RichieSadlier it’s great to see a man get emotional about the people he loves and not be afraid to show it #tommytiernanshow
— Graham Patchell 🇮🇪🇪🇺 🇵🇸 🇺🇦 (@GrahamPatchell) March 11, 2023
That was such a gorgeous interview with Richie Sadlier. He is just so grateful and proud to finally be a parent and I feel that intensely #tommytiernanshow
— Clair Kelly (@wheresclair) March 11, 2023