The new year is less than three weeks old and already it has been brutally unkind to Sile Seoige. Last week, the bilingual star found herself the ungrateful recipient of a Gooseberry Award for Worst TV Host
This week, however, the pretty Galwegian is dealing with a far more heartbreaking development: the break-up of her marriage.
The talented Sile Seoige is a young woman in a hurry. Not yet 30, she has amassed an astonishing amount of experience on RTE and TG4 in the past decade, an achievement that was overshadowed by the success of her older sister Grainne. Now, alas, Sile has been forced to add one other experience to her list, that of a marriage break-up.
The demise of the relationship is all the more unsettling when one considers that she certainly didn't rush into marriage. In fact, Sile first met her husband Glen Mulcahy in 2000, getting married five years later. Yet, in the three years since tying the knot in a lavish reception in Birr's Kinnity Castle, life hasn't exactly stalled. Sile's rise to fame has continued steadily, necessitating lengthy filming stints in Dublin and around the country.
Now a household figure in her own right, she gained the ultimate presenting gig last year when she landed the job alongside her sister on RTE's Seoige.
However, career progression, for all its positive points, isn't always the recipe for a perfect home life. Sile's husband, despite his success as an IFTA Award-nominated technical director, is a man whose career has kept him firmly behind the camera. In contrast, his wife spends an increasing time in front of it. No matter how strong a relationship, it is always likely to be rocked by a shift in dynamic, or by the imbalance of one being a private figure while the other enters the unsure waters of 'celebrity'.
Perhaps that explains why so many Hollywood figures get together with 'their own'. After all, being with someone who understands the strange world of celebrity is half the battle.
It took three years for Sile and Glen's marriage to unravel. No doubt many jaded eyes will have read the news, shrugged their shoulders and thought: 'another one bites the dust'. True, marriage break-ups are nothing new, but the first few years of a marriage are those in which the couple are expected to enjoy a lengthy 'honeymoon period'. Let's not forget, there's a reason why the seven-year itch only happens after seven years.