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I'll never get over deaths of my brother and sister; TV Alan on losing siblings to cancer.

Byline: SIOBHAN O'CONNOR

TV3 star Alan Hughes has told how he will never get over losing his brother and sister to cancer.

The Ireland AM host's family has been blighted by the disease in recent years.

Alan's older brother Dave died of lung cancer last year and his sister Doreen passed away in 2012 following her battle with ovarian cancer.

The TV star said he is now raising funds in honour of his late siblings.

Alan told the Irish Mirror: "We're doing an Ireland AM Stand Up To Cancer from July 23. It's going to be an emotional rollercoaster. It will bring back all the memories, when your brother and your sister have both passed away from cancer, how could it not be emotional? "But I don't know any family that hasn't been touched by the disease. If you think we're raising money and people might be saved because of it, then you just get on with it. I'm looking forward to doing it.

"We'll be raising funds for the Marie Keating Foundation, Ronan Keating's mum will be dead 20 years this year, so we'll be having the big ball and interviewing stars from the golf classic and we'll have stories every day of people they've helped."

Ireland AM celebrates its 20th anniversary next year, and despite his success in the industry Alan said he's aware he could get the chop at any time.

He added: "I was there from day one.

But you never know, you feel like television is such a cut-throat world you feel lucky we've got the longevity we have and that your fans still really like you."

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Date:Jul 16, 2018
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