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'I found it hard to swear off cursing on the radio,' admits Jennifer Maguire

Rachel Lavin

Published 10/09/2015 | 08:49

Jenny Maguire
Jenny Maguire

Straight-shooting TV star Jennifer Maguire had to learn how to hold her tongue on 2fm's Breakfast Republic.

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"I had to park my bad language at the door" she said. "I used to forget I was on air and that's why I probably got into some trouble at the beginning."

It took the mum-of-one some time to make the transition from raucous comedy show to early-morning radio programme.

"I would be chatting, having a laugh, and then you'd just say something and then you're getting sued!" she joked.

But minding her language has not been the only thing Maguire has had to learn to manage.

The 33-year-old recently gave birth to daughter Florence and has found balancing motherhood and a hectic career a challenge.

Bernard O'Shea & Jennifer Maguire during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Bernard O'Shea & Jennifer Maguire during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

"I just wanted to get back to work. I didn't want to be seen differently.

"I didn't want to be seen as 'That one that's taken too much time off' and it was a very important time for the show, we were very new, " she said.

Jennifer Maguire and Laurence Kinlan enjoying the Casa Bacardi Area at Electric Picnic
Jennifer Maguire and Laurence Kinlan enjoying the Casa Bacardi Area at Electric Picnic

However, Jen admits she felt guilty returning to work so shortly after her child was born.

"I do feel guilt. I do. I went back to work after 10 weeks and that was a decision I made before I had her.

"In hindsight, I would probably have taken a bit longer off.

"I love what I do and I love my baby and it's like, 'Aah!', I want to do both. Somebody said to me, 'You need another pair of hands, you need somebody to take Florence,' and that's the opposite of what I need, because I want to mind her all the time and work, giving 100pc.

"You want to do both, so you just have to try and find a balance."

Jen is now moving onto a new comedy show, Bridget & Eamon, which was developed from a sketch on Republic of Telly.

"I love Bridget" Jennifer says. "Bridget is a bit of a legend."

Bridget and Eamon will debut this autumn on RTE 2.

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