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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Norah Casey: ‘I went through terrible IVF- I became pregnant with twins and lost them’

Published 25/07/2016 | 11:44

Norah Casey
Norah Casey

Broadcaster and publisher Norah Casey has opened up about the struggle she had to conceive her ‘miracle’ son Dara (17) and the difficult IVF process.

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The powerhouse behind Irish publishing company Harmonia went through several failed cycles of IVF with her late husband Richard Hannaford which she said were “terrible”.

Speaking to The Sunday Independent’s LIFE Magazine the broadcaster said her mother Mags was the only one who got her through the disappointment of unsuccessful procedures and the devastating loss of twins through miscarriage.

“Before I had Darragh, my little miracle baby, I went through terrible IVF. Continually, it didn't work, and I became pregnant with twins and lost them. But who, of course, came charging over to London and put me back together? My mum.

Norah Casey with her mother Mags. Photo: Barry McCall.
Norah Casey with her mother Mags. Photo: Barry McCall.

“She's always been a rock for me. She's always been the person who knows the right thing to say,” she said.

Norah revealed that her mother was the rock that helped her following the death of her late husband Richard Hannaford, who died in 2011 following a battle with cancer.

“Many times during Richard's illness, she put me back together.

“The day Richard was told, 'You should put your affairs in order' . . . to say that we fell apart . . . I could hardly drive. We went out to my mum, and I still don't know what magic she performed, but she put us back together. I still think about that day,” she said.

Speaking to the magazine, Norah’s mum Mags said she admired her daughter for the way she has coped following Richard’s death and how well she has raised her son Dara, now 17.

“I remember the day they told me Richard had terminal cancer very well. Richard was a very special person. He was very kind. All of us were heartbroken. Words are not much good at a time like that. You don't know what the right words are. I certainly didn't, but I remember reaching my hand out to them. It was very emotional, and it's difficult to think back on,” said Mags.

Norah Casey, Broadcaster and businesswoman, pictured with her son, Dara
Norah Casey, Broadcaster and businesswoman, pictured with her son, Dara
Norah Casey with her late husband Richard Hannaford, who died last October.
Norah Casey with her late husband Richard Hannaford, who died last October.

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