Monday 24 October 2016

Deirdre O'Kane: My days as a full-time mum are over

Published 04/09/2016 | 02:30

Deirdre O'Kane
Deirdre O'Kane
Funny girl: Deirdre O'Kane has spoken of her time as a stay-at-home mum Photo: Caroline Quinn

Actress and comedian Deirdre O'Kane insists her days of "full-time mummying" are behind her, admitting she struggled not having her own time to pursue her career.

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The married mother of two spent a year at home as a full-time mum - an experience she found "very challenging."

"It is not easy. I admire immensely people who do it very well because I don't think I did it very well.

"I tried but I don't think I was good at it."

Speaking of the difficulties when juggling a career with motherhood, she accepted she sometimes feels guilty when she's not with her children.

"There's the eternal pull and the guilt of wanting to spend all your hours with them, and the desire to work and be an adult in the real world and not always be doing the kids thing," she told the Sunday Independent.

"If you can work three or four days a week, in my book, that's the answer. That's as good a balance as you can get. It's probably what a lot of people crave - but it's not always easy to make that work."

Deirdre will perform at this year's Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival, Ireland's largest multidisciplinary arts get-together, which runs across the city from September 10 to 25.

Sunday Independent

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