Aoibhin Garrihy reveals her 30th birthday plans and celebrating her wedding anniversary after a 'crazy' few months
Aoibhin Garrihy has revealed her 30th birthday plans and how she and her husband John Burke will celebrate their wedding anniversary after a "crazy" start to the year.
The former Fair City actress has had a hectic start to married life since tying the knot in September. Aoibhin kicked off the new year by spending three months competing on RTE's Dancing With The Stars (reaching the final), before travelling to Everest Base Camp with John at the beginning of April ahead of his summit to the peak of the earth's highest mountain.
Speaking to Independent.ie, Aoibhin said that the rest of the year will be easy going in comparison.
"It's been crazy. It's been a rollercoaster start to the year," she said.
"We're just craving normality now and to have some down time. We're going to take it easy!"
It won't be a huge bash as the Castleknock native prepares to celebrate her 30th birthday, with a low-key celebration likely.
"It's my 30th birthday in June. We're heading to Dingle with the dogs to celebrate John's birthday in a few weeks and we're just going to have some quiet time. John is craving home and some home cooking!"
The couple are set to celebrate their one year anniversary since marrying at the four-star Armada Hotel, Co Clare, in September, although Aoibhin admitted that they might skip the typical sun holiday for something more exciting.
"We've no major plans. We'll definitely do something. I'd love to get away.
"I'm looking at doing a body holiday where it focuses on mind, body and nutrition. Sometimes after lying on a sun bed for two weeks you just feel worse than you did before you went!"
With hotelier John spending two months climbing Mount Everest, and only arriving home to Ireland last week, Aoibhin said it was hard not to worry while he way away.
"It's very emotional, it's been a long time coming. John has been working on going for 10 years. When he got to the top it was a huge weight off his shoulders. He was literally on top of the world and really felt closer to heaven.
"There were times when I really struggled when he was away. There were six days when I didn't hear from him and that was hard. John has a real positive mental attitude and saw a sports psychologist before he went. He's almost allergic to negative thoughts. When I told him any fears I had, he shut them down and said there was no room for negativity.
"He has a bit of post traumatic stress now. I suppose for so long you have to bury the fear to survive. He's waking up in a sweat, reaching for ropes and thinking he's falling.
"When we got home the neighbours were there to meet him, and the dogs too! His sister made bacon and cabbage. If I had suggested ordering a Chinese I would have been shot!"
Aoibhin, who studied drama in Trinity College, said that her attitude to work has changed over the years.
"As you get older, more people know your work and you stop panicking. It's almost a race after college to see where people will go, but now I'm just happy in myself. I've stopped stressing and am just enjoying it. I've adopted an attitude of less stress. You can afford to be more picky as you get older, too.
"Balance is what it's down to for me. Work isn't the be-all and end-all for me. I'm not putting all of my eggs into one basket."
While Dancing With The Stars was outside Aoibhin's comfort zone, she said that it was a matter of grasping the opportunity and not over-thinking it.
"I'm a glass half-full kind of person, so when the opportunity for Dancing With The Stars came up, I saw it as something else to get my teeth into. It was a real opportunity and I felt really blessed. I didn't over think it, I just embraced it, that's my attitude. You need to be open minded.
"I always stay busy and find alternative things to do, but I wouldn't do a job that I'd be miserable in. There's ways and means around it. I've helped out in the family business by getting involved in the PR, done event planning with John and the hotel.
"I've my drama school too that I set up four years ago, and I really enjoy it. I always find ways to keep occupied, it's part of my personality."
Aoibhin Garrihy and 2fm broadcaster Eoghan McDermott will act as this year’s celebrity judges for the Killashee Style Icon at The Curragh on day two of the Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival on Sunday, 28th May.