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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Exclusive: Miriam O'Callaghan: 'Garth's If Tomorrow Never Comes reminds me of my late sister'

Published 07/07/2014 | 11:59

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Miriam O’Callaghan said the only reason she got through the ‘tough times’ in her life is because she’s made of ‘strong stuff’.

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The popular broadcaster and mum-of-eight said ‘the dark times’ after the loss of her sister Anne and the breakdown of her marriage in 1995 made her appreciate the good things in life.

“People say if you’ve known the dark times, the tough times in life, you can appreciate the good times, I think that is quite true,” she said in an interview with Sunday Independent’s Barry Egan.

“If you had a big loss early in life like I did with my sister Anne who I adored, nothing is ever quite the same.

“Sadly their life is stolen from them,” Miriam continued, “but my life improved because I realised what matters in life and not to sweat the small things.

“You can ask anyone in Ireland how they get through tough times – you have to be strong. My father came from a small farm outside Castleisland in Co Kerry and we are made of strong stuff, I have lots of his DNA in me.”

Miriam said she loves country singer Garth Brooks because of personal reasons and the memories his song ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’ holds for her.

“When Anne died in February of 1995, that song was playing non-stop on Irish radio.

“I’d often drive in my car and Anne could be in the car in front of me, I knew she wasn’t going to be in this world for very long and it would make me cry.

“So I love him for a very personal reason and because he reminds me of my sister.”

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