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Wednesday 30 July 2014

'I looked at him, he looked at me and that was it' - Miriam O'Callaghan says it was love at first sight with husband Steve

Denise Calnan

Published 07/07/2014|18:26

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Miriam O’Callaghan said it was love at first sight when she first met her husband.

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The RTE broadcaster said she can vividly remember the moment she met the Irish TV director and producer Steve Carson.

“I met Steve at the Strokestown famine museum,” she told Sunday Independent’s Barry Egan.

“It was June 16, 1995, he still has it in his diary.

“My sister had just died. I walked into Strokestown, I remember the first time I looked at him and he looked at me and that was it. It was very romantic.”

The couple have always remembered the moment and Miriam had the initials ‘ALWFS [A long way from Strokestown]’ engraved on the inside of her wedding ring.

Miriam said she has told her children that the secret to a happy marriage is to marry a ‘good person’.

“I always say marry a good person, whose kind to you, good to you and makes you feel good about yourself and Steve is all of those things,” Miriam said.

The mum-of-eight said she is surprised people want to know about her work-life balance.

“There’s 24 hours in the day and seven days in the week,” she said.

“I just love every moment of life, people around me will confirm that.

“That’s not me pretending, that’s me living life. I want to live it to the full,” she continued.

“Everytime I wake up I thank God. I love what I do – I am so blessed.

“The least I can do is give back in any way I can.

“People should be grateful for everything they have.”

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