'At long last I can enjoy my marriage' - Former Fair City actress Aoibhin Garrihy
Aoibhin Garrihy has told of her relief at finally being able to "enjoy marriage" now that she and husband John Burke have settled down after a whirlwind few months.
The former Fair City actress and hotelier John got hitched last September but had only a few weeks of wedded bliss before Aoibhin began working on Dancing With The Stars and John began training for his journey to the top of Mount Everest.
"It's been going great. I can finally enjoy my marriage now," said Aoibhin.
"I took the month of June off and I ended up being his chauffeur and manager because it was really busy for him.
"After Everest, everyone wanted to hear the story, but it was great because we got to spend a lot of time together. We're blessed with what has gone on for the last few months."
Aoibhin, from Castleknock, moved to Ennis, Co Clare, when the couple became serious and admitted it was a struggle getting used to a quieter life in the country.
"Moving down was a big transition. You leave your friends and your family and your life," she said.
"I'm still up in Dublin about three days a week, but my base is Ennis now and it took me a while to adapt to that and I guess, to fit in.
"You think, God, this isn't where I grew up and I don't have the same network of friends I had in Dublin. I'm like a yo-yo, I'm constantly on the road.
"I have to be for work, and now it's a lot easier. I feel like I have the best of both worlds.
"I have the mad city life and the visits to the theatre, but then you have the quieter wellness-focused lifestyle in the country."
Aoibhin and John have joined forces to create a new charity called Elevate, aimed at improving mental health among secondary school students.
"It's back to business now. I'm busy in terms of what Dancing With The Stars has opened up, and there's some interesting things in the pipeline," said Aoibhin.
"I've been organising wellness events in the west of Ireland and we have two in August, and Elevate is full steam ahead.
"We're hoping to roll that out in September when the schools are back."
While acting is her bread and butter, Aoibhin hopes to spread her wings in the near future and has hinted at a few upcoming projects with RTE and TV3.
"There's no reason why you can't do both and keep fingers in both pies," she said. "The theatre is where I trained and what I loved, but I love the idea of working on other things I'm passionate about.
"There's loads of things I would like to sink my teeth into. I would like to do more presenting work, that's something that's definitely on my radar."