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Maura Derrane: I don’t regret having my baby at 43, but now I’m too old for another child

Published 20/04/2015 | 11:55

Maura Derrane
Maura Derrane
John and Maura Deasy

While she doesn't regret coming to motherhood later in life, RTE's Maura Derrane feels it would have been nice to give her son a sibling.

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The Today host welcomed her son Cal in May 2014 when she was 43 years old.

“I never really appreciated what parenting meant until I had Cal,” the presenter admitted to The RTE Guide. “You can read all the books you want - forget it, you might as well burn them in the bonfire.

“Nothing can prepare you for another person that you’re totally responsible for. I think it’s brilliant, I love it, but it’s a juggling act."

Maura Derrane was 43 when she gave birth to her first child
Maura Derrane was 43 when she gave birth to her first child

When her son was four months old, Derrane made the decision to return to work on the popular afternoon show with co-presenter Daithí Ó Sé. The Galway native revealed that she has a “very good child minder” who helps look after Cal, which made things a lot easier.

“Also I have a very quiet child,” she laughed. “I think the Lord looked upon me and took pity, ‘she’s over 40, I won’t give her a screamer.’”

Maura Derrane and her husband John Deasy
Maura Derrane and her husband John Deasy

“I didn’t feel guilty about it, the job was there, the show was coming back and if I didn’t go back it would have gone ahead without me. I don’t regret it for a second.”

Now 44, Maura reveals that Cal is a very happy, balanced baby, and she is already looking forward to spending some quality time with him this summer when filming ends for the season.

Maura Derrane
Maura Derrane

“He’s nearly a year now so he’s all personality,” she said. “He’s a witty little thing. He’s mild natured like John but has a devilish streak in him like me which kind of scares me!”

On the subject of baby number two, Maura maintains that it is not a possibility for her and her Fine Gael TD husband, John Deasy.

Maura Derrane
Maura Derrane

“Now that he’s a bit older and I think about it, it would have been nice to have another child. I mean I’m not going to, I’m too old.”

“I can’t believe I never thought I had any free time before Cal. In fact I had loads of it. I don’t know what I did with myself...it could be my age as well, I’ve gone through life, I’ve lived and I feel confident in myself and where I’m going and that includes Cal.”

Kevin McGahern serenades Maura Derrane and Daithi O'Se on the Today Show
Kevin McGahern serenades Maura Derrane and Daithi O'Se on the Today Show

Maura co-presents the Today show, hosted every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on RTE One.

“Daithí and I do actually get on well so that helps things. Three years into it now we’re very much settled as a television couple.

“We’re very different people - Daithí’s more of a joker than me. With my journalistic background, I really like news and human interest stories which I wish we covered more of.

Maura, who cut her teeth as a news reporter and spent ten years as a journalist, admits that sometimes she misses the adrenaline rush of breaking news. But for now, she is happy and content with the buzz of working on the show, which is broadcast live from Cork.

“I feel I’m part of the Cork scene now, I’m even starting to get a bit of a Cork accent, someone pulled me up on it the other day - I couldn’t believe it!”

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