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Miriam O'Callaghan: 'It never entered my head to change my maiden name'

Published 03/11/2015 | 09:27

Miriam O’Callaghan
Miriam O’Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan and husband Steve Carson
Miriam O'Callaghan on RTE Radio
Miriam O'Callaghan at The IFTA Awards 2015 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel

RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan has said she never considered changing her maiden name after marriage as it "didn't even enter her head."

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While the surname debate wages on among Irish women, prompted by celebrities such as Mairead Ronan (nee Farrell) and Dawn O'Porter, the Prime Time host said she "understands" the decision, but it's simply not for her.

"It never entered my head to change my name," she told Woman's Way magazine.

"Funny enough, all my sisters are the same. It wasn't as if my mother was a mad feminist or anything. She was a school principal, but she changed her name when she got married. I'm very much a beleiver in doing what's right for you.

Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan

"I would never think changing a name would be a good or a bad idea for anyone else, but I'm so pleased I never changed my name, O'Callaghan is a solid Irish name."

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Miriam has been married to Steve Carson, the former Head of Programmes at RTE and current Head of BBC Northern Ireland, for 20 years.

The mother-of-eight said she never grew up with the ambition of being a journalist,

Miriam O'Callaghan and husband Steve Carson
Miriam O'Callaghan and husband Steve Carson

"I never thought about being a journalist," she explained.

"People who say, 'When I was 12, I wanted to be a journalist', always amaze me. I just studied law because of good results and I didn't like blood, so I couldn't face medicine.

"I qualified and worked as a solicitor for a few years after that."

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