Tuesday 22 August 2017

'No one ever calls to our house... we don’t have any friends over there' - Ronan O'Gara's wife Jessica on life in Paris

Ronan O'Gara and his wife Jessica. Photo: Mark Condren
Ronan O'Gara and his wife Jessica. Photo: Mark Condren
Pictured: Ronan O'Gara and his wife Jessica Photographer: Will Oliver
Sport and style ambassadors Ronan and Jessica O'Gara at the launch of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend 2016 at O'Reilly Hall, UCD Photo: Arthur Carron
Leeside: Jessica Daly, pictured here with husband Ronan O'Gara,
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Ronan and Jessica O’Gara have opened up about their life in France, saying they haven’t made that many friends since they moved over in 2013.

The former Ireland international, who now works as a coach with Racing 92, is based in Paris with his wife Jessica and their five children.

Sport and style ambassadors Ronan and Jessica O'Gara at the launch of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend 2016 at O'Reilly Hall, UCD Photo: Arthur Carron
Sport and style ambassadors Ronan and Jessica O'Gara at the launch of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend 2016 at O'Reilly Hall, UCD Photo: Arthur Carron

But the couple have said that it hasn’t been the easiest settling-in period for them, with Jessica saying the Parisian women were “so unfriendly”.

“Not all of them. But the Parisians are worse than the rest of France and the rest of France would say that about the Parisians,” she said.

“There can be some ladies, mothers of kids in school, who I would say ‘Bonjour’ to and they would barely give you a smile.

“But then other ones would be very friendly. I would just always be nice anyway.”

Leeside: Jessica Daly, pictured here with husband Ronan O'Gara,
Leeside: Jessica Daly, pictured here with husband Ronan O'Gara,

Jessica, a primary school teacher, said their family unit had gotten stronger as a result because there are “no distractions” over there.

“It’s great for me,” said Ronan (39). “I go to work and I come home and no one ever calls to our house because we don’t have any friends over there.”

Pictured: Ronan O'Gara and his wife Jessica Photographer: Will Oliver
Pictured: Ronan O'Gara and his wife Jessica Photographer: Will Oliver

Speaking about his wife, he said: “Jessica is a great mother, she doesn’t try and get away from her kids.”

Their children initially struggled to fit in too, crying every morning for the first few months.

“It was awful. You’d see them going in the morning and they would be crying and they wouldn’t be talking to anyone, just standing on their own in the school yard,” she said.

Herald

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