Pamela Flood and Ronan Ryan on clawing their way back from the depths of the recession
Presenter Pamela Flood has opened up about her "world imploding" when she and husband Ronan Ryan's careers were "walloped by the recession" in 2008.
The former Miss Ireland was enjoying a high-flying presenting career, hot off the heels of hosting Off The Rails on RTE for seven years and was all set to front a new series, Marry Me.
However, just months later, the work dried up due to budget cuts and her then new-boyfriend Ronan's restaurants were facing financial struggles - South closed in 2008, and Bridge folded and Town went into examinership in 2009.
The couple were dating for only three months when their careers both took a turn for the worse.
"I suppose our honeymoon period was over in three months, which wasn't fair, but they were three magical months," she told Andrea Smith in the Sunday Independent's Living supplement, out today.
"I smugly thought that my career wouldn't be affected because people still have to watch TV, but I was so wrong. Our worlds imploded together and they were testing times, to put it mildly. If only one person's business is going down, the other can be the strong one who supports them, but when it's happening to both at the same time, it causes a lot of hardship."
But the blonde beauty, who wed her long-term love in a low key ceremony in Dublin last year, said that they have come out the other end and are stronger for the adversities they faced during the recession.
"That can put a strain on a couple, especially a newbie one, but as tough as things have been for us, and especially for Ronan, we've come through it together, and we're both better individually and better as a couple," she added.
The couple are expecting their third child together.