Monday 5 December 2016

'People were talking about my fat belly, so I had to reveal my baby news,' says Mairead Ronan

Published 06/04/2016 | 07:36

Mairead Ronan on RTE's On The Farm and (inset) with husband Louis Ronan on their wedding day last summer
Mairead Ronan on RTE's On The Farm and (inset) with husband Louis Ronan on their wedding day last summer
Mairead Farrell & son Dara Fitzpatrick
Mairead Ronan on RTE's On The Farm
Mairead Farrell
Mairead Farrell and Louis Ronan pictured after getting married in Tipperary. Picture Dylan Vaughan.

Mairead Ronan has revealed people taunted her about her weight when she was in fact pregnant.

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The popular Today FM producer (35) – who’s expecting a baby with husband Louis Ronan in late summer – set tongues wagging on social media when she hosted a segment on RTE’s Big Week On The Farm on Monday.

A small number of Twitter users accused Mairead of having a “bloated face” and “piling on the pounds”.

“Is she really the presenter of Ireland’s fittest family?” said one cruel social media user.

Mairead Farrell
Mairead Farrell

However, on the Ian Dempsey Show Mairead revealed the good news behind her fuller figure and mini-bump – she is pregnant with her second child. She is already mum to nine-year-old son Dara.

“They were talking about my belly, which most definitely isn’t a beer belly –as I haven’t had alcohol for a while because I’m pregnant,” she told Ian on Tuesday.

Read more: Today FM star Mairead Ronan announces baby news with husband Louis

She joked how she was “only going to get fatter” as the months progressed, as she is due to give birth in the late summer.  She said she was “very happy” and told Ian that the “majority” of the comments were nice ones.

Mairead Farrell & son Dara Fitzpatrick
Mairead Farrell & son Dara Fitzpatrick

Mairead first met businessman Louis through Jenny Kelly, Ray D’Arcy’s wife. Mairead – who married Louis in a ceremony near Clonmel, Co Tipperary last June – said their romance blossomed due to Facebook.

“We got chatting and Louis was lovely, but I didn’t think anything more of it,” she said.

“Then we kept bumping into each other, and he sent me a lovely Facebook message. He asked me out. For a long time, we just met for coffee and dinner. After a year with Louis, I knew he was really special and I wanted to get married again.

"He’s a complete old-school gentleman, very handsome and kind – and he healed my heart."

Mairead Farrell and Louis Ronan pictured after getting married in Tipperary.
Picture Dylan Vaughan.
Mairead Farrell and Louis Ronan pictured after getting married in Tipperary. Picture Dylan Vaughan.

Last Monday night saw her taking part in the Pull the Udder One challenge on RTE’s Big Week on the Farm, which saw her milking a cow for the first time.

“It it took me about 20 minutes to get my hand down there and into position because you have to talk to the cow a little and warm it up,” she said.

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