Popstar Una named Tipperary Woman of the Year
The Saturdays star Una Foden has revealed how she tried nursing and teaching before becoming a popstar.
The 34-year-old was back in her home town of Thurles, where she was crowned Tipperary Woman of the Year.
She revealed while she is taking time out to enjoy some precious time with her children and working on her own album, The Saturdays still have plans for the future.
Una was accompanied by her husband, rugby international Ben Foden, the couple's children Aoife (3) and Tadhg (four months) and her proud parents, John and Anne Healy.
She said she was humbled by the honour and that her heart is firmly in her home county.
“I couldn’t believe it when my mother rang me to tell me they had called to say that I had won this award. So I really am honoured,” said the singer, whose father is a local GP.
“Home is where the heart is and my heart is still definitely here.
"I move around so much because I am so busy with work and everything but I always still call Thurles home," said the singer.
So honoured to win this award thank you Network North Tipperary. https://t.co/FRo6MzII45— Una Foden (@UnaTheSats) June 6, 2015
“It’s where my family is and I still have loads of friends here. It’s where I went to school and it’s where all my influences were growing up.
“I love coming home and am very proud to be a Tipperary woman.”
Una admitted that being a successful popstar wasn't her first career choice.
"I did try out a few different things - nursing and primary school teaching," she said.
"But music never left me and it was always what I wanted to do so I went down that path and it's led me to where I am today."
Una said she has had a fantastic but busy year, being on The Voice of Ireland and becoming a mother for the second time.
“I’m just now settling back in my new home in Northhampton and we have a little boy who is only four months old,” she said.
“Primarily that’s what I am focused on at the moment, being a mum and loving every minute of it, but I am in the studio again soon also. "I’m writing a lot of music and putting together an album of my own.”
She maintained that the The Saturdays is still the Saturdays.
“We have lots of plans for the future but we are kind of doing our own thing for these few months,” she added.
“It’s kind of like what many other bands do, they take some time off and are still the band without breaking up but do their own thing for a little while and get back together and do tours and albums together as they want to.
“We’ve been together seven years so it’s definitely the time now that we can pursue different things for a short while but we are still very much the Saturdays.
“Right now, though, I’m just enjoying being a mum. It’s a very precious time.”
The Shannon Airport sponsored Network North Tipperary award was presented to Una at an event in her hometown.
Ms McGowan, President of Network North Tipp, said: "Una is an incredible role model for women in Tipperary.
“She had a dream, went for it and got there. Whether you are in music, sport or business of any kind, success won't happen unless you are as determined as Una is. She is a wonderful ambassador for our county and we are delighted she has accepted this award as our Tipperary Woman of the Year."