Monday 16 October 2017

TV3 star Anna Daly reveals she and husband Ben are 'ships in the night' due to hectic work schedules

Anna Daly
Anna Daly
Anna Daly
Anna Daly and her son James. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Anna Daly & husband Ben Ward
Anna Daly and husband Ben Ward
Anna Daly, with son Euan, at the launch of Mothercare Autumn Winter 2016 at The Science Gallery in Trinity College

Sean O'Grady

Anna Daly has admitted the hardest part about her work with TV3 means that she and her husband have to spend lots of time apart.

The Weekend AM presenter said she and husband of eight years Ben Ward have been like "ships passing in the night" as he works during the week and she is in Ballymount on the weekends.

"The hardest part, I suppose, is the sacrifice of being away from your family at the weekends," she said.

"My husband works during the week and is at home with the kids and then I'm at work at the weekends, our working weeks are different. It can be tricky sometimes. I work Thursday to Sunday," she said.

Anna Daly and husband Ben Ward
Anna Daly and husband Ben Ward

"I'm jumping between home and work. The hardest part about it is probably for my husband. We are like ships passing in the night."

Daly previously worked midweek as a presenter on Ireland AM before joining the weekend version of the popular morning programme in 2015. The couple have three children together - James (six), Euan (four) and Reece (nine months) - and she credits her rock-solid relationship to the fact that they don't see each other enough.

"A sense of humour, I think that's what he would say as well. Ben is funnier than me, he's very dry," she added.

"We met through a friend of ours that I went to college with and someone who he grew up with. It was the old-fashioned way."

Anna Daly and her son James. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Anna Daly and her son James. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan

But their upcoming holiday in Portugal will be just about the two of them.

The mother-of-three added that her home life has become more hectic than ever after welcoming little Reece to the family.

"It's full on, it's really full on. You think you have it full on when you have two and then a third comes along. It's about the support you get from your husband and your family and everyone just helping out and jumping in and making things easier," she said at the launch of Mothercare's Autumn/Winter collection.

"They are all their own little person but there are some traits that run through them all. It's good fun to see who is like who - I just blame all the bad traits on my husband."

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