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Saturday 23 August 2014

Mairead Farrell wants a bigger family

Published 17/06/2013 | 12:53

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Mairead Farrell
Mairead Farrell

"There's life in the old dog yet," she jokes

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SHE has her hands full with radio shows, TV gigs and a six-year-old son.

But Today FM host Mairead Farrell says she would love to have kids with her partner, Louis Ronan.

"I hope to have more," she said. "I think there's eight years left in this old dog yet.

"It would be nice to have a little brother or sister for Dara to play with. But not that soon."

Mairead (31) and her former husband, marketing executive Eamon Fitzpatrick, welcomed their son Dara into the world in 2007.

The pair went their separate ways in 2010, but they have remained on good terms. Mairead has been with Louis since 2011.

She says she cannot believe how quickly Dara is growing up.

"Dara is six now. I don't feel old enough to have a job for six years, let alone a child," she said.

"He's is extremely tall and extremely hungry. He's a typical man. I think I'm going to have to get a second full-time job just to keep him fed," she joked.

While other TV and radio stars are eager to hot foot it to the bright lights of LA and London, Mairead says she has no intention of moving further afield.

"I would never go to the UK," she said. "I couldn't. I don't think it's something I would have ever seriously considered. I'm too much of a home bird."

Mairead says she is happy working away Today FM's Ray D'Arcy Show with the long-standing radio team.

"It's nearly 12 years and no one has ever left the show," she said. "We've had people come on board, but no one leaves -- which is weird but a good sign."

Mairead has done a variety of work on RTE over the past few years, including documentary Hello Baby, Bye-Bye Body but says this year she'll be taking things more slowly.

"No I'm not doing any TV at the moment. I had a few ideas in for Reality Bites but RTE didn't pick up the phone."

And her flagship show Celebrity Banisteoir is on a hiatus till next year.

"Banisteoir is not happening during the summer," she said.

"It has been moved -- it's now supposed to follow The Voice next year. So instead of shooting it in the glorious summer where the GAA pitches will look lush and green, it's going to be shot in lashings of rain."

But Mairead says she has several exciting TV projects in the pipeline.

"I am in for something but I can't say too much. It's an exciting show," she said. "But you never know."

As seen in The Herald; Herald.ie

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