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Male listeners told Morning Ireland presenter Aine Lawlor she sounded like their nagging wives

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Aine Lawlor. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Aine Lawlor. Photo: Brian McEvoy

RTE presenter and cancer survivor Aine Lawlor speaks at the 9th International Cancer Conference in Trinity College, Dublin.
Photo: Damien Eagers.

RTE presenter and cancer survivor Aine Lawlor speaks at the 9th International Cancer Conference in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers.

 RTE presenter and cancer survivor Aine Lawlor with Arona Romeri (4) at the launch of Boots Night  Walks for Night Nurses which takes place on  September 24. The initiative raises funds for  the Irish Cancer Society's  Night Nursing Service

RTE presenter and cancer survivor Aine Lawlor with Arona Romeri (4) at the launch of Boots Night Walks for Night Nurses which takes place on September 24. The initiative raises funds for the Irish Cancer Society's Night Nursing Service

Aine Lawlor. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Aine Lawlor may have honed her broadcasting skills in her thirty year career, but she was not always as popular with her listeners.

The Dublin woman was at the helm of the country’s most listened to breakfast show, Morning Ireland, from 1984 to 2011.

Previously, she cut her teeth as a radio and television journalist with the national broadcaster. But nothing could prepare her for the scathing criticism of the show’s listeners.

“When I started Morning Ireland I got letters of complaint from men who said I sounded just like their wives nagging them first thing in the morning,” she recalled.

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The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees are pictured here, from left, Aine Lawlor, RTE Radio , Walter Love, BBC Radio Ulster, Paul Claffey, Mid West Radio, and Tony Fenton Today FM. Picture credit: Iain White

The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees are pictured here, from left, Aine Lawlor, RTE Radio , Walter Love, BBC Radio Ulster, Paul Claffey, Mid West Radio, and Tony Fenton Today FM. Picture credit: Iain White

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The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees are pictured here, from left, Aine Lawlor, RTE Radio , Walter Love, BBC Radio Ulster, Paul Claffey, Mid West Radio, and Tony Fenton Today FM. Picture credit: Iain White

Lawlor (54) announced she was leaving the show in October 2011 she was battling breast cancer. "That's all from me for a while as I'm taking a break for medical treatment. Thanks to all of you who have listened over the past 16 years,” she told her loyal listeners.

The mum-of-four returned to the airwaves the following year.

“Later, I got letters from men saying they listened to me while in the shower. I think it’s evened out now,” she concluded.

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