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.
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.