Friday 15 November 2019

Mairead Farrell: Television work isn't enough to pay the bills

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Mairead Farrell on her hen. Pamela Blake/Twitter
Mairead Farrell/Twitter
Mairead Farrell photographed by Kip Carroll
Mairead Farrell photographed by Kip Carroll
Mairead Farrell gives a nod to old school elegance in her Dawn Fitzgerald pale yellow dress.

Elaine McCahill

She's a familiar face on our TV screens, but Mairead Farrell has revealed that radio is where she plans to stay as television roles are too hard to come by.

The broadcaster (35), who is a co-producer on Today FM's Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show, admitted that while she loves working in TV, her "office" job on the airwaves is more stable.

She's currently hosting TV3's Seven O'Clock Show every Friday and is gearing up to record RTE's latest series of Ireland's Fittest Family, but Mairead said that her presenting work alone isn't enough to pay the bills.

"I have TV things going, which are fun, but radio is always where I'll be more," she told the Diary.

"There's not enough TV gigs in this country," she said.

"For example, with Ireland's Fittest Family, it runs for eight weeks in the summer, but eight Sundays in a year isn't going to pay the mortgage.

"With radio, I go into the office every day like any other office job, albeit a little more fun," she added.

Since leaving her gig on Ray D'Arcy's old Today FM show to produce the station's morning slot, bride-to-be Mairead said she has been reaping the benefits of starting work so early in both her family life and her health.

"I'm up early every morning for work, so I'm finished in the afternoon. I get to pick up my son Dara from school, which is great," she explained. "I'm also probably a lot healthier because of it because I don't go out for lunch anymore - I bring a packed one with me because lunch to me is in the morning now.

"It's weird, you get into a rhythm of things and if you have to get up that early you have to be super-organised, so every night I pick out what I'm wearing and have everything laid out.

"I'm living like a caveman - I'm up really early, eating really well and going to bed early," she joked.

The broadcaster has a busy few months ahead of her as she prepares to wed fiance Louis Ronan in June, but insists that she isn't stressed about her summer nuptials just yet.

"The wedding planning is going well," she said.

"We're nearly there but I do think we're probably still going to be doing things the week of it.

"We've all the main things done like food, music and the dress - all those boxes have been ticked.

"I'm really looking forward to it, we're really excited."

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