Tuesday 24 October 2017

TV3 favourite Sybil Mulcahy taking redundancy after 16 years but says, 'I won't be staying at home with the kids'

SYBIL MULCAHY AT THE THIRD AGE CHARITY GIRLS NIGHT OUT AT HARVEY NICHOLS,DUNDRUM TOWN CENTRE Pic Brian McEvoyNo repro fee
SYBIL MULCAHY AT THE THIRD AGE CHARITY GIRLS NIGHT OUT AT HARVEY NICHOLS,DUNDRUM TOWN CENTRE Pic Brian McEvoyNo repro fee
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Popular TV3 broadcaster Sybil Mulcahy is taking redundancy from TV3 after 16 years at the Ballymount station.

The 40-year-old mum of three has revealed she will stop working full-time after a five-week run of new show 'Life' although she will continue to work at TV3 on a freelance basis.

"Everybody is shocked in work, but I decided a while ago, I've been in TV3 for 16 years and I'm the longest serving female TV presenter at TV3 and I just kind of thought I've done every show practically and it's time now for a new project and a change to something else," she said.

Sybil started in news at TV3 before joining the Xpose team, then co-presenting The Morning Show with Martin King and then joining Midday.

"I just thought if I don't do it now I'll never do it and I'll still be in TV3 in ten years.  I know it's probably rare for someone to walk away from a presenting role but it's the right time."

However, the move has nothing to do with wanting to stay at home with her three children, aged 8, 6, and 2.

"First of all TV3 want me to stay on and do programmes for them," she says, "They asked me to do that so I said I would.  But I would go to other TV stations or make a move into radio.  I just don't know.  I need something to challenge me now, the right role."

She would have no problem moving to TV3 rival UTV Ireland.

"If they start doing Irish programmes - they're only doing a news service at the moment - but if they do a breakfast show or a 'Nationwide' or a chat show I'd be happy to chat to them."

She added, "I'm kind of excited and nervous.  I'm feeling ballsy, like, 'What's next?'"

Sybil has another month at TV3 and a five-week 'Life' programme broadcasting from February 20.  Beyond that she's open to offers.

"I just feel it's the right time to find something new.  Failing that I'll see the kids a lot more!"

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