Monday 11 December 2017

I didn’t think I’d have children, says RTE star Claire Byrne

Claire Byrne
Claire Byrne
Claire Byrne pictured at Number 10, Ormond Quay.
Claire sought her mother's advice on returning to work.
Claire Byrne who has returned to work in RTE.
Claire Byrne at RTE for her return to Primetime following maternity leave. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Claire Byrne pictured for Sunday Independent. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 29/8/13
Claire Byrne with her fiance Gerry Scollan

Eimear Rabbitte

RTE star Claire Byrne has opened up about her first pregnancy and admitted that she thought she would never have kids.

The TV and radio presenter gave birth to son Patrick last year, her first child with fiance Gerry Scollan.

However, the 38-year-old said that before she met Gerry, she had come to terms with the idea that she would never have children.

“I wasn't looking for it,” said the Prime Time host.

“I'd reached a point at 36, where I had decided that it probably wasn't going to happen.

“I wasn't going to have children and that was fine. Because I thought there was no point in me going down that path. I'd seen friends where it had dominated and dictated their relationships, that fear and worry around the biological clock.

“So I told myself, that chance had gone and it's OK.”

Claire was 30 when she divorced her husband of three years, Richard Johnson. She then entered another relationship which lasted five years.

Not expecting to meet Gerry, Claire said she had reached a point in her life where she was happy alone and described her year as a single 36-year-old as “the perfect place to be”.

“I'd gone through a great period of being on my own and ‘finding myself'. “I was really enjoying myself.”

Claire thought it would be too late for her to start a family and did not expect to meet someone and fall pregnant so quickly.

“It can be difficult not to go around looking at men as the potential father of your children, but I was very practical about it,” she said.


“I thought it's not going to happen for me. I'm 36, its going to take a while for me to meet someone and then to get to a point where we're ready to have children and then to get pregnant.

“And then none of it took long at all.”

After meeting Gerry in December 2011, the couple immediately hit it off and got engaged in March 2013 before welcoming son Patrick into the world last October.

Because she is on a contract with RTE, she returned from maternity leave in January, after just 12 weeks.

Claire is currently dividing her time between Prime Time twice a week, Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One once a week and her weekend radio show Saturday with Claire Byrne.

While they are blissfully happy, the couple are in no rush to finalise wedding plans and have said that they are enjoying their engagement.

Irish Independent

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