Aine makes her return after cancer battle

Alan O'Keeffe

RTE presenter Aine Lawlor is set to make a return to television after her battle with cancer.

She will report from the Bloom 2012 gardening and food event in Dublin next week.

And she is looking forward to returning to her high-profile presenting slot on the Morning Ireland radio show later this year.

Ms Lawlor has been making a steady recovery from breast cancer since undergoing treatment last October.

She will be teaming up with Claire Byrne for the half-hour RTE television programme being broadcast on June 1 from the Phoenix Park.

Claire, who will present the Friday evening programme, has been working alongside Aine's old colleagues on the top audience-puller Morning Ireland.

Mother-of-four Aine will report on some of the 27 show gardens to be featured in the exhibition of leading designs in a 70-acre site.

Aine is easing back into broadcasting. Her first foray before the microphones was a Morning Ireland report on the Irish diaspora on St Patrick's Day.

The garden show will be another "interim" undertaking as she prepares to return to full-time broadcasting "later this year", said an RTE spokeswoman.


Ms Lawlor told the Marian Finucane Show last month that she always thought cancer would hit her and was only surprised it had not happened sooner.

She said that her family had been hit with cancer several times, with her mother, grandmother and cousin all being diagnosed. Her mother died at just 47.

Ms Lawlor said she was 50 when she was told she had cancer and was surprised it hadn't happened sooner. "It was always something I thought was going to get me."

In an interview in April, she told listeners she hoped to be back on Morning Ireland as soon as she could over the summer.

"I have been told I am better now," Ms Lawlor said.

She underwent surgery and went on to participate in a drug trial for the disease.

She spoke about being nauseous at night when she was undergoing chemotherapy.

Ms Lawlor said everyone reacted differently to chemotherapy, but recalled a bright and cheerful place with "a lot of laughter" as people were treated in the clinic.

"But not everyone is going to get better and there is a whole sensitivity you have to be aware of," she said.