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Grainne's doing fine after marriage split says close pal Maura

TV presenter Maura Derrane has been lending her support to close pal Grainne Seoige since news of Grainne's marriage split broke.

Afternoon Show host Maura explained how she has been in constant contact with her best friend since her break-up with husband of eight years Stephen Cullinane hit the headlines last month.

"Grainne's doing very well, I was talking to her the other day and she's in great form," Maura explained.

"I couldn't really say any more than that, I think that there's been enough said already and it wouldn't be right as it's their private business."

Maura also admitted she had no idea her friend and fellow TV host Colette Fitzpatrick was expecting.

"I'm absolutely delighted for Colette," she told the Diary.

"I sent her a text the other day to congratulate her. She did a great job at keeping her pregnancy a secret; none of us had any idea."

But Maura, who celebrated her fifth wedding anniversary to Fine Gael TD John Deasy in May, is adamant that we won't be hearing the pitter-patter of tiny feet in their household anytime soon.

The glamorous broadcaster insists that she won't be following Colette's lead and combining motherhood with her career this year.

Maura (40), who proved to be a big hit with viewers on the Afternoon Show last season, explained how she is going to have her hands full with television work over the coming months given that she's just about to start filming a third series of TG4's Feirm Factor.

"I've no plans for anything like that right now though. I'm too busy with work. I'll be travelling around the country working on Feirm Factor for the next two months.

"Besides I don't think it's something you really plan, it happens when the time is right," she said.

Maura went on to explain how she's hopeful that she will be returning to the small screen for another run co-hosting the Afternoon Show from next autumn.

"I've been reading lots of stuff in the papers but I can honestly say I've had no calls," she said.

"I loved the last year and it suited me very well. I'd jump at the chance to do another season but it may not happen. That's the way the freelance world works.

"When I left Ireland AM I had no expectations. I knew I was leaving a permanent job in TV3 but that's a chance you take. I'm a great believer in what's for you won't pass you."

The glamorous broadcaster was speaking last night at the launch of the Renault Megane Coupe Cabriolet, which she hosted at the exclusive Ice Bar at the Four Seasons hotel in Ballsbridge.

Among the guests who attended the event were Sinead Desmond, Emma Buckley, Aidan Cooney and Andrea Roche.

Invitees enjoyed plenty of special entertainment on the night in the form of some hunky topless waiters, a range of cocktails and Swarovski crystal giveaways.


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