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I'm expecting a baby girl, reveals Fair City's Rachel

FAIR CITY star Rachel Sarah Murphy has revealed that she is pregnant with her first child, and it's a girl.

The flame-haired actress told the Diary that she is really excited about the arrival of her baby, due in January, and she has already named her.

"I am five months pregnant. It's a girl and I've already named her Lolly, she'll be born at the end of January.

"She's big for her age, and I'm showing my big bump now," she said.


The actress admitted that she's still hard at work on the set of Fair City, where her character Jo Fahey is stuck in the middle of a love affair.

Rachel says that as well as running her acting school, The Irish Film Academy, she is still working full time on the RTE soap.

"I'm really busy with the story on the show and it's reaching the climax now. I'm working on Fair City and I'm running the acting school at the same time, so I'm still doing everything.

"No one has been able to see the bump on the show, we have been trying to hide it very carefully, but now everyone will know," she said.

But with the baby due in the New Year, Cork native Rachel says she will be taking a few months off from the soap to relax with her new bundle of joy.

"I'm going to take a few months out after December, I have a place down in Cobh in Cork so I plan to take some time out there," she admitted.

Rachel made the comments while attending The People of The Year Awards this weekend. The star admitted this is the first event she has been to since the happy news.

"I haven't been going to any events in the last few months, this is the first one in a long time. I only came to this because the People of The Year Awards are something I really believe in.

"I have been an ambassador for Rehab for a long time. This ceremony is always an important one. It's ordinary people doing really amazing things," she explained.

Also gracing the red carpet this weekend was a host of TV and radio stars.

Attending the special night was Miriam O'Callaghan, Ray Foley, Lottie Ryan, Jean Byrne, Brendan Courtney, Sonya Lennon, Joe Duffy, Jennifer Maguire and Mary Byrne, who performed on the night.