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17/5/11 Lorraine Keane with daughters Emelia, age 7 and Romy, age 4 at the opening of the new Disney Store on Grafton Street, Dublin. Picture:Collins

17/5/11 Lorraine Keane with daughters Emelia, age 7 and Romy, age 4 at the opening of the new Disney Store on Grafton Street, Dublin. Picture:Collins

16/01/2012 Lorraine Keane at the first day rehears...16/01/2012 Lorraine Keane at the first day rehearsals of Girls Night The Musical at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Girls Night The Musical is on tour across Ireland from 1st February 2012 Including performances at The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin from 10th Ð 21st April. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

16/01/2012 Lorraine Keane at the first day rehears...16/01/2012 Lorraine Keane at the first day rehearsals of Girls Night The Musical at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Girls Night The Musical is on tour across Ireland from 1st February 2012 Including performances at The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin from 10th Ð 21st April. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

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17/5/11 Lorraine Keane with daughters Emelia, age 7 and Romy, age 4 at the opening of the new Disney Store on Grafton Street, Dublin. Picture:Collins

SHE dramatically walked away from her dream job to raise her two beautiful daughters.

But now mum-of-two Lorraine Keane says she's considering a return to working full-time.

Former Xpose anchor Lorraine, who is married to Peter Devlin and has Emelia (10) and Romy (7), admits she misses the red carpet.

"It's only really since the beginning of this year that I've thought 'I do miss it, I do miss that part of me'.

"But that makes me glad, too, because it's a privileged position to be in where I still like what I choose to be my career."

The Dubliner realised she was ready to resurrect her broadcasting career when her husband and musician Peter Devlin began presenting a weekend show on Radio Nova.

"He got that and I got a bit jealous," she admitted.

These days, Lorraine would prefer to be on our airwaves.

"It's such a strong medium, especially in this country, so I think yeah, a radio show might be a great idea. Now that I've had a life, I wonder what it would be like to go back working full-time again."

Lorraine was the face of TV3's flagship entertainment show Xpose. But the TV star left as she found the work schedule too demanding.

"Xpose wasn't just working full-time, it was overtime too," she said.

"It wasn't just Monday to Friday, there were things to cover at the weekend, because it was a monster to feed and it was under resourced for what it was.

"I was a wreck. And it was a case of be careful what you wish for because I had wanted that for so long."

"I was cross and I was stressed and even when I was with the kids I wasn't enjoying them.

"I was a wagon to Peter and I was horrible to be with. My career mattered to me, but if everything else was falling apart, then what was the point?"

Lorraine says the pressure to work as she did did not come from TV3 management – but from herself.

When her husband Peter landed work as a musical director on RTE programmes Class Act and The All-Ireland Talent Show, Lorraine saw the opportunity to make a change.

"I saw a gap and I squeezed through it because I could see that if I didn't the girls would suddenly be 12 and 15 and I'd be full of regret."

 

MUSICAL

Since Lorraine stepped down from Xpose, she has starred in a musical, wrote a book and does voice-over work.

She also gets the odd broadcasting gig – she has stood in for Claire Byrne on last year's The Daily Show and has worked on Newstalk.

But while contemplating a return to full-time work, hardworking Lorraine also admits that having another child is also something she is considering.

"We'll see. If it happened and I was pregnant, I wouldn't be disappointed at all," she said.

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