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Being a parent is tough, I'm happy Frank is back

Our daughter Farah is one and I have to admit, juggling being a parent with work is tough.

I'm lucky enough that I have a great support system in Frank - from the cooking and cleaning to everything to do with childcare, we share everything.

However, Frank is in the Army and when he was in Syria a few months ago, I really got an insight into what it's like to be on your own.

I have a massive respect for single mothers now because I've seen how hard it is to have to do everything by yourself, it was really difficult.

I'm delighted that Frank is back now - not just because he helps out with the housework, but to have him here again, safe and sound, is such a relief.

It was such a worry before he left because I really didn't know what to expect - not many Irish troops had been sent to Syria.


Once I learned more about what they were going there to do and their training, though, I felt more confident about him leaving.

He's home now and luckily there are no plans for him to leave again.

Obviously, he wants to stay at home and be with Farah.

Comic Oliver Callan has announced that he will return to Dublin's Olympia Theatre for a one-off show this autumn.

The award-winning impressionist will perform at the venue on Friday, September 18.

From Enda Kenny to 'The Notorious' Conor McGregor, the Nob Nation creator will entertain crowds with his take on some of Ireland's best-known politicians and celebs.

"I don't think anyone in Government or public life would be happy to be included in my show, but it's all in the spirit of good fun and a great night's entertainment with lots of comedy and music," the Callan Kicks star said in the announcement.

Tickets go on sale next Friday, May 22, at 9am.

New acts for Forbidden

More acts have been added to this year's Forbidden Fruit line up.

East India Youth, Tei Shi and Kowton have been added to the bill for the Dublin festival, which takes place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham from May 29-31.