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TV star Maura's festive joy with new baby


Maura Derrane.

Maura Derrane.

Maura Derrane.

TV presenter Maura Derrane has revealed that having her first baby at the age of 43 was the highlight of her year.

"It was such a big deal for me, especially since I was that bit older having him. "It's been life changing," she said.

The TV star is looking forward to spending her first Christmas with baby Cal and Fine Gael TD husband John Deasy.

"It's our first Christmas with the bambino so we're going to go to Dungarvan where John is from and then to the Aran Islands to my family," she said.

"We're so lucky because he's a very chilled baby and doesn't mind travelling at all.

"Of course we'll bring him to see Santa even though he's probably too young to get it, but it has to be done."

The RTE star is hoping to see her career go from strength to strength next year.

"The show is great, Daithi and I have really cemented our on-screen relationship and we're a strong team now and it's solid," she said.

While Maura wants to go further in her career, she says little Cal is now the couple's top priority.

"The most important thing is Cal and that he's well and happy and really, I can't think beyond that," she said.