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Why comic Maeve Higgins not planning a return to Irish soil


Maeve Higgins

Maeve Higgins

Maeve Higgins

COMEDIENNE Maeve Higgins has no plans to return to Irish soil after relocating to New York last year.

The former Naked Camera star (33) moved Stateside in January 2014 and said she's enjoying every minute of it.

"I love it over there. I'm there a year on Saturday and it's brilliant. It's a great city to do comedy in," she told the Herald.

Despite being thousands of miles from home, the Cork woman confessed she's happy with just visiting Ireland for the foreseeable future.

"Maybe I will come back at some stage, but at the moment I'm happy in New York," she said. "I just got a new visa for the next three years and I have a regular show over there, so it's brilliant."

It seems the Cobh woman has no fear of taking the plunge, as she previously moved to London back in 2013, and believes New York is the perfect place to write a book.

"I'm writing a book of funny essays and New York is a great place to write in. I like stand-up and I think it's great but I really love writing," she said.

The comedy star confessed that it was easy getting to know the massive city thanks to popular American television shows and movies.

"It feels so familiar from films and TV shows. I live in Brooklyn and sometimes I'm walking in a completely new place thinking that I've been here before when I actually just recognise it from TV," she said. "There's a really nice familiarity about the place."

Speaking at the launch of the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon in association with the Herald yesterday, race ambassador Meave admitted that training for the competition will be tough in the harsh New York weather conditions.

"It's really, really cold in New York at the moment so I'm just going to be training indoors instead of running outside," she said.

"I'm hoping the organisers will give me, an ambassador, a head start. If they do, I'm pretty confident I can win," she joked.

Fellow race ambassador RTE's Louise Heraghty (32) revealed she's looking forward to the challenge.

"You just feel better if you get out there and run or exercise, and there's also a great social aspect to it," the fitness enthusiast said.