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Working mum Lucy Kennedy knows the importance of date nights

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Chatty host Lucy Kennedy tells Andrea Smith she couldn't be happier after defecting from national broadcaster.

Chatty host Lucy Kennedy tells Andrea Smith she couldn't be happier after defecting from national broadcaster.

Chatty host Lucy Kennedy tells Andrea Smith she couldn't be happier after defecting from national broadcaster.

Working parents can find it hard to fit time in for romance but TV3's Lucy Kennedy is a believer that date night is a must.

The mum-of two revealed that she finds it strange to think of alone time with her husband, Richard, as 'date night' but knows that it is something she must make time for.

"As wonderful and amazing as having babies is, they do tend to put a stop to intimacy and romance for awhile," she told Mummypages.ie.

But while romance is traded for domestic bliss, the Ballymount host admits she wouldn't trade her family life for the world.

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Lucy Kennedy

Lucy Kennedy

Lucy Kennedy

It is not without challenges, however.

"It's funny though, because even though Richard and I live under the same roof, at times we are like ships passing in the night.

"When we do finally get a chance to sit down together, we're wrecked."

To ensure their 15-year relationship is kept in tip-top shape, the couple strive to make time for each each other whenever possible.

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The presenter, whose 2fm slot with Baz Ashmawy was axed last month because of RTE cuts, welcomed a daughter Holly in April. She and her husband Richie Governey are already parents to 3-year-old Jack.

The presenter, whose 2fm slot with Baz Ashmawy was axed last month because of RTE cuts, welcomed a daughter Holly in April. She and her husband Richie Governey are already parents to 3-year-old Jack.

The presenter, whose 2fm slot with Baz Ashmawy was axed last month because of RTE cuts, welcomed a daughter Holly in April. She and her husband Richie Governey are already parents to 3-year-old Jack.

The 38-year-old has previously spoken out about the guilt she faces leaving her two children Holly and Jack when she heads to work.

"Like a lot of working mothers outside the home, I have a job that I can't just leave, unless of course it was an emergency.

"But to be honest, when I wasn't working I felt guilty too. I felt guilty that I couldn't afford to give them all the things that I wanted to.

"I felt guilty that they were missing other small people and interaction. I felt guilty when I got grumpy from exhaustion and broken sleep. Let's face it, as mums, we just can't win."

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Lucy Kennedy at TV3s Autumn Schedule 2014 launch

Lucy Kennedy at TV3s Autumn Schedule 2014 launch

Lucy Kennedy at TV3s Autumn Schedule 2014 launch

"I found it very difficult and cried on my steering wheel in the car park leaving her

The Dubliner admitted that when she first left Holly at the creche when she started her role presenting Late Lunch, she was reduced to teats.

"I would imagine that she missed me less than I missed her," she said in hindsight.

"But she settled in, loved every single day and has never looked back. Thankfully for me and TV3, I'm the exact same."

"However, there are days when one of the children is sick or days when I'll miss events when I know that I just can't be there, or just days when they want to be with me and me with them.

"That's hard. I feel guilty - guilty that I can't physically be in two places at the same time, or guilty that I have to leave.

"I feel guilty that I don't have more hands or more time in the day. I feel guilty when I know they'd rather I collected them some days, but I can't.

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 Lucy Kennedy with her children Jack and Holly

Lucy Kennedy with her children Jack and Holly

Lucy Kennedy with her children Jack and Holly

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