Sunday 17 December 2017

Aisling O'Loughlin: 'I'd rather be with kids than A-listers'

Aisling O'Loughlin who has launched her own website, Exquisite.ie. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Aisling O'Loughlin who has launched her own website, Exquisite.ie. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Aisling O'Loughlin pictured with Nick MacInnes, and their sons Louis (three), Joseph (seven months) and Patrick (five)
Aisling O'Loughlin on Xpose
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Aisling O'Loughlin has said she does not miss TV3 because the long hours were "not sustainable" for a working mum.

She was dropped from the magazine show Xpose after nearly 10 years while she was on maternity leave with her third baby.

Now that the dust has settled and she has moved into her new role running her online magazine Exquisite.ie, she said she has no regrets about leaving the show.

"No, in the sense that I see the Xpose girls and see them tearing around from Billy to Bob," she said. "I was that solider for nearly 16 years and it's a long time.

Aisling O'Loughlin pictured with Nick MacInnes, and their sons Louis (three), Joseph (seven months) and Patrick (five)
Aisling O'Loughlin pictured with Nick MacInnes, and their sons Louis (three), Joseph (seven months) and Patrick (five)

"This is the first time in 16 years that I've sat down and it was quiet. It's really weird and it's really nice.

"I'm enjoying not having to be somewhere. It's very different and very nice to be with the children. They're getting a lot out of it and they're thriving."

Aisling, who has three boys, said that before the Xpose changes she had looked to do new projects with TV3 because the show's hours were not ideal for her.

"I had a really good 10 years on Xpose and had a really interesting time in news. I can use all of that down the line. It's not a waste," she said.

Aisling O'Loughlin on Xpose
Aisling O'Loughlin on Xpose

"Something's had to give. I was trying to get off Xpose.

"I was supposed to do Life and a few other things, like documentaries, and nothing ever took off.

"So it was getting frustrating as well. Then I'd start saying no to things, because it ended up with me going, 'Is there any major A-lister there that I'd prefer to be with rather than being at home with my kids?' And no.

"It got to the level where I'd just want to go home. It's always tough on working mums."

Looking to the future, Aisling has signed up for this year's Vhi Women's Mini-Marathon on June 5, which she'll be running to raise funds for Barretstown Children's Charity.

"Every time I take part, it's the most amazing occasion. When you're in the middle of it, everybody is there to say they care. It's one of the best days in the calendar."

She added that Barrets- town was a "wonderful charity" for anybody with sick kids.

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