Aoibhin Garrihy reveals her next venture with husband John Burke
Aoibhin Garrihy has revealed that she and husband John, who's not long home from climbing Mount Everest, have a new venture planned for the coming months.
The former Fair City actress and the hotelier have decided to found a children's charity with the aim of going nationwide in the coming months.
"We've just set up a new charity together called Elevate," said Aoibhin.
"It was before John left for Everest. He had wanted to do it for ages and it was for something that is close to our hearts.
"It's going to be rolled out in schools from September -schools in Clare first and then hopefully farther afield.
"It will be focusing on mindfulness, yoga, the creative arts and the dangers of social media.
"It's in the developmental stages at the minute. John has nephews and nieces that he is very close to and he can see they're all glued to these gadgets. Kids are consumed by them."
While the couple may be prepared to work together on charitable causes, Aoibhin insisted she will never follow John into the hotel business.
"From a distance, I love the creative side of things. When it comes to refurbishments and website design or brochure designs, I love that side of things," she told the Diary.
"When it comes to mucking in and cleaning glasses, I'm not great in that department.
"We've worked together on events before."
Aoibhin took this month off work to spend time with her husband after his return from Nepal, where he became the first man from Clare to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
The Castleknock woman recently celebrated her 30th birthday, when she enjoyed a party with family and friends that was "planned and executed so brilliantly" by John.
"It's a bit of a milestone. We went kayaking and I jumped off one of the cliffs. It was a great day," she said.
Aoibhin, who hopes to return to acting in the coming months, revealed that she is currently in the middle of working on a number of projects she hopes will come to fruition.
"I'm busy with a few things and I'm very excited about them. I took the month of June to reassess things," she said.
Aoibhin is looking forward to watching next year's series of Dancing With The Stars, and advised the next crop of contestants to put in the effort.
"It's so exciting. I'm going to be so jealous of them," she said.
"I had a serious case of post-show blues - I really miss it. I would tell them to put in the hard work but enjoy it.
"I didn't have any dance experience. It was blood, sweat and tears, but it was a lot of fun."