Saturday 18 November 2017

'I get stressed if I don't see him' - Aoibhin Garrihy on spending too much time away from husband John Burke

John Burke and Aoibhin Garrihy at the 2015 People of the Year Awards organised by Rehab and held in RTE. Picture: Robbie Reynolds
John Burke and Aoibhin Garrihy at the 2015 People of the Year Awards organised by Rehab and held in RTE. Picture: Robbie Reynolds
Aoibhin Garrihy & boyfriend John Burke at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House
Aoibhin Garrihy welcomes home husband John Burke. Picture: Arthur Ellis
Aoibhin Garrihy and husband John Burke at the VIP Style Awards 2015
Aoibhin Garrihy at the World Premiere of Angela's Ashes the Musical at the Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Aoibhin Garrihy at the launch of the Urban Decay Troublemaker mascara at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Aoibhin Garrihy was one of the judges of the Best Dressed Lady competition at the Galway Races. Picture: Tony Gavin
Aoibhin Garrihy and John Burke at the #3Disco area at Electric Picnic. PictureBrian McEvoy

Sean O'Grady

Aoibhin Garrihy is enjoying married life so much that she feels "stressed" if she has to spend too much time away from husband John Burke.

The former Fair City actress married the hotelier in Co Clare last year and after a tough period apart while he was climbing Mount Everest, the pair are glad to finally be together again.

Aoibhin Garrihy and John Burke at the #3Disco area at Electric Picnic. PictureBrian McEvoy
Aoibhin Garrihy and John Burke at the #3Disco area at Electric Picnic. PictureBrian McEvoy

"I think I get stressed if I doesn't see him for a couple of weeks – because we always keep the lines of communication open," she said.

"It certainly hasn't been a difficult year at all and if every year is like this we are in for a real adventure."

Aoibhin, from Castleknock, has since moved down to Clare since she and John wed and she travels to the capital for work.

"I was in denial after making the decision to get on the Naas Road and head for the West three years ago.

Aoibhin Garrihy welcomes home husband John Burke. Picture: Arthur Ellis
Aoibhin Garrihy welcomes home husband John Burke. Picture: Arthur Ellis

"For a while, I thought it didn't make career sense because the work was in the Pale or across the pond in London or New York.

"Sometimes you need to find balance and be honest and truthful with yourself. I am happier and I feel such a sense of ease in Clare and self-care is really important," she said.

Finding fame as Neasa on Fair City, Aoibhin has not ruled out a return to the soap in the future, despite the "all-consuming" nature of the show.

"Neasa DIllon is alive, she is not dead, so that's good and I am open to whatever lands in my lap," she told RSVP magazine.

"Fair City is quite time consuming, that's the only thing I will say, and you are married to your role.

"It works so fast and you have to be on-call nearly all of the time. But who knows what will happen down the line?"

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