Mairead Ronan gushes over family life: 'Dara is absolutely mad about his baby sister'
Broadcaster Mairead Farrell has revealed her four-month-old daughter is the apple of her nine-year-old son's eye.
The Today FM producer (36) gave birth to daughter Eliza last September, her first child with husband Louis, and she said her eldest son, from her former marriage, is thrilled to finally have a sibling.
"Dara is in love with her, absolutely mad about her," said Mairead. "He used to always want to go to school early to play with the lads in the yard, and now he's very much getting to school at three minutes to nine because he's staying at home to play with Eliza. They have a lovely relationship."
The Ireland's Fittest Family Host said Eliza came as a surprise as she said she "never thought" she would meet someone else after her marriage breakdown or have another child.
But the family are happier than ever and the popular tv personality gushed over the new arrival.
"She's thriving. Two-and-a half months now and she's doing all the things a baby is supposed to do. Cries a bit, laughs a bit, feeds a lot. She's sleeping more now, thank God," Mairead said.
Ronan recently teamed up with pal Debbie Lawless last year to create hairbrushes to suit all hair types, priced from €43.99 and is riding high on the its popularity in the run-up to the festive season.
"We're very happy with the sales. It's actually one of the top sellers in Cara pharmacy. It took us the guts of a year to put it together, around 10 months," she added.
"We could always have rushed it, but we thought we should perfect it and not bring it out until we were really happy."
The mother-of-two said it was her struggle to tame her unruly hair that motivated her to create a brush for other women.
"Over the years I realised I can't afford to get a blow-dry every second day in the salon," she said.
"I had loads of different brushes myself and I decided to pull them all apart and take the bristle from one and the handle from another.
"One that would work on thin hair and thick hair and also one that would work on extensions because a lot of Irish women wear extensions now."
"We're looking at something new around April next year, but we haven't signed off on it yet - but it will definitely be hair-related," she said.