Thursday 23 November 2017

Mairead Ronan: 'I've given up on buying my dream home'

Mairead Ronan
Mairead Ronan
Mairead Farrell and Louis Ronan pictured after getting married in Tipperary. Picture Dylan Vaughan.
Mairead and Louis Ronan
Mairead Farrell & son Dara Fitzpatrick
Mairead Ronan and Louise Duffy at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards at The Marker Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Mairead Farrell & son Dara Fitzpatrick
Mairead Ronan welcomed her first daughter in September Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM

Sean O'Grady

Mairead Ronan has admitted she and her husband Louis have “given up” on buying a house.

The couple currently rent in Dublin and the RTE presenter has previously said she is not the best at managing her finances.

The former Today FM presenter gave birth to daughter Eliza last September and the responsibility of looking after a young child, coupled with her hair brush business, has meant Mairead’s ambition of becoming a home owner has been put on the back burner.

"We’ve given up on that one. I’ve too many balls in the air right now to throw another one like that in. With Eliza, the dog, Dara, my little sports fanatic and the business? No," she said.

Mairead Farrell and Louis Ronan pictured after getting married in Tipperary.
Picture Dylan Vaughan.
Mairead Farrell and Louis Ronan pictured after getting married in Tipperary. Picture Dylan Vaughan.

“I’m trying to get my own body back into some sort of shape as well, I have enough going on at the minute without trying to do that.”

The Finglas star believes that renters are under “constant threat” of having their rent raised.

“Financial planning is not something I have been very good at. I’m good at planning with food and making sure the family eats healthy,” she said.

It emerged last month that home ownership in Ireland is at the lowest rate its been since 1971, with 180,000 homes vacant.

Mairead Farrell & son Dara Fitzpatrick
Mairead Farrell & son Dara Fitzpatrick

Meanwhile, rent in Dublin has soared by 30pc.

Mairead is currently filming  the new series of Getaways alongside Vogue Williams and Tommy Bowe and will return to filming Ireland’s Fittest Family next month.

“Fittest Family starts in June and that will be filming on weekends so I’m a busy bee right now.’’

The mum-of-two has an underactive thyroid gland and exercises to keep her energy levels up.

Mairead Ronan and Louise Duffy at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards at The Marker Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Mairead Ronan and Louise Duffy at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards at The Marker Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

“It makes it more difficult to lose weight, for sure. It’s slower  to lose weight for me than someone else who would do what I do,” she told the Herald.

“I’m on the right medication now. Before I was very tired and very small.

“People were saying to me, ‘Oh you had a baby’ and Dara was a small kid at the time and he was a great sleeper. He goes to bed at seven o’clock so it’s nothing to do with him.

“Then when I was diagnosed and got proper medication, you should have enough energy. Exercise definitely helps. I do like to exercise but I have to, I have no choice in it.”

Although she has her hands full for the time being, Mairead would be open to returning to radio in the future.

“I don’t think you’re ever totally done with anything. I wouldn’t close the door anywhere. I had a brilliant run with it,” she said.

“I don’t know what radio job I could have that could fit everything else that I have going on in my life right now, it probably doesn’t exist.”

Herald

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