Sunday 25 August 2019

Mary Kennedy: I still have regret about my divorce, but my children are the loves of my life

Mary Kennedy
Mary Kennedy

Freya Drohan

Broadcaster Mary Kennedy laments that she still feels a certain degree of regret over the breakdown of her 15 year marriage.

The RTE presenter divorced Ronan Foster, a journalist, in 2005.

“It was the relationship that failed and it had nothing to do with Catholic guilt. I was married for 15 years and I’ve moved on. That is a regret, especially with a tradition of enduring marriage behind you in your parents,” Mary told the RTE Guide.

The mum-of-four also spoke about the difficulties of juggling her duties at home with her career on screen.

Mary Kennedy
Mary Kennedy

“I had some regret when I was away working and not at home with the kids, but that’s just what is inside you,” she admitted.

“I’m hot wired with guilt...It’s not good but if it’s part of what you are, it’s very hard to get rid of,” she added.

Mary Kennedy & Philip Treacy during the discover ireland Dublin Horse show at the RDS , Dublin.
Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Mary Kennedy & Philip Treacy during the discover ireland Dublin Horse show at the RDS , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The 60-year-old maintains that her children, Eva (31), Tom (28), Eoin (25) and Lucy (23) are the loves of her life.

“Motherhood is what defines me. The first thing I think of in the morning is my children and they are the last thing I think of at night. As long as they are OK then I will be ok,” she states.

Deirdre Kennedy and Mary Kennedy pictured at the opening of the musical Dirty Dancing
Deirdre Kennedy and Mary Kennedy pictured at the opening of the musical Dirty Dancing

The Dublin native began her career as a part time continuity announcer in 1978, after she trained to be a teacher.

The former Open House host also spoke about her beloved mother, who passed away at Christmas time 14 years ago.

Mary Kennedy
Mary Kennedy

“When mummy died we were catapulted into the front line with no one else above you and that is a very strange feeling.”

Mary, along with her sister Deirdre and their two brothers, celebrate their mother’s memory every December with a family mass.

Mary Kennedy
Mary Kennedy

For the past two years, Mary has been an ambassador for the Irish Kidney Association’s Organ Donor Awareness week - spurred on by the death of her uncle Tom who died of kidney failure

She is also a patron of the Carer’s Association alongside Marty Whelan - her former colleague on Open House.

Speaking about her recent decision to pose ‘barefaced’ for the Sunday Independent Life Magazine without makeup, the Dubliner said she had no qualms about the shoot.

Read more: Barefaced Cheek: Seven Irish celebrities dare to go bare

“Not in the slightest,” she insisted. “Sure look at me now. I don’t wear makeup  usually. I was happy to do it but I also have no problem with people who can’t go out without full makeup on,” she confirmed.

“I’m just pleased to be  healthy and fit,” she concluded.

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