Miriam O'Callaghan: 'I struggle to get everything right... I'm always late... but it works'
Miriam O'Callaghan has revealed that as a working mother she often "struggles" to get things right in her life.
But through "hard work" and perseverance she usually manages to get by.
In her experience, having "confidence" is crucial to successfully balancing a busy career with the demands of motherhood.
"In my own life I struggle to try and do things right. I'm always late, I probably do everything half well, but it works," she said.
"What I say to other women is just to be happy in yourself, be confident in yourself, and work hard.
"By and large if you do that life works out well for you."
The mother-of-eight children, ranging from nine to 28, said she thought that when they got over the "baby stage" of parenting would become easier.
"In fact, it's much more time consuming now because you need to talk to them all the time," she told independent.ie
"It never gets boring, it always staying interesting. I feel very blessed that I have eight healthy children."
She was speaking at the annual An Cosan International Women's Day luncheon at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.
The sold-out event was attended by over 350 guests, including Tanaiste Joan Burton.
Broadcaster Olivia O'Leary delivered the keynote address.
An Cosan is recognised for its experience in the delivery of lifelong learning from early years to adulthood in deprived communities.
It currently supports over 1,000 families annually.