Tuesday 20 March 2018

Miriam O'Callaghan jets to Portugal with husband Steve Carson - and six children

Miriam O'Callaghan. Photo: Collins
Miriam O'Callaghan. Photo: Collins
Mother of the bride Miriam O'Callaghan at The Church of The Holy Cross, Kenmare for the wedding of her daughter Alannah McGurk. Photo: Tony Gavin 20/5/2017
Miriam O'Callaghan, Alannah McGurk
Paul Costelloe with Miriam O'Callaghan and her daughter Alannah McGurk at the launch of Paul Costelloe Living Studio, an exclusive capsule womenswear collection for Dunnes Stores at The Dawson Brasserie. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Steve Carson, Miriam O'Callaghan at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House
Miriam O'Callaghan
Georgia (far left) and Alannah McGurk with their pose with Miriam O'Callaghan
2010: Miriam O'Callaghan stood out from the crowd in this embellished blue gown.
RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan.
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

The curtain will come down on Miriam O'Callaghan's Saturday night chat show this weekend as it finishes its summer run.

The broadcaster revealed that she's heading off on her first family holiday abroad for years next week as she flies with six of her eight children and husband Steve Carson to Portugal.

Given her hectic radio and TV schedule, Miriam usually grabs a few days down in her favourite county of Kerry, but this year she has decided to flee these shores for somewhere warmer.

"We used to go a lot to Portugal and then we stopped and then Steve was like, 'I have to book a holiday please - can we just arrange something?'

Georgia (far left) and Alannah McGurk with their pose with Miriam O'Callaghan
Georgia (far left) and Alannah McGurk with their pose with Miriam O'Callaghan

"I've a fella that has done the Leaving Cert and another son doing the Junior Cert and in rugby camp so we definitely needed a holiday. We just booked a week in Vilamoura.

"I'm literally going to lie on a bed beside the pool. I don't think I'm going to move the whole time. Six children are going to come with me, which is nice, because people always say, 'I can't get my older kids to come away with me', and I can't stop them coming with me."

Miriam's week away means she's going to miss the RTE schedule launch on August 24 for the first time in years, but said she needed a holiday before heading into the autumn.

She said that of all the guests she's had on her show over the past eight weeks, one lady stands out in particular - former glamour model Katie Price.

Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan

The controversial English star might not be everyone's cup of tea, but Miriam got on with her like a house on fire.

"I liked her very much. It's good to meet someone who's represented a certain way in the media and then you meet then in person," she said.

"Watching her relationship with her son Harvey and the way she is with him, I knew that she must be a very good person as she's a great mother with him."

Miriam said that nothing was off-limits when it came to quizzing Price, which was another surprise.

Miriam O'Callaghan and husband Steve Carson
Miriam O'Callaghan and husband Steve Carson

"No, she was like, 'Miriam, whatever you want to ask me, ask me', which is great.

"She's very open and very honest. She's very low-maintenance. There were no riders or other backstage demands.

"Sometimes guests are nice to the presenters and not as nice to the researchers, but she was nice to everybody."

Miriam was recently revealed as RTE's highest-paid female star, taking home just shy of €299,000 in 2015.

She said that it's always "embarrassing" having her salary revealed publicly, but added that she hopes to see many more women in the Top 10 list over the coming years.


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