Saturday 18 November 2017

RTE star Maura Derrane soaks up the sun on family holiday in Sardinia

Maura Derrane. Photo: Martina Regan.
Maura Derrane. Photo: Martina Regan.
Maura Derrane with co-presenter Daithí Ó Sé on RTÉ's Today.
Queen of afternoon TV: Maura Derrane photographed in her native Galway. Photo: Martina Regan.
Maura Derrane and her son Cal. Picture: Naoise Culhane
Image: Maura Derrane/Instagram
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As we eagerly await the arrival of summer sun in Ireland, Maura Derrane is soaking up the rising temperatures in Sardinia.

The RTE presenter has been taking a break from work on the Italian island with her two-year-old son Cal.

In a photo posted to social media, Maura beams in a monochrome swimsuit while holding the youngster.

"Fun times with my baby bear," reads the caption.

Fun times with my baby bear. #sardinia #holiday 😎

A post shared by Maura Derrane (@mauraderrane) on

The Today host welcomed her first child in May 2014 at 43-years-old with Fine Gael TD husband John Deasy.

After welcoming Cal, Maura skipped taking the full-term of maternity leave and returned to work four months later.

"Each to their own but I went back to work when he was four months, which I still think was the best idea ever because it meant that I got back into things pretty quickly," she previously told Mothers and Babies magazine.

Now entering its sixth year, the Today slot with co-host Daithí Ó Sé is the longest time Maura's spent in one presenting role.

Maura Derrane with co-presenter Daithí Ó Sé on RTÉ's Today.
Maura Derrane with co-presenter Daithí Ó Sé on RTÉ's Today.

"I always say that these shows get about six, seven or eight years," she told the Irish Independent last year.

"Everything has a natural cycle and when something ends after a number of years then it's right that it does. I know I'll just go on to something else. Would I go back to news? I don't know. Would I ever go down the documentary route? Maybe. But what I do now is a lovely mix. So if I get another couple of years out of a show like this then, yahoo!"

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