'Things are only going to get better,' says TV3 star Lucy Kennedy on upcoming 40th birthday
Some women dread the thought of the big 4-0.
But confident Lucy Kennedy is embracing her milestone birthday this Thursday – the Seven O’Clock Show presenter is having a joint party with her father John.
“The vain side of me thinks, ‘Oh my God, I’m 40 I’m going to get more wrinkles’.
“But the divil in me thinks, ‘Things are only going to get better from this point on’,” she said.
“It’s my dad’s 80th the same week, so I’m going to have a family dinner and then do something with my girlfriends. Then it’s my sister’s hen as well, so it’s going to be a busy time.
“There is a slight vanity involved when it comes to turning 40, but there’s also an element of ‘Now I’m going to have to grow up’. You get away with so much more in your 30s.”
The down-to-earth presenter said that she feels no stigma in entering a new decade working in the media – and doesn’t think anyone really cares.
“Age really is just a number,” she said. “I don’t think anyone cares anymore. I think 40 is the new 50 and I think people forget about your age.”
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The evening show that she co-anchors with Martin King has been going from strength-to-strength, with viewers watching in their droves.
She said she approaches each show like she’s cramming for an exam.
“I may know nothing about the guests in the morning, but by the time I sit down on the couch I know everything – from their star signs to what they’re allergic to.
“It’s like studying for the Leaving Cert,” she added.
Married to Richie Governey, with whom she has Holly (4) and Jack (6), she admitted that juggling work with her family life can be a struggle sometimes.
“I absolutely adore my job. I’m not complaining, but by 4pm I’m exhausted. But I’m very lucky in that I get to drop them off to school and collect them.
“I miss out on bath-times and bedtimes, but that’s the compromise,” she said.
The TV star was out at Dundrum Town Centre this week to help launch the third Shop for Good fundraiser for Console, which runs on the May bank holiday weekend.