Thursday 19 July 2018

TV3 star Muireann O'Connell: 'Having children is not something that I ever wanted'

Muireann O'Connell
Muireann O'Connell
Muireann O'Connell at the Vichy Dermablend pop-up high coverage masterclass at Tara Bulidings, Dublin. Picture:Brian McEvoy
Muireann O'Connell and Ray Foley on the Seven O'Clock Show/TV3
Muireann O'Connell
Muireann O'Connell seen leaving Today FM after it was announced she will host a brand new lunchtime show
Muireann O'Connell at the TV3 New Season Launch 2017 at The National Concert Hall
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Broadcaster Muireann O’Connell has opened up about her attitudes to motherhood and revealed that she doesn’t want to have children.

Speaking about where she sees herself in the future, the Today FM lunchtime anchor and TV3 presenter (34) said that while she loves children, becoming a mum is not on the cards for her.

“I never kind of felt the want,” she said.

“I didn’t know when I was younger that sometimes it’s expected for women to have children. As I got older, people would say, ‘Some day, when you’re a mother’.

Muireann O'Connell at the TV3 New Season Launch 2017 at The National Concert Hall
Muireann O'Connell at the TV3 New Season Launch 2017 at The National Concert Hall

“But it’s just not something that ever really entered my mind, that I would have children, because it was a very adult thing to do.”

She told TV Now magazine that people often make remarks to her about becoming a parent but she has made her mind up that it’s not a path she wants to go down.

“I get it a lot, ‘Oh it will be different when you have a child’; ‘When you have a child, you’ll have to change your life’.

“And no, I don’t want children. It’s not something that I ever wanted.”

The multi-talented broadcaster is currently seeing someone and said that while motherhood does not scare her, she doesn’t think that it’s for her.

“I love children, I love being around kids, I love babysitting but I think there are some people in this world who it’s not for,” she said.

“It’s not just for these reasons. We are facing a massive over-population crisis in this world and if some people don’t want to have kids, they don’t want to have kids.

“I mightn’t even be able to have children, I don’t know. But certainly, the desire isn’t there.”

The double-jobbing Limerick native said that she has seen from friends who have children just how hard it can be.

“When I do see my friends and see what they have to do and when you think of the gravity of having children; you are responsible for another human being and how they act and what they do and how they are perceived by the outside world. That is crazy, it’s absolutely crazy,” she said.

She replaced Al Porter on the busy 12-2pm lunch-time slot on Today FM and said that she “just wanted to have a laugh” on the programme and keep things light.

“When I was told I was going to be sitting in the chair full-time, I was ecstatic, delighted and over the moon,” she said.

“I would have done it for a good amount of time last year so the audience would have already known me.”

She also revealed that she has “adored” working for the past year on the Six O’Clock Show with Martin King.

“They are one of the best and hardest-working teams I’ve ever seen,” she said.

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