Monday 23 April 2018

Mairead Ronan: 'My poor husband has been doing everything while I filmed Getaways'

Mairead Ronan at the RTE New Season Launch 2017
Mairead Ronan at the RTE New Season Launch 2017
Mairead Ronan at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2013
Mairead Ronan will now focus on her TV career. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Mairead Ronan welcomed her first daughter in September Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Mairead Ronan at the RTE new season launch at Grand Canal Dock. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Mairead Farrell and Louis Ronan pictured after getting married in Tipperary. Picture Dylan Vaughan.

Sean O'Grady

Mairead Ronan wants to take a break from work so she can spend more time with her husband, Louis.

The RTE presenter has been flat out for the past few months, juggling Getaways with the new series of Ireland’s Fittest Family, and is looking forward to spending more quality time with Louis and children Dara and Eliza.

“I just finished filming Getaways, so for the next little while I’m going to try and not do anything and not leave the country because my poor husband has been doing everything,” she said.

“All through Getaways, I was leaving on the weekends to go shoot Ireland’s Fittest Family as well – we do it all over the country.

“I’ve been away the whole time.”

Dubliner Mairead has found the past few series of Getaways particularly difficult because it has meant she has been away from her children.

“I actually found the last two trips of Getaways really tough,” she said.

Mairead welcomed Eliza, her first child with Louis, in September last year.

She previously said she had been blessed with a good pregnancy.

“It’s been a very easy pregnancy. I’ve had a great time. No morning sickness, no issues,” she said.

Mairead and Louis dated for three years after they met at Punchestown Racecourse.

They got married in June 2015 in Co Tipperary.

Guests at the bash included Mairead’s former Today FM colleague Ray D’Arcy as well as Anton Savage and RTE radio presenter Marian Finucane.

Mairead left Today FM in April after 15 years with the station and went on to acknowledge that she “didn’t love everyone” she worked with there.

Despite bowing out, she admitted she would love to return to the airwaves one day, but doesn’t think the job for her is there at the moment.

“I love radio. I’m one of the biggest radio fans in the country. I couldn’t do my homework when I was a kid without the radio on,” said Mairead.

“I have to have it on the whole time when I’m at home.

“Of course I would go back, but to what? There’s nothing there right now where I would go, ‘I want that job’, but I will remain a radio fan forever.”

Meanwhile, Mairead says she has high hopes for the success of the latest series of Ireland’s Fittest Family.

“The new series is brilliant,” she said.

“We have new coaches this year and it’s totally changed the dynamic.

“The girls are way more competitive than the boys.

“Anna Geary and Derval O’Rourke are the most competitive people I’ve ever met in my life.”

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