Our long-distance relationship helps to keep the romance alive - Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan has revealed how having a long-distance relationship with her hubbie keeps the romance alive.
The Prime Time presenter (54) has worn a path between Dublin and Belfast since her partner Steve Carson moved back to his native city last December.
He left RTE to work as head of BBC's Northern Ireland productions as he and mum-of-eight Miriam try their best to spend quality time together.
"Joking aside, it does make things more romantic," she told the Herald.
"Seriously because if you're with someone on a daily basis, you're so busy but because we're not with each other on a daily basis, you go on date nights and the kids think it's really exciting. They think they're going to New York but they're going to Belfast."
She's heading up there for two nights on Thursday and Friday as their kids are off school for the Easter break.
Miriam with her husband Steve Carson
And speaking at RTEjr's first birthday celebrations, the presenter said she can't believe how much the city has changed since the Troubles.
"I was there in the bad times and there's now this place called W5. It's a great science place, the kids love it, so it's all good and their grand-parents, Steve parents, are there and his sisters. So it's nice."
As well as Prime Time, Miriam is also coming back this summer with her Saturday night chat-show.
But she refused to be drawn on which guest she would like to see on her show.
Miriam: Long-distance relationship makes it 'more romantic'
"I always think you shouldn't say that because whoever does come on then looks like second best. I don't have a wish list. It's a small pool in Ireland to be honest but it's worked in other years so I'm happy," she explained.
She will also be continuing with her radio programme every Sunday morning, which will is now being broadcast live which involves extra juggling for Miriam.
"As it's live, it means I have to get up early on a Sunday morning to be in here. The security guys are like, 'do you live here, do you sleep here?'" she said.