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Saturday 10 December 2016

Lorraine Keane: 'I'm no stranger to being on the GAA pitch in mucky boots'

Lorraine Keane
Lorraine Keane

She's rarely pictured with a hair out of place, but Lorraine Keane has said she's had to embrace a less glamorous lifestyle now her daughters have a new-found love of GAA.

The presenter is mum to Emelia (11) and Romy (8) and while her girls love to dress up just like their former Xpose presenter mother, they're also super sporty. That meansLorraine is no stranger to the braving the elements on the side-lines at their matches.

"They're both very sporty - it's hugely important that kids are into sport and they love their Gaelic football," Lorraine told the Herald.

"I've been on the sideline in the lashing rain with the mucky boots . . . it has to be done. During the week I'm always bringing them to training, too."

While the stylish working mum isn't afraid to dress down for her girls' games, she says Emelia and Romy's sporting talents don't come from her side.

"I have to admit, where possible I try send my husband Peter [Devlin] out to the weekend matches because he loves his GAA - his dad played for Tyrone, so I suppose that's where they got it," she said.

However, Lorraine is set to swap the pitch for the TV studio soon, as she makes her TV comeback with her new chat show The Interview, which kicks of on UTV Ireland later this year.

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Although the brunette has already filmed an episode of the series, which aired back in May, she's looking forward to returning to TV full time.

"It's nice being back. For me, the timing is right because my girls are a little older so I've a little more time," she said. "I've been all things - full-time working six days a week, then full-time at home, and then doing both."

She's well used to being a working mum, but Lorraine admits striking the right balance between home life and the office doesn't get any easier, though she does feel more on top of things when she's busy.

"It's never not tough to get the balance right. I sometimes find the times that I'm busier are the times I'm more organised," Lorraine said.

"There are days when I get nothing done - I'm a divil for procrastinating.

"I still feel guilty going to bed at night and that I haven't done enough. But I feel like it's time for me again, to do the thing that I love most, which is talking and being curious."

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