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Saturday 24 September 2016

'I wish I'd had children earlier, especially for my son' - Maura Derrane

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Today presenters Maura Derrane and Dáithí O Sé
Today presenters Maura Derrane and Dáithí O Sé

She became a mother for the first time at the age of 43, but presenter Maura Derrane has said she's "too old" to have any more children.

The Today host (44), who gave birth to her only son Cal last year, admitted that while she won't be having any more kids, she sometimes wishes she started a family earlier so baby Cal would have a sibling.

"Before I had Cal, I would have said no [to having children earlier], but now that he's a bit older and I think about it, it would have been nice to have another child," she said.

"I mean, I'm not going to, I'm too old, but in hindsight it might have been. Not for me, but for him."

The TV star, who is married to Fine Gael TD John Deasy, admitted that nothing could've prepared her for motherhood and for the first time in her life, she has a routine.

"You can read all the books you want - forget it, you might as well burn them in a bonfire," Maura said. "Nothing can prepare you for another person that you're totally responsible for. I think it's brilliant, I love it but it's a juggling act.

"I never had a routine before but now I have one. You have to be organised with a baby because nobody else is going to do it."

Speaking to the RTE Guide, the chat show presenter admitted she's lucky that baby Cal is such a quiet child.

"I have a very quiet child. I think the Lord looked upon me and took pity. 'She's over 40, I won't give her a screamer'," she said.

The Galway native also revealed she starting to develop a Cork accent since the Today show was moved to RTE's TV studios in the city.

"I feel I'm part of the Cork scene now, I'm even starting to get a bit of a Cork accent, someone pulled me up on it the other day - I couldn't believe it," she explained.

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