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Monday 5 December 2016

Claire Byrne on her new hairdo: 'I got it all cut off and I'm delighted'

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Claire Byrne
Claire Byrne
Back row from left, Claire Byrne, Aisling O'Neill, Aoibheann McCaul, Kathryn Thomas, Mairead Ronan, Mary Kennedy. Front from left, Una Foden, Amybeth McNulty, Kelly Thornton and Sinead Kennedy. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Claire Byrne, Aisling O'Neill, Aoibheann McCaul, Kathryn Thomas, Mairead Ronan, Mary Kennedy. Front from left, Una Foden, Amybeth McNulty, Kelly Thornton and Sinead Kennedy pictured at the launch of the new season of programmes on RTE One. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

RTE's Claire Byrne spent her 40th birthday running "sheep down the main street" in Co Leitrim.

The mum-of-two was presenting a Rose of Tralee event in Mohill and had some great craic with the locals.

"They got me to run sheep down the main street, so that is one day that I'll never forget," she said.

Claire is enjoying some time off before starting a new season of her eponymous show and has a new look to go along with it.

"I chopped my hair off. I felt as though I had the same hair for about 10 years which I probably did," she laughed.

"I got it all cut off and I'm delighted that I did - it's much better and much easier to manage."

Although she's engaged to fiance Gerry Scollan, the busy parents have no plan to tie the knot for a few years.

"We've just been swamped, Patrick and Jane are both under two, which is what we're dealing with at the moment," she said.

"We'll see. I don't think it'll be 2015 and it might not be 2016," she added.

Launch

Her Monday night current affairs show, Claire Byrne Live, started in January and she can't wait for the new season.

"I'm really looking forward to it because we haven't had a full run," she said. "We have about 40 shows coming up and it's election year so it's going to be huge time for us.

"We had a quarter of a million people watching last season on average, so we're very pleased with that, and we brought in younger people watching current affairs on RTE," she added.

Getting her own prime time show was the dream role for Claire but she admits she doesn't plan out her career.

"I never plan or aim for anything which is probably a dumb thing to do," she laughed.

"Things tend to just happen but I like to give things my best shot when the opportunity presents."

The Radio 1 presenter went to college with TV3's Colette Fitzpatrick and said she is delighted her former classmate has moved onto the airwaves with her Sunday slot.

"I'm delighted that she's presenting on Newstalk now. I listened to her first show and I thought she was amazing," she said.

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