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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Work kept me sane as my marriage fell apart - Sinead

BREAKFAST TV host Sinead Desmond has said "work kept me sane" while she was dealing with the break-up of her marriage.

Sinead (39) married David Ryan in the south of France in 2009.

But it emerged last year that they had split after six years together.

Speaking of the break-up, the Ireland AM presenter told the RTE Guide: "Work was a focus and it was the one point in the day when you weren't thinking about that.

"Because when you are on live TV you can't be thinking about other things - you have to be completely present, completely focused.

"It was my saving grace. Work got me through it."

Asked if she is currently in a relationship, she laughed and said: "You can ask, but I won't tell you."

Sinead has been presenting the top TV3 show for six years along with Mark Cagney, Alan Hughes, Anna Daly and Aidan Cooney.

It was in January last year that she confirmed through her agent that her marriage had ended.

A statement read: "On behalf of Sinead Desmond and David Ryan, it is with regret that after six years together Sinead Desmond and David Ryan have decided to end their marriage of four years."

WONDERFUL

The pair remained friends despite the split, and Sinead described Ryan as "a wonderful guy".

They parted several months prior to the announcement.

The news came as a surprise to viewers of the popular early-morning show as bubbly Sinead had betrayed no signs of the personal heartache she had been going through.

Her time on the show has seen no shortage of drama. In 2008 she collapsed during a broadcast after suffering from a brain haemorrhage and had to be rushed to hospital for emergency treatment.

She spent two months recovering before returning to work.

Cagney, whose first wife, Ann, died of a brain haemorrhage, said of Sinead's scare: "It was one of the only times in my adult life, bar the death of my wife, when I was completely unhinged, I didn't know what to do."

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