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Saturday 18 November 2017

Awww... a rare look at Grainne as a young mum

SWEET: Seoige shows 'softer' side as she opens family album

She's used to be referred to as an "ice queen" but these new photos of Grainne Seoige would melt your heart.

THE Galwegian broadcaster who became pregnant at the age of 19 has opened up her heart and her family album to reveal her motherly love for her son.

Grainne (38) who has previously drawn a clear line to keep her son Conall -- now 18 -- out of the limelight, has revealed intimate family photos of herself as a young mum.

The one-off programme, entitled A Little Bit TV, discusses the Modern Life host's many successes and challenges in the business.

"I'm very proud to be a mum and I've worked hard to raise my son the best way I can. We're talking about my career all the way along here, but he's the best thing I've done. I've kind of just not talked about it, because again, it's my home life.

"Some people do and that's their choice, but it's just not what was comfortable for me," the brunette beauty added.

As these rare pictures of the pair show, the RTE broadcaster doted over her toddler son.

The former Daybreak presenter gave birth to Connall when she was 20. Grainne, who has previously worked for both TG4 and TV3, discusses her lengthy career in the industry for the documentary.

The presenter also touches on the difficulty of keeping her off-screeen life private, mentioning reaction to her failed eight-year marriage to Stephen Cullinane.

"We got married and it was national news, so it was clear to us that the marriage finishing would also be national news. It was painted as not being an amicable break up, that's not true.







Tension

"At the time the coverage was just unbelievable and the level of misinformation was also unbelievable.

"That's what you're dealing with when you've in television in this year, that's what I'm dealing with."

"I've always tried to maintain to private life and my personal life, as private as possible and that does create tension between you and the media."

The Irish-speaking anchor also told that her stint as features editor with the weekday GMTV show last year was a great opportunity.

"The same coping mechanisms kick in, you just do the job as best you can. I really, really found it gave me great freedom to go and do things I wouldn't get to do at home," she concluded.

labutler@herald.ie

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