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Maura Derrane and husband John Deasy. Photo by Garrett White/Collins

Maura Derrane and husband John Deasy. Photo by Garrett White/Collins

Maura Derrane and husband John Deasy. Photo by Garrett White/Collins

TV presenter Maura Derrane has revealed it was far from love at first sight when she first met future husband, TD John Deasy.

The Today host and the backbencher met at a Fine Gael Christmas party in 2002, but early dates proved a disaster.

"Then I ran into him (John) at a bar in Dublin, four months after it ended. He said in a real serious, business like-way 'I think we should give it another chance'. I just looked at him and said 'no'," Maura told the RTE Guide.

But the Dungarvan man persisted, insisting on the next date the pair should holiday together in Cuba.

"He threw down the gauntlet and I picked it up," she added.

Jetting out to Caribbean, love blossomed and just a few months later the couple were engaged, and married after two years.

Maura had been used to getting her own way with previous boyfriends, and the 42-year-old admits she found Deasy a different sort of man.

"I had always been attracted to outgoing, wild guys. I always liked getting my own way. I suppose my father spoiled me, to be honest. I was such a daddy's girl.

 

Nasty

"So that's how it was with men later – I was such a spoiled brat, in a way. I reckoned it was my way or the highway, which was what usually happened.

"Then John came long and put me in my place."

Maura adds that her now-deceased father could never quite believe his daughter, reared on the Aran Island of Inis Mor, had made it on TV.

"Walking on the moon would have been more realistic to my dad than being on television. I don't think he ever kind of got it," she said.

But success has had its nasty side.

"People write letters saying they hate my presentation style and all that, but then they'll never sign them because they are chickens. And what can I do?

" I look at them and go 'Christ' and throw them in the bin. You also get many lovely letters. But listen, it's television. If I wanted a job where nobody knew me, I'd have stayed on the Aran Islands."

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