Relaxed Mairead is taking her time before diving into wedding preparations
SHE got engaged last month, but broadcaster Mairead Farrell is happily enjoying the 'engagement period' before diving into wedding preparations.
The TodayFM radio producer's other half, businessman Louis Ronan, got down on bended knee while the couple were holidaying with Mairead's son Dara.
Although Louis proposed just ahead of the couple's fourth anniversary together, Finglas native Mairead told the Diary she was taken completely by surprise.
"I had absolutely no idea Louis was going to propose, none whatsoever," she said.
"We're four years together recently, so he did it just before we marked that. He was joking around saying that he did it a few months before I'd start dropping mad hints about it - he got in there before any of that.
"It was a very normal holiday, with Dara and his best friend too - so it's not like we were away on our own. So it was the last thing I expected."
Although there's a lot to organise, the radio star is not rushing into any planning.
"We're only engaged a month last weekend, so haven't got any plans," she said.
"We just have an idea of next summer, but in Ireland that could be May through to September, and to be honest May is too soon anyway.
"We've yet to decide where, but we're leaning towards marrying in Ireland."
There's been plenty happening in Mairead's life lately.
She is almost a month into her new role as a producer on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show, following 11 years on The Ray D'Arcy Show.
bonding "I'm still learning because it's a different beast to Ray's show, but I'm loving it," said Mairead, speaking at the launch of this year's Cheerios Childline Breakfast Together Week, which takes place from October 6 to 12.
"I moved because of my son - it's been a crazy few years in my life and he turned seven this year and it flew by in a flash.
"He's at an age now where he wants to hang out with me and wants to tell me absolutely everything that goes on in his life and I'd been missing afternoons and mornings with him."
Now Mairead is making the most of her afternoons off.
"I've picked him up from school everyday for the past three weeks and I haven't had that kind of time with him since I was on maternity leave," she said.
"I'm very lucky that I'm in a job where you can do that, have the opportunity of a full-time job and still get to be home in the afternoon."