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Maura getting makeover for new solo show

THE stars of RTE's new afternoon schedule are locked in rehearsals for their new shows.

Herald columnist Claire Byrne, Daithi O Se and Maura Derrane are all looking ahead to the launch of their respective programmes next month.

This morning, Claire hung up her radio headphones for the last time on Newstalk - and revealed how herself and co-host Daithi have discovered they have similar food cravings.

"So far we have discovered we both love Monster Munch crisps -- none of your fancy pickled onion though -- the original or nothing. I anticipate great fun on The Daily Show when we get up and running on September 20," she writes in today's Herald.

Meanwhile Maura, who will host new show 4 Daily, has told the Herald she will undergo something of a 'make-under' before it begins screening.


The brunette presenter has revealed she plans to ditch her demure old Afternoon Show clobber in favour of a fresh new image for her brand new solo series which kicks off early next month.

"I think I'm going to look different this year and I think that's going to be good. I'm going to have a more laid back kind of fashion, maybe a little bit more quirky. I think I was very formal last year in some of my outfits.

"I'm really excited because what I love about the show is that it will be very information based. I think nowadays with people with tighter purses, we'll be able to give them lots of tips on fashion, beauty, DIY; that is really important now.

"I'm hoping to give the viewers something they'll be able to go away with. We'll have a week of dry-runs so I'll be in meeting the team and all that next week.

"Initially I was a bit daunted by the whole thing, I was like 'Oh my God, I'm doing a show on my own'. Now I'm really excited."

Maura wowed onlookers with her sexy style as she stepped out at the star-studded launch of the 2010 Waterford International Music Festival in Residence last night.

She will be on hand to MC at a glitzy ball during the festival, which takes place from November 2-13.

The popular presenter, who has been married to Waterford TD John Deasy for five years, also revealed her secret to maintaining a happy marriage in an industry which has had a recent run of break-ups.

"I guess the secret is everyone having their own lives and respecting each other. I think if everyone stuck together the whole time it's very stressful."