'Waiting in Dublin to get work was not making me happy' - Aoibhin
Former Fair City star Aoibhin Garrihy has admitted she turned her back on acting because work had all but dried up.
The Dubliner enjoyed a three-year stint in Carrigstown, along with roles in several hit drama series including Love/Hate and The Fall.
However, the Trinity College-trained actress - a finalist in the first series of Dancing With The Stars - became disillusioned with acting when she increasingly failed to land decent parts.
Aoibhin knew it was time for both a change of scenery and career once she found herself spending more time waiting for the phone to ring than working.
Now happily settled in Co Clare and expecting her second child with hotelier husband John Burke, Aoibhin also runs a successful wellness events series called Beo.
She said she has no regrets about her career change as there were lengthy periods of unhappiness as an actor.
"The idea of being in Dublin for the sake of a potential role or waiting for that phone to ring and not getting anywhere, it wasn't making me happy,'' she told Irish Country Magazine.
''I loved it when I was busy in a role, but the other stuff that comes with acting just jarred with me.
"When you come from a family of entrepreneurs, they reap what they sow - when they put the hard work in, they reap the rewards.
"Acting is not necessarily that way. You can be honing your craft and constantly trying to improve, but if the role's not right for you, it's not right for you.
"When I went west it was like a weight off, and when you make that decision it can be the most freeing thing.
"When it comes to Beo and other projects, it feels so good to put time in and see the benefit.
"I'm not saying I'm done with acting. Never say never."
Aoibhin, whose second baby is due in early December, also told how her life changed for the better after her daughter, Hanorah, was born 16 months ago.
"We get such craic out of her. We just feel so lucky. She's brought a new dimension to our lives," she said.