Saturday 16 December 2017

'Brian's away more than when he was playing', says Amy

Amy Huberman says she and husband Brian are looking forward to a quiet Christmas Picture: PA
Amy Huberman says she and husband Brian are looking forward to a quiet Christmas Picture: PA

Amy Huberman has said her husband Brian O'Driscoll is away from home more than ever these days, with his post-playing career as a rugby pundit keeping him busy.

Brian (37) hung up his boots in 2014 and has since gone on to be a pundit for Newstalk and a co-presenter on Off The Ball.

Amy says he is busier than ever, but that has not stopped him from being a "hands-on" dad to their children, Sadie (3) and two-year-old Billie.

"He's away more I think now than he was when he was playing because he travels a lot with work, but no, it's great," she said.


"He does punditry at the weekends, but it's great to have him around, he's very hands-on."

The couple are looking forward to a quiet Christmas at home with the children.

"It's just making things our own now, really, and making memories, like putting up the tree and going to visit Santa," said Amy.

The couple have been married for six years, having tied the knot at Lough Rynn Castle in Co Leitrim.

The bash was attended by 250 family and friends, including rugby stars Rob Kearney, Paul O'Connell and Luke Fitzgerald.

With so many years under their belt, Amy has described Brian as her "best friend".

Speaking to 2fm's Breakfast Republic, she also said Brian is not afraid to show his sensitive side and is often more emotional than she is.

"I cry at anything," she said, before adding: "Brian cries more than me."

The couple were recently said to be eyeing up a €2m new home in Rathmines.

The semi-detached property is currently divided into three flats and extensive renovations would need to be undertaken to transform it into a liveable family space.

However, Amy has revealed they are now planning on moving to a property in Ranelagh some time next year.

They currently live in Goatstown in a house bought by Brian for €1m in 2005.

"We'll be moving to Ranelagh, but it won't be for a little while because it needs a bit of work," said Amy, whose acting career has kept her busy of late.


Her most recent series, RTE's Can't Cope, Won't Cope, finished airing not so long ago, while her next project with the station, Striking Out, is scheduled to begin on New Year's Eve.

The legal drama sees Cabinteely woman Amy portray Dublin-based solicitor Tara Rafferty, who is left distraught when she finds out on her hen night that her fiance has been cheating on her with a colleague.

The discovery prompts the petite lawyer to strike out on her own and make a fresh life for herself in the legal world.

She also enjoyed her first Hollywood role in the recent action movie Kill Ratio, which co-starred British actor Tom Hopper.