Thursday 14 December 2017

Celebrity Diary with Laura Woods: I love the adrenaline rush of doing live TV

Pictured at the TV3 Autumn Launch at the Aviva Stadium was Ireland AM Presenter Ciara Doherty and Saturday and Sunday AM Presenters Laura Woods and Anna Daly.
Pictured at the TV3 Autumn Launch at the Aviva Stadium was Ireland AM Presenter Ciara Doherty and Saturday and Sunday AM Presenters Laura Woods and Anna Daly.
Laura Woods and husband Mark Arigho

It's been a crazy few weeks, but I'm finally beginning to feel like it's time to relax.

Back in August, after working freelance with TV3 for years, I started working on Saturday AM and Sunday AM - and it's been all go since.

For me, there's nothing quite like working in live TV - I can't get enough of that adrenaline rush and I love working in the studio and doing live reports out of the office. There's also great camaraderie among all of us on the team - we're a very tight-knit bunch.

As a mum, it's great to be working alongside Anna Daly because, like me, she has two little boys at home - so we often joke that we're in work for a bit of quiet time.

In terms of balancing work and home life it has definitely been a transitional time, but things are finally starting to settle down a bit.

My eldest son Ben (4) started school on the day before our first show, so it was a mad couple of days to start off with.

He was so excited and I was lucky enough to get to wave him off at the school gate.

Obviously, he is settling in fine, but when it's your own little one you're always going to be worried when they first start big school - but he seems delighted so far.


I can't wait to jet off to Spain with Mark and my boys

Laura Woods and husband Mark Arigho

As the last few weeks have been such a rollercoaster, I can't wait to go escape to the sun for a few days next week.

We're jetting off to Spain on Monday - my husband Mark's mother is Spanish, so the whole family are having a bit of a family reunion over there. It feels like a bit of a surprise. We booked it long before I took up this job, and I've been so busy in the past couple of months that the time has really crept up on me.

Although it's not ideal to have Ben missing a few days of school, we both thought it was important for him and his little brother Alex (2) to get to know their Spanish cousins - they're going to have a ball.


It's going to be nice to have a few days off, I'm looking forward to lounging around - well, as much as I can with the boys.

I can't wait to spend some quality time with Mark (right) as well. We're both working full-time and are a bit of a parenting tag team, so it'll be great to do things as a couple as well as spending time as a family.


Going for a run is a great way to clear your mind

I talk so much because it's part of the job and that makes so much adrenaline run through your body that I find I need some outlet of unwinding when I have time off.

I'm a big fan of running and swimming - they're both very solitary things to do, but I enjoy putting on my headphones or jumping in the pool because it means I don't have to talk to anyone, so I can get my head and body back in check.

I always feel an awful lot better when I've done some exercise, but I don't get to do it as often as I like. As a mum, it's also important to make time for your other half and friends.


There's no ideal timetable when you have a young family and are working.

You have the guilt that you're not doing enough when you're at home and the same when you're in the office. You just have to do the best you can and not worry too much about it.

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