Friday 21 September 2018

Celebrity Diary with Nikki Hayes: I had to work after the wedding - but finally it's honeymoon time


Radio presenter Nikki Hayes (real name Eimear O' Keeffe) marries long-term love Frank Black
Radio presenter Nikki Hayes (real name Eimear O' Keeffe) marries long-term love Frank Black
Nikki Hayes
Nikki and Farah welcome Frank home

I've had a pretty crazy week - last Friday my partner Frank and I got married but there hasn't been any time to relax since.

I was working the day before and was back in the office again on Monday, so now I'm looking forward to getting away on our honeymoon.

Finally it's time to relax and we're flying to the Algarve in Portugal tomorrow so needless to say I'm very excited.

We dropped off our daughter Farah with her grandparents in Donegal (to be spoiled rotten!) so it's just going to be the two of us.

I'm really looking forward to it - we've been there before so I know already that we're going to enjoy it.

Plus, it's nice to have a plan about what we're going to do once we get there - we're going to travel up and down the coast.

Our wedding last week was such a great day and I have to say I'm loving married life so far.

Even though nothing has really changed, except now I have a ring on my finger, I'm very happy.

It was so nice having all of our friends and family together to celebrate the day, but I'm happy now we get to relax.


I'm still in love with radio even after 21 years

Next week I'm going to be 21 years in radio and I'm finding it hard to believe.

I turned 36 last week and I've been working in radio since I was 15.

It's kind of scary - I know people who have just turned 21 and it's mad to think that they were only born when I started out.

Even after 21 years, I don't think I'll ever grow tired of working in radio.

Nikki Hayes

I've been doing it so long at this stage that I could never imagine myself doing anything else.

My first radio job was in a pirate radio station based in a shed in Mackintosh Park in Dun Laoghaire when I was in transition year and I've just kind of worked my way up since then.

I was lucky enough to get a job as soon as I left college too, so I've never really done anything other than radio. I'm on Spin 1038 now and I love it - it's such a positive place to work.

If you ever come in to work feeling tired or fed up, that just goes out the window because the minute you walk in everyone is so upbeat.


Being a parent is tough, I'm happy Frank is back

Our daughter Farah is one and I have to admit,  juggling being a parent with work is tough.

I'm lucky enough that I have a great support system in Frank - from the cooking and cleaning to everything to do with childcare, we share everything.

However, Frank is in the Army and when he was in Syria a few months ago, I really got an insight into what it's like to be on your own.

I have a massive respect for single mothers now because I've seen how hard it is to have to do everything by yourself, it was really difficult.

I'm delighted that Frank is back now - not just because he helps out with the housework, but to have him here again, safe and sound, is such a relief.

Nikki Hayes with husband Frank Black and daughter Farrah

Nikki and Farah welcome Frank home

It was such a worry before he left because I really didn't know what to expect - not many Irish troops had been sent to Syria.

Once I learned more about what they were going there to do and their training, though, I felt more confident about him leaving.

He's home now and luckily there are no plans for him to leave again.

Obviously, he wants to stay at home and be with Farah.

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