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Friday 15 December 2017

'I still feel guilty over divorce' - Mary

Broadcaster Mary Kennedy has opened up about her divorce, admitting she still feels a tinge of guilt over splitting from her husband Ronan Foster.

They were married for 18 years before divorcing in 2005 and the Nationwide presenter says the loves of her life are her children Eva (31), Tom (28), Eoin (25) and Lucy (23).

"It was the relationship that failed and it had nothing to do with Catholic guilt. I was married for 15 years and I've moved on," she said.

Regret

"That is a regret, especially with a tradition of enduring marriage behind you in your parents," she added.

"Motherhood is what defines me. The first thing I think of in the morning is my children and they are the last thing I think of at night. As long as they are OK then I will be OK," she added.

Mary (60) also admitted that achieving a work-life balance over the years was tough.

"I had some regret when I was away working and not at home with the kids, but that's just what is inside you," she told the RTE Guide.

"I'm hot-wired with guilt ... It's not good but if it's part of what you are, it's very hard to get rid of."

Mary grew up in Clondalkin with her siblings Deirdre, John and Tony and while both girls went on to train as teachers, Deirdre is now a psychotherapist and Mary works in broadcasting.

"When we were younger we didn't socialise because I had left home but we have grown closer in recent years," Mary said.

"Our paths are very different but there is a respect for that difference. We are the best of friends," Deirdre added.

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