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Saturday 19 October 2019

'Small chat' could be the start of Mairead's return to radio

Mairead Ronan and John Nolan at Today FM’s Be A Dancer For Cancer event. Pic: Brian McEvoy
Mairead Ronan and John Nolan at Today FM’s Be A Dancer For Cancer event. Pic: Brian McEvoy

Broadcaster Mairead Ronan has hinted a return to radio may be on the cards.

She recently reigned supreme following her stint on Dancing With The Stars, but made her name on the national airwaves with Today FM.

She began her career on The Ray D'Arcy Show on Today FM before going on to produce The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show.

Now the dance champ has hinted she may be going back to her radio roots.

Asked about the future of her career now she has bagged the Glitterball trophy, she told the Herald: "There has been a small radio chat, and something with RTE."

The Herald recently revealed the mum-of-three was going to be reinstated as the host of Ireland's Fittest Family - Kathryn Thomas had filled in for Mairead while she was away on maternity leave.

Floods

Mairead (39) said she didn't expect to get loads of work after her winning appearance on the hit dance show but she now has some "nice things" lined up.

"You don't expect floods, it's not in the nature of media," she said.

"I've had a very nice steady stream of work and I have some nice things to look forward to."

As for getting used to no longer rehearsing every day with professional dance partner John Nolan, she said it had been "hard" after the win not to dance any more.

"I'm OK now. I found it really hard at the start. You're on such a high when the show ends and then it's the two weeks after that - it is a bit of a, 'Oh OK, I'm not dancing today'," she said.

"I know people will laugh for me saying this, but it must be what it is like for someone who has had a huge successful sporting career and then they retire.

"I finally have 10pc of understanding now, albeit mine was 16 weeks and they have 16 years. But I understand that routine.

"Everyone knows when you move and exercise, you suddenly feel better and then you stop and you're only doing 30 minutes a day, it is a big difference. I'm back to normal now."

Meanwhile, she has been busy renovating her new family home in Clontarf.

She has been taking her mind off the lack of dancing by deciding on interiors for the house.

"There is nothing better to take your mind off Dancing With The Stars than picking grout," she said.

"Choosing what grout to use in the bathroom - we have been busy with that."

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