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Wednesday 20 November 2019

'Woman asked if I had a secret lover' - Miriam

RTE presenter Miriam O’Callaghan’s neighbour thought she was having an affair
RTE presenter Miriam O’Callaghan’s neighbour thought she was having an affair

RTE star Miriam O'Callaghan has told how a neighbour thought she was having an affair when she rekindled her relationship with God.

The mother-of-eight has told how she often parks her car one street from where she lives to light a candle at a Catholic church.

But one observant resident became concerned that Miriam might be up to no good when she saw the presenter's car parked outside.

"The woman asked if I was having an affair," Miriam told the Herald.

Habit

"She said, 'This is the third time I've seen you on this road, and you live on the next road.'

Miriam said it had become her habit to stop at the Catholic church on her way home from her radio show.

"People write me letters, and they tell me things that are happening in their lives," said Miriam.

"I don't know if lighting a candle makes a difference, but I just feel it's something I can do."

Miriam said she got into the habit of lighting a candle when she was at a funeral. "I lit a candle and I thought, 'That's a really nice thing to do'. I probably hadn't lit one since I was a teenager, but I thought, 'I'm going to do this'.

"I don't know if it makes any difference, but the intention is good."

The 59-year-old says her own prayer while in the church, but does not attend Mass every week.

"I have a good excuse," Miriam said, jokingly.

"A Sunday-morning radio show."

Miriam has filled in for Sean O'Rourke on his morning radio show for the past two summers and said she enjoys the change of pace.

"I much prefer doing daily radio to a TV chat show, which hangs over you all week - and you're never going to have Graham Norton's couch."

Miriam also spoke about managing her long-distance marriage with husband Steve Carson, who works as head of multi-platform commissioning for BBC Scotland.

Steve returns home every Friday, and stays until Monday, when Miriam drops him at the airport at 5.30am.

"I do miss him. But I'm pleased we made it work, because professionally, it has been good for him.

"It is, by any standards, a big job within the BBC, which is probably the best public-service broadcaster in the world."

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