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Tired and Geary Anna Geary's frustration at being constantly asked about having kids

Women get asked that question a lot more than men do,” she said.

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ONE VOICE: Anna Geary believes a united body is more positive for women’s sport. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney

ONE VOICE: Anna Geary believes a united body is more positive for women’s sport. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney

ONE VOICE: Anna Geary believes a united body is more positive for women’s sport. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney

Ireland's Fittest Family coach, Anna Geary, has spoken about her frustration with the constant questions she gets since she got married about starting a family. 

The 33-year-old got married in October 2019 to the GAA executive Kevin Sexton in the Castlemartyr resort in her home county of Cork.

The former Cork Rose who first came to attention after captaining her team to an All-Ireland win against Kilkenny in 2014, has gone on to appear on Dancing with the Stars and has been working on a new documentary called ‘Back in the Game' which works with a group of teenage girls to encourage them to get involved in sport.

She recently finished up a slot on Today FM to focus on other work as a life and performance coach.

She has become an inspiration as a wellness coach and motivator and shares exercise videos, motivational tips, interior style and fashion and beauty tips with her 90,000 followers on social media.

However, she has revealed her frustration with the constant questions she said she's been asked since she got married about starting a family.

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Anna Geary features as an ambassador in a promotional video for Cork County Council’s Talent Mapping initiative. For more information about the initiative visit www.abodoo/corkcounty

Anna Geary features as an ambassador in a promotional video for Cork County Council’s Talent Mapping initiative. For more information about the initiative visit www.abodoo/corkcounty

Anna Geary features as an ambassador in a promotional video for Cork County Council’s Talent Mapping initiative. For more information about the initiative visit www.abodoo/corkcounty

Speaking to the RTE Guide, she pointed out that when her Ireland’s Fittest Family co-coach Davy Fitzgerald got married a week before she did, he was not asked the same questions.

“Women get asked that question a lot more than men do,” she said. “I asked Davy did he get asked about having children and he hadn't. It's something that people need to be a bit more mindful of.”

She added: “Would we like a family? Yes, we would. Will we have a family? That's not really our decision and I’m mindful of that.

"Nowadays there’s a certain awareness that people need to have – that not everyone is going to be able to have a family or maybe they just don't want to; it's a very personal thing.”

Anna revealed that she is spending time at home now 24/7 with her husband Kevin, which is a big change to the dynamics of their relationship.

“If we could survive that first year then I think we're OK for what's to come,” she laughs. “The reality is we were both used to being busy, we both worked full days and were gone from the house most of the day and home the evenings and then have a couple of hours together. We were like passing ships in the night and then we've been catapulted into a 24 hours a day together existence.

"Now thankfully, we have found out that we do enjoy each other’s company because we've spent more time together in last year than the previous five years.”

She also says she feels quite strongly about the fact that when she was revealed as one of the contestants on Dancing with the Stars she was described as the competitive one.

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Former Cork camogie player Anna Geary and her dance partner Kai Widdrington during season two of Dancing With The Stars. Photo: Kobpix

Former Cork camogie player Anna Geary and her dance partner Kai Widdrington during season two of Dancing With The Stars. Photo: Kobpix

Former Cork camogie player Anna Geary and her dance partner Kai Widdrington during season two of Dancing With The Stars. Photo: Kobpix

“As a woman it feels that sometimes being competitive is seen as a negative thing. You could be assertive as a man but it comes across as bossy as a woman.

“I thought it was hilarious when I was described as the competitive one – Rob Heffernan was in it and he's an Olympian. I think it's really important for young girls to not shy away from being competitive.”

In a previous interview Anna said Irish women should be having a louder conversation about fertility, and issues surrounding conception.

“I’m acutely aware of the amount of people who struggle with fertility,” she said.

“It’s not like kids aren’t on the cards, I’m hopeful that they will be but I’m reluctant to say that we will because I don’t know if we can have them.

“I personally think we don’t talk about the struggles of fertility as a nation.”

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