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life is a juggle Aoibhin Garrihy enjoying Clare's slower pace after industry 'took its toll'

'When I got out of the fast lane in Dublin, I saw things more clearly'

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Aoibhín Garrihy

Aoibhín Garrihy

Aoibhín Garrihy

Aoibhin Garrihy has said that she’s glad she moved to Co. Clare instead of pursuing her Hollywood dream after the industry “took its toll” on her.

The actor planned to move out to Los Angeles after she finished playing Neasa Dillon on Fair City eight years ago, but a last-minute decision saw her move to the West of Ireland with her partner instead.

Speaking to the RTÉ Guide, Aoibhin explained her decision: “I came to a crossroads where I had to make a decision. I still love to act but it was the industry that took its toll on me.

“The highs and lows, the rejections and having to pick yourself up and dust yourself off and go again.”

She said that moving to Clare with her husband John Burke meant “the pace was slower and life could be enjoyed more.”

The 30-year-old continued: “When I got out of the fast lane in Dublin, I saw things more clearly.

“I'm a firm believer in dreaming big but life is a juggle and that is the reality. I haven't fully hung up the boots.”

Aoibhin, who is now expecting her third child with John, added that she believes that the lessons she learned as an actor helped her to cope during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“People opening up about their health and personal life has brought me more joy than any acting role because you feel that it's making a difference,” she shared.

“Women in particular were guilty of burning the candle at both ends and putting themselves way down the list of priorities.

“I've great support with John and family but I've struggled too, like many others with high and low days over the last 18 months.

“I take the good with the bad and as an actor, I had to learn to be resilient and toughen up. I have a thick skin.”

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