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'Tough time' Laura Woods said her husband was a great support when she left Ireland AM

"It's a tough time when you go through something like that, which is life-changing in a way."

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Laura and her husband Mark

Laura and her husband Mark

Laura and her husband Mark

Ex Ireland AM star Laura Woods has said that her husband Mark Arigho was a great support to her when she left the Virgin Media show last year.

Her exit from the programme came amid a number of changes at the station which also saw TV favourites like Glenda Gilson and Anna Daly also depart.

Speaking to RSVP Magazine, Laura said: "Mark has always been really supportive and last summer was no different. It's a tough time when you go through something like that, which is life-changing in a way.”

"Your career path was going a certain way and then suddenly you have to pick yourself up and change direction,” she said.

"When decisions are out of your hands, there's just no point in getting upset about it, there's enough darkness in the world. I try not to take life too seriously and have some fun."

Now that she no longer works weekends, the couple, who have two sons together Ben and Mark, are able to spend more time together as a family.

“The lads play loads of different sports at the weekends and it's lovely that I'm able to be pitchside now at the matches. They love the fact that I'm around for them," she said.

Laura also said she was always sad to miss matches and was forced to ask other parents to cheer for her son.

"I would have felt very disappointed in the past to miss matches. I do remember texting the WhatsApp group with the school mums one day asking if they would cheer for Ben because nobody was going to be with him as Mark had to take my other son to a match."

Laura and her husband met on a blind date almost fifteen years ago.

They were set up by a mutual friend and got engaged two years later.

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The pair then tied the knot in 2009 at a stunning ceremony at Slane Castle in Co Meath.

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