| 12.5°C Dublin

'really upsetting' Mairead Ronan opens up on rude comments she got from men about her appearance

'I never get d**k pics. Thank God.'

Close

Mairead Ronan. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Mairead Ronan. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Mairead Ronan. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Mairead Ronan has opened up about the rude comments she got from men about her appearance.

The 41-year-old recently left Today FM after almost 20 years in order to spend more time with her young family.

“I never get d**k pics. Thank God. Never, my male following is probably just a little bit older,” the Ireland's Fittest Family host told The Mario Rosenstock Podcast.

“I would get things all the time from men like ‘I like your hair longer’, when I cut it into a bob, or ‘I think you wear too much makeup’.”

Mairead revealed that her RTE colleague, former rugby star Donncha O’Callaghan is always quick to jump to her defence.

“I’ve sent these to the Fittest Family WhatsApp group, and Donncha O’Callaghan would be getting so annoyed, he’s like, ‘Who the f**k is your man?!’”

Close

Davy Fitzgerald, Anna Geary, Derval O’Rourke, and Donncha O’Callaghan with Mairéad Ronan on Ireland's Fittest Family

Davy Fitzgerald, Anna Geary, Derval O’Rourke, and Donncha O’Callaghan with Mairéad Ronan on Ireland's Fittest Family

Davy Fitzgerald, Anna Geary, Derval O’Rourke, and Donncha O’Callaghan with Mairéad Ronan on Ireland's Fittest Family

Mairead also shared how another man sent in a nasty complaint to Today FM management because she mentioned her period.

"I had this really nasty complaint sent to Today FM management about me. They had to respond to this man.”

"He said he was so disgusted and that he switched off the station and will never listen again because I mentioned I had my period that day,” she said.

"It was true I did, but it was said in a jokey tone because I had such a rotten day."

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

"I was so annoyed because during the time we had four ads running on my show everyday for weeks on end for medication for erectile dysfunction,” she explained.

“That effects X amount of men but periods effect half the population and I just mentioned it and was getting a complaint.

"I asked management 'Can you please put that in to the response back?'

"It was very bizarre and really upsetting."

Mairead revealed that working in the radio industry made her feel like she was lucky to have a job despite being loved by her audience.

The presenter also admitted that she grew “fed up” of that feeling which led her to the decision to leave the business.

“What’s weird about the industry is you’re made to feel like you’re lucky to be there. You’re lucky to have been given this opportunity, this chance,” she said.

“You never feel secure, no matter how good a job you’ve done. It’s always like, ‘Oh, contract negotiations are coming up. So, dance monkey’.”

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Privacy