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Maura Derrane says she's 'allergic' to watching herself back on The Today Show

“I would check and constructively criticise myself, hyper critical in my case"

Maura Derrane

Eoin Murphy

Maura Derrane has admitted she can’t bear to watch The Today Show when she is not presenting.

The Today Show with Maura Derrane and Daíthí Ó’Sé returned this month for their ninth year on daytime TV.

But this season Sinéad Kennedy joined the line-up taking over Maura’s seat for the first two shows of the week.

Maura and Dáithí host Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with Sinéad and Dáithí on Monday and Tuesdays.

And Maura revealed that she is simply too busy to tune into the days she is off and admitted that she is “allergic” to watching herself back on TV.

“No, I don’t watch the show when I am not on it,” she told the Sunday World.

“I am too busy doing other things these days to watch the show.

“I don’t watch the show with me on it either though.

“Even if there was a repeat on or something, I never look back. No way, never, I am allergic to that.

“I used to once.

“I would check and constructively criticise myself, hyper critical in my case.

“But this is year nine, if I was still watching myself back every morning I would be worried about my state of mind.

“I am 12 years doing afternoon TV in RTÉ, it seems like an eternity and life passes very quickly. I can’t believe Cal is six years old, he has grown up so quickly.

“You blink and you are ten years older. I try to just live for the moment of every day.

Maura Derrane

“Celia Holman Lee said to me once, the new age is no age. That’s great and that is how I feel.”

Maura who turned 50 this year, said that she felt the time was right to make some changes in her life.

While her career is still important to her, she felt that it was time to spend a bit more quality time with her son.

“It has given me this breather in life,” she said.

“I get to walk Cal to school in the morning and then pick him up again.

“I never really got to do those things until now.

“It is a different dynamic which is great.

“Now more than ever you realise the value of family time.

“Especially because since Covid and lockdown happened, with my own family, I didn’t really see anyone else.”

If anything, the fluent Irish speaker and TV presenter says that since she has become middle-aged, she is more settled in herself.

“Life is different and we have to accept things,” she said.

“People say you can't have it all.

“I don’t know, I feel like I have a good balance.

“I have still kept my work identity and professionalism.

“My career is important too, just less important than it was maybe 10 years ago, before I had Cal.

“I know I have nothing to prove and I am not so hard on myself.

“It is possibly the only plus about getting older, is that you really don't care what other people think of you."

Maura has just moved back to Dublin on a permanent basis from Waterford and says she welcomes the new, Level 5 restrictions.

If anything she would be in favour of lockdown extending by a further two weeks, if it meant that she would get to spend Christmas with her family.

“I just really feel now we have to focus on Christmas and try and get the number down before Christmas. “That has to be the priority now.

“I would nearly keep the restrictions going until two weeks in to December.

“I just feel that the one thing I want to be able to do, is to go home for Christmas.

“I just do. Any other time, I don't mind so much.

“We are getting into the dark nights; I think it will be harder than the last time because of the darkness.

“We had a nice summer and were doing their own little jobs. You can't do that in Ireland in the winter.

“It is too cold and wet from now on.

“But I just feel that if we hunker down until mid-December we can save Christmas.”

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