The Dubliner revealed the news earlier today, saying she is stepping away from her lunchtime radio show in order to spend more time with her family.
Sharing the news with her lunchtime listeners, Mairead said: “I have made an exciting but also a bittersweet decision I want to share. I’ve decided to step away from my lovely radio show."
"Radio and Today FM have made up such a large portion of my life, the people here are like family and presenting this show has been my highlight so it was really important to me that I get to share my news with you this way”.
Mairead continued: “Like everyone in the country the last year has given me time to reflect on where I am in my life, what I’ve achieved and what I like to do and how I want to spend my time. Like everyone I was thrown into unexpected circumstances where my work and home life had to be looked at differently. During all that chaos you’ll have heard me say it a lot, I found juggling work and home and all that went with stressful at times. But also in the middle of the madness my big takeaway and what showed up for me is that I really loved the simpler moments with the kids."
The mum of three said she realised that as life returned to "normal", she wanted to spend more time at home.
"It seems like the blink of an eye since Dara who is 14 was the age Eliza and Bonnie are now. I can’t believe it’s gone so quickly, so what I want to do is spend my time now relishing the everyday moments with them while they are small and spend time being the mum of a gorgeous teenager, something that’s new to me and I’m still trying to get used to!
"As you can imagine I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this, talking it through with my husband, Louis. I’ve been worried, nervous, scared and a whole heap of other emotions but once I made the decision, I knew it was the right time and the right move for me and I feel very fortunate to be able to make it. And really, I want to put into practice what I’ve learnt about myself over the last year”.
James Brownlow, Managing Editor, Music & Entertainment said: “While we are naturally sad to see her go, we understand the time is right for Mairead to focus on adventures with her family rather than ourselves. She leaves with our very best wishes and will always be welcomed on Today FM”.
Mairead is due to finish up on Today FM before Christmas.
Mairead began presenting her own lunchtime show on Today FM in September 2019. Previously she worked on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show and got her start on the Ray D'Arcy show in 2004.
Mairead is currently the presenter on Ireland's Fittest Family on RTE One and previously appeared on the third season of Dancing with the Stars, which she won.
She previously told the Sunday World how she put in the hard yards before making it onto the airwaves at the radio station.
I’ve worked my way through the ranks alright from tea making to researching to contributing and then producing,” she said.
“I have worked in Today FM for all of my career so I am definitely not just being thrown into the slot because of my win on Dancing with the Stars.”
“I know I am in radio so I in the past I could go unnoticed but I have also worked in TV at least once a year for 10-15 years. But nothing compared to DWTS. It was around week five when it really kicked in. I would be putting petrol in the car and someone would come over to me and ask for a selfie. I’d be shopping and it would be constant. It just made me realise how far reaching the show really was.”