Ciara Doherty shares that “it’s nice to live a more regular life” since leaving Ireland AM

Pic: Evan Doherty for VIP Magazine

For TV presenter, Ciara Doherty, life has changed dramatically since she left morning television.

Ciara has recently left her morning slot on Ireland AM, as she was recently confirmed as the new host of the Tonight Show.

The Donegal native will be swapping over from Ireland AM, as she began her new gig alongside Matt Cooper on September 1st.

They’ll be in studio together every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 10pm, as they go through the top news stories of the day.

“I am delighted to be joining a programme as established as The Tonight Show on Virgin Media One and of course to be working alongside a broadcaster as respected as Matt Cooper,” she beamed when the news was announced.

Pic: Brian McEvoy/Virgin Media

It seems that the change in her working hours will have the biggest impact on her day to day life, as she no longer has to do the early mornings.

“Anybody who works on a breakfast programme will tell you just how tough the hours are,” Ciara said to RSVP Live.

“I think everybody has this impression that it is fantastic because you finish up early and then you have the whole afternoon off. If I’ve heard that once, I’ve heard it a thousand times.”

“Nobody understands that you walk around like a zombie for most of that afternoon and you very much live your life by the clock. It’s only people who have worked breakfast at some stage in their career really understand what it’s like.”

Pic: Brian McEvoy

Not having to watch the clock and go to bed earlier means she gets to spend more quality time with her husband and little girl, Renee.

“It was so lovely on Sunday evening to look at the clock at five o’clock and not have to do anything, because normally I would be preparing myself for the week ahead and getting to bed early.”

“It was lovely to just not have that pressure, and it’s nice to live a more regular life. What I lose out in the afternoons and evenings I get back in the mornings,” she shared.

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