Miriam O’Callaghan has had quite the career over the years between helming Prime Time since 1996 and having her very own talk show, Saturday Night with Miriam – not to mention a successful run on the airwaves as a radio presenter – she really has done it all.
Before all that, however, she worked on the BBC’s current affairs programme Newsnight where she met her husband Steve Carson.
Opening up about their early days, Miriam admitted that she “felt bad” for Steve who gave up his career at the time in order to be with her and her children.
Telling the Sunday World: “I met him in the BBC and he gave up his career to come home with me because I had four young daughters from my first marriage.
“I always felt bad about that, so I was delighted when he went back to the BBC — it’s your only life, make of it what you can.”
Steve now splits his time between Dublin and Glasgow to accommodate his role as director general of BBC Scotland.
Speaking of their long-distance relationship, Miriam, adds: “I think you should give your partner the freedom to do what they want and if you love each other and your bond is there, everything will be fine.”
Miriam and Steve went on to have four children together, with the Prime Time presenter joyfully recalling the birth of their son Jack.
“When my son Jack was born, I had warned my husband Steve, ‘Don’t worry when they come out they always look a bit squashed’ — they sucked Jack out and he came out looking like Noddy.
“Steve said, ‘He’s beautiful’ and then they handed him to me and I said, ‘Jesus, what’s wrong with him!’ He looked fine after, of course,” she added.
Most recently Miriam has shut down talks of her taking over Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show as she wished to continue her work on RTE’s current affairs programme.