TV presenter Maura Derrane has spoken out about becoming a mother at the age of 43, and although she has no regrets, she admits she feels “too old” to have another baby.
The RTE Today host also revealed that she felt no guilt over returning to work just four months after the birth of her son Cal in May 2014, who she had with her Fine Gael TD husband, John Deasy
Maura (44) said the popular afternoon show with co-presenter Daithí Ó Sé would have “gone on without her” regardless, and she availed of help from a childminder.
“I don’t regret it for one second, he’s fine, he’s a very balanced and happy baby,” she said.
The television host also admitted that it “would have been nice” to have another child, had she started her family at a younger age.
“It would have been nice to have another child. I mean I’m not going to, I’m too old, but in hindsight it might have been,” she commented.
“And not for me, but for him. I grew up with three sisters and while we killed each other we still knew we had one another and having siblings is a great thing.”
She added that she feels blessed for having such a quiet, well-behaved son and joked that God took pity on her for being over 40.
With Today winding down for the summer soon, Maura is looking forward to quality time with her little man and husband John, who she married in 2005.