‘Maybe I’ll be married in a decade’ – Muirene O’Connell

Muirene O’Connell has revealed that she is in no hurry to start planning her wedding with her long-term partner.

The Ireland AM presenter said she wanted to “shout out” at the thoughts of all the preparations involved.

“It took me a long time to agree to put the ring on my finger or even think about it, so maybe I’ll be married in a decade, god only knows we haven’t even thought about it.

“I really don’t know, I’ve had a party in my life and she was in my 30s and she was just throwing a party in my front room, and I found the hoop hurts.” So when friends tell me about what it takes to organize a wedding, I want to leave the room screaming.

“At this stage my mom might marry me out of a rusty bucket, but I don’t know what we’ll do,” she said.

The Limerick native made news of her engagement live on air in November after her ring was spotted by Ireland AM collaborators Alan Hughes and Tommy Bowe.

“Well, what I really liked is that I was getting away with it without a big deal and then we were having our meeting before the show at around 5.30 am one morning and the producer of our series was like Denise ‘Is it a ring on his finger’.

“Both boys didn’t notice a thing and Tommy was like ‘to be fair you wear so much jewelry you’re always fretting how can I see another bloody ring’.

Muirene said: “It wasn’t really what I expected – did I ever imagine that Alan Hughes and Tommy Bowe would be two people who would tell some of my family members that I was engaged, no I didn’t expect I thought it would ever happen, but it’s definitely something I’ll remember.”

O’Connell described himself as a “night owl” and said that adjusting to the initial shift after introducing The Six O’Clock Show has been challenging.

“I’ve always had sleep problems, I’m a very bad sleeper. Once we get into that it’s totally and utterly fine, it’s just trying to settle. Waking up in the morning And it’s really good to start the day early.

“But as a night owl who was happily watching TV until 4 a.m., that was weird.

“I don’t remember a time when it wasn’t an issue, I remember being really young and I used to wake up at 11 p.m. and I certainly don’t remember being a teenager and ever being able to sleep.” There was potter around the room,” she said.

O’Connell said she’s learned a lot from her co-host Tommy Bowe in regards to ignoring any negative comments she receives online.

The former Irish rugby star admitted that early in his professional career he learned what was written about him online.

“There will be days when I had a bad match playing rugby and I know not to go near my phone for a week or two because nothing positive will come of it,” Bowe said.

“I learned very early in my career not to really read stuff about myself because I don’t think there’s anything in it. From this can be obtained positive or negative.

“Sure, as I got older, I’ve learned to be able to deal with it better. Now that I’m in television it’s not as many highs and lows as I would have been in sports, but I think Whether it’s good, bad or nostalgic, it doesn’t really affect me as much as I don’t really take it to heart anymore.”

Muiren added: “I don’t really go on Twitter, and I certainly don’t go on Facebook, and I don’t check comments under any posts on Ireland AM.”

“I learned a lot from Tommy, being with him since he was at this stage, and he could write people in Australia about him and it was very focused on him as an international player.

“And Tommy would just say ‘Okay next game let’s move on’ and he’ll say, and I can’t do it as well as he can but he’s really helping me go ‘Okay let’s park it. Let’s move on’ and it’s been a really good place to try to learn from him that way and it’s actually really helped,” she said.