Claire Byrne ‘bat­tens down the hatches’ as her fam­ily gets even big­ger

Irish Daily Mail - - News - LAURA BUT­LER

BROAD­CASTER Claire Byrne is now ‘bat­ten­ing down the hatches’ as she ad­justs to life as a mother of three. The RTÉ pre­sen­ter, pic­tured, re­vealed she gave birth to her third child with hus­band Gerry Scol­lan, a daugh­ter named Emma, last week.

The Co. Laois-born an­chor, who ex­changed vows with other half Gerry in a pri­vate cer­e­mony in Dublin in June 2016, gave birth at the Na­tional Ma­ter­nity Hospi­tal in Dublin last Wed­nes­day and is now rest­ing at home with the new­born.

Cur­rent af­fairs host Byrne, 41, told the Ir­ish Daily Mail yes­ter­day that there’s been ‘great ex­cite­ment’ in their house over the past few days and that her other chil­dren – three­year-old Pa­trick and two-year-old Jane – were de­lighted to meet their new sib­ling.

‘Pa­trick and Jane are thrilled with their new sis­ter,’ she said. ‘I had an­other great ex­pe­ri­ence in Holles Street and ad­mire every­one there so much for the job they do in tough con­di­tions.

‘For the next while, we are go­ing to batten down the hatches and ad­just to our new lives as a fam­ily of five.’

Byrne and Gerry de­cided to keep the sex of their baby a sur­prise this time around. The pre­sen­ter, whose TV pro­gramme Claire Byrne Live and RTÉ Ra­dio 1 slot Satur­day with Claire Byrne are rat­ings hits for the na­tional broad­caster, an­nounced news of her preg­nancy in Jan­uary.

For­mer New­stalk host Byrne is due back in front of the cam­eras and on the air­waves within three months.

A spokesper­son for RTÉ con­firmed that an­other sea­son of Claire Byrne Live will kick off on Septem­ber 11. Byrne re­turned to work ten weeks af­ter giv­ing birth to her sec­ond child and said ear­lier this year that she hopes to fol­low the same pat­tern this time around.

‘Ex­pe­ri­ence has taught me that in the early stages of moth­er­hood it is eas­ier for me to go back to work quickly,’ she said.

‘The prob­lems start when the chil­dren are older and they need you more. Gerry is gen­er­ally at home with the chil­dren when I’m at my busiest in work. It is al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult.’

Byrne pre­vi­ously said that at one time she thought a fam­ily was not on the cards for her.

‘I feel re­ally lucky that this is the way my life has worked out,’ she said. ‘I look at my chil­dren and am con­stantly sur­prised that I have them, be­cause I had reached a point where I thought that I re­ally wouldn’t have chil­dren in my life.’

She added: ‘I didn’t re­ally want a big fam­ily but Gerry comes from a big fam­ily and wanted a big fam­ily. The num­ber in his head was al­ways four, but I’ll stick with three as good com­pro­mise.’

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