Five minutes with…Miriam O’Callaghan

Each week, we ask a daughter to give us an insight into their relationship with their mother. This week, we sat down with RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan.

The Daughterhood Miriam O'CallaghanList three things you do with your mother.

I go out a few times a week to have lunch with my Mother where she lives in Foxrock. It’s the same house I grew up in. I love when she cooks me a fry as she makes the best fry in Ireland! I make a fry for my children every Saturday and Sunday morning in my own home, so it is a lovely treat when my Mum makes one for me. We chat about everything and attempt to solve all the world’s problems.

On other occasions, we also spend a lot of time together chatting to and playing with my children, and with my nieces and nephews. My mother is a wonderful grandmother and is always dispensing great advice. As a former school principal of a very large primary school, my mother has a very wise way of dealing with children. My mother and I also enjoy chatting to each other in Irish – she has very good Irish, mine used to be good but is now weak, but we enjoy talking to each other in our native tongue.

What characteristics do you share with your mother?

My mother is the most hard working person I have ever met – I got my work ethic from her. My Mum is also very positive about life, and I think I share that in common with her. Also my Mum is always in good form – I hope I too have that trait.

What life lesson did your mother teach you?

Two key life lessons I learned from my mother – work hard, and be stoic in the face of adversity.

Where do you fall down as a daughter?

I am always rushing from one place to another, it is the story of my life. I wish I had more time to stay with her when I visit. However there is never a day that goes by when I do not speak to my mother – I call her every day, often more than once, no matter how mad busy I am.

How has your relationship changed with your mother over the years?

I cannot ever remember having a  row with my mother – ever. We are similar in that we both loathe confrontation. I have always loved my Mum and have always been very close to her, but I feel blessed that I have been able to spend even more time with her in recent years.

My mother makes me feel…

Loved, secure, grounded and very proud that she is my mother.