RTE’s Sinead Kennedy confirms Today show return date after maternity leave – RSVP Live
Sinead Kennedy left the Today show in March to give birth to her first child, and despite intentions of returning to RTE in September, the presenter has taken extended leave to spend precious time with her daughter.
However today (Wednesday) Sinead revealed that she will be back with her co-host Daithi O’Se two days a week in the new year. Maura Derrane will continue to host the show from Wednesday to Friday.
Taking to Instagram to answer burning questions from followers, Sinead said she is doing “really great” and gave an update as to when she’ll be back on our screens.
She wrote: “Missing Daithi and the craic to be fair, but back for more madness in January”.
The RTE presenter and her naval officer husband Conor Kirwan welcomed their first child, a daughter named Indie, in March.
At the time, Sinead shared a touching statement after giving birth and Cork University Hospital: “Home a few days now and settling into life with the little one. Indie Kirwan is the most precious thing to have ever happened to us. We’re overcome with happiness and are feeling extremely grateful.”
While Sinead had initially said she would be back on screen when the show returned after its annual three month summer break, RTE confirmed that she is taking some extra time to enjoy those baby cuddles.
Previously speaking to RSVP Live, the 37-year-old said: “I will miss three months of The Today Show this spring, but I could never have done them anyway straight after giving birth.”
“Assuming the show is back in September and all is good, my six months’ maternity leave will be up then anyway so it has all timed out perfectly for me.”
“I might as well chill out and enjoy the time off I have because everyone says that it goes by so fast.”
Sinead wasn’t sure what her return to work would be like after having her first child, she said: “Listen, who knows what I will be like in September? I could be traumatised going back.”
Instead, Emer O’Neill has stepped in to present alongside Daithi on Mondays and Tuesdays for the rest of the year.
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