Miriam O'Callaghan says that she struggles to keep a balance between her work life and her personal life.

Speaking to RTÉ TEN at the launch of RTÉ Radio 1's new season, she said: “I fail [to get the balance right] every day of my life but the thing is, I don’t worry about it. Life is about doing the best you can but like most other people I struggle.”

The 53-year-old’s schedule remains busy in the new season as she continues to stand in on the John Murray Show on RTÉ Radio 1.

“I’m fortunate enough to be standing in for John in the Autumn. It’s a brilliant team and I’ve loved doing it.” she said.

Having forged a successful career in both television and radio, O’Callaghan openly admits that TV was her first love but that radio also holds a special place in her heart.

“If you’re a female presenter all anyone does in the first few minutes, evidence shows, is look at you, what you are wearing, what your hair is like, and it distracts from what I do best which is interview people.

“On radio that’s all I do. I can be in my nightie - I’m not - but I can just sit there and just focus on talking to the person and be interested in their story.”

Despite enjoying letting her image take a back seat on radio, the mother of eight is still well known for her style. When asked what the secret behind her glamorous appearance is she said: "I just try and be happy in life.”

She added: “I want to live everyday 24/7 to the best of my abilities and that’s what I say to my children too.”