RTÉ presenter Claire Byrne and husband Gerry Scollan in their evening wear. Photo: Conor McCabe

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Claire Byrne on her surprise wedding: 'I didn't want to make a circus out of it'

RTE's Claire Byrne has opened up about her recent wedding, saying she was determined to have a "low-key" day.

The Claire Byrne Live co-presenter married partner Gerry Scollan, with whom she has children Patrick (two) and Jane (22 months) last June. The pair kept it under wraps until after the ceremony.

"I didn't want to make a circus out of it, but I also didn't tell people not to talk about it," she said.


"I just didn't want to be talking about dresses, shoes and menus - the important thing to me was that we were getting married and it wasn't going to be a big event."

She looked stunning in an ivory shift dress with capped sleeves by her favourite designer, Louise Kennedy.

Claire and Gerry swapped vows in the registry office in front of two close friends before going to the Angler's Rest in Chapelizod for a reception with 100 guests.

Carlow- born Claire told the RTE Guide they had a "blast" celebrating their wedding.

"We were on the dancefloor from about eight at night until two in the morning. It was all so low-key. I refused to get stressed or make a big deal - it all went very, very smoothly," she said.

Her hen party was in Kilkenny with her female relatives and, unusually, she had a honeymoon in Ashford Castle two days before the wedding.

She first met Gerry in a Dublin pub and she said they "knew instantly" that they were going to be together.

Juggling a busy career on TV while having two children under three is difficult at times, she said.

"It's just about survival with two kids: you're up really early, making sure everyone is fed, go to work, make sure someone is back in time to pick them up," she said.

She's also busy working on her Monday night current affairs show Claire Byrne Live, which goes out at 10.30pm.

But she said she's lobbying her bosses to move the slot to an hour earlier, to run directly after the 9pm news.

"There's a different buzz on the show when you're on air straight after the news," she said.

"We've been long having that argument and I know Pat Kenny had it before us."