Mary Kennedy has revealed that she is feeling ‘anxiety’ about moving from her family home to her new South Dublin home.
The former national host decided to downsize last year, putting a four-bed house in Nocbrion’s Coolumbah Park on the market for €850,000.
Despite moving just a kilometer away from her old home and having Fair City star Ryan Andrews as her next-door neighbor, the time of change still affects Mary.
‘I calmed down very well. In all fairness it’s only 1km from my old house so not too far. I’m still in the same parish and neighborhood and spent the night with my friends in the cul-de-sac. The house is new, bright and warm.
“I’m surrounded by several young families, and Ryan Andrews, a former Dancing With the Stars colleague, lives across the street from me,” she told RSVP.
Examining the difficulties of moving home, Mary came to the conclusion that “change is a good thing” and has given her “energy and vitality”.
She explained: I think change is good. That’s certainly good for me.
“This move has given me energy and vitality. I love gardening and enjoy gardening. A young family has moved into my old house.
“The house got too big and the yard was cramped, so I didn’t want to be there when I couldn’t manage it.”
Thankfully, Mary’s grown children love the property, which boasts an outdoor playground for her three grandchildren.
‘They love it. Her daughter Eva, who lives in Limerick, will be with me soon. I needed to get her bedroom ready when she and her children came to visit.
“The house is open plan, light and airy. There is a small playground outside the house that Eva’s kids think is Nana’s playground.
Mary has been busy with projects since she turned 65 in 2019 and was forced to “officially” retire from RTE when she teased the return of TG4’s popular series Moving West.
“This was the second season of the show originally commissioned by TG4 in 2021. It was such a success that they wanted to bring it back. Over the years, people have realized that they have the right work-life balance and have seen what their quality of life is like.
“This is about people choosing to balance things out by moving west. We are lucky that broadband is now the norm,” she said.