Nominate the 2019 Celeb Mum
Each year, along with the countless number of incredible mums from all around Ireland who are celebrated at our annual Woman’s Way and Beko Mum of the Year Awards, we also like to make sure the celebrity mums aren’t forgotten about. That’s why we need your help in choosing this year’s Celebrity Mum of the Year. We also have gorgeous goodie bags to give away to three lucky voters! Simply choose who you think should win from the six brilliant mums below, click here to nominate. We’ll pick three entrants at random to win a beauty bag from our beauty cupboard.
Someone not on the list that you want? To nominate another celebrity mum who you feel deserves the title, and email your answer to Woman’s Way editor Áine Toner, firstname.lastname@example.org, by 12pm on Friday May, 24.
Kathleen Watkins was one of the first ever continuity announcers when RTÉ, or Telefís Éireann as it was known then, went on air in the early 1960s. However in June 1964, when she married Gay Byrne, Kathleen was forced to give up her job due to the marriage bar. As well as being a mum of two daughters, Suzy and Crona, Kathleen is a well-known harpist and singer, she has done some broadcasting and has written two best-selling children’s books.
Since first appearing on Fade Street in 2010, Vogue Williams has carved out a fantastic career, both in Ireland and internationally. Before welcoming her first son Theodore with Spencer Matthews in September 2018, DJ and radio personality Vogue took part in TV shows such as Dancing with the Stars Australia, Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and The Jump among others. In 2015 and 2016 Vogue presented a series of documentaries which aired on RTÉ2 with a variety of themes, ranging from female fighters to cat fishing.
Presenter and mum of three - sons Finn and JJ and daughter Eve - Karen Koster joined TV3, now Virgin Media Television, as a weather presenter on Ireland AM in 2004 and has been a regular on Xposé since it first aired in 2007. Karen has done lots of work for Irish charities including being an ambassador for CMRF Crumlin, she launched the Great Irish Bake for Temple Street and supported the ISPCC Childline. Taking a little break from her Xposé duties, Karen has been filling in for Ciara Doherty on Ireland AM since March this year.
Beginning her career as a model, Glenda Gilson appeared on the pages of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire but in 2006 she turned her hand to presenting and two years later she joined the Xposé team, becoming a permanent presenter in 2009. Glenda - who’s son Bobby was born in October last year - was a contestant on RTÉ reality TV show Celebrity Banisteoir and has worked Irish charities such as with Dogs Trust Ireland, LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice and the ISPCC. Glenda also has her own jewellery line, G by Glenda, known for its delicate and elegant pieces.
Mum of two sons, Cian and Tom, journalist and presenter Teresa Mannion worked in children’s television in the 1980s and has worked for RTÉ News since the 1990s. In 2015, while reporting on Storm Desmond, Teresa’s popularity among the masses rose even further and she became a viral sensation. She appeared on the first series of Dancing with the Stars Ireland in 2017 and was paired with professional dance partner, John Nolan. After being diagnosed with and surviving breast cancer a number of years ago, Teresa has gone on to work with the Irish Cancer Society.
Radio personality Mairéad Ronan took a break from radio and Today FM in 2017 to concentrate on her television work instead. The mum of three, who dotes on son Dara and daughters Eliza and Bonnie has worked on RTÉ’s comedy show The Panel as well as the Republic of Telly in the past. Mairéad was a mentor on Celebrity Bainisteoir in 2010 coaching the Ballymun Kickhams and is the current reigning Dancing with the Stars champion, having taken home the glitterball trophy earlier this year.