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UTV reporter Sara Moore on her special relationship with her mum

Published 10/02/2016

Solid bond: Sara Moore and her mother Inez
Solid bond: Sara Moore and her mother Inez

Sara Moore works as a journalist with UTV and her mother Inez is a former primary school teacher.

Name: Sara Moore

Age: 33

Occupation: Reporter at UTV

Relationship to Inez: Daughter

I have always been close to my family. In fact, I still live in Whitehead close to my parents Brian and Inez.

They are both retired teachers and my brother Christopher works as a set designer on Game of Thrones. We spend as much time together as a family as possible. There is nothing better than my mum's Sunday dinners.

My mum and I have always been close, like friends. I am a very private person and tend to keep my thoughts and feelings to myself, so my mum is usually my confidante.

I am single at the moment and I know mum would love nothing more than to see me settled down and married with a family.

Unfortunately, this hasn't happened yet, but I still have hope. For years I put my career first but now I'm at the stage where I would love to be married and have children - and I don't mind admitting that.

Although there is a big age gap between us, we talk all the time about what is going on in our lives.

My mum grew up in Saint Helena, which is one of the most remote islands in the South Atlantic, so her childhood was very different to mine.

She was part of a small, tight-knit community, so it was huge step for her to leave that behind and come to live in Northern Ireland permanently, after she met my dad.

But she wanted to be with the man she loved.

Fortunately, mum is a friendly and outgoing person and she made her own friends here, too. One of the first things she did was to set up a Scout group which she was involved with for many years.

She was a teacher then took a career break when we came along, before eventually returning. My mum is compassionate, kind and selfless with a massive heart.

We enjoy nothing better than jumping on the train - she has her free travel pass now - and heading away for the day up to Londonderry to shop and have lunch."

Name: Inez Moore

Age: 70

Occupation: Retired teacher

Relationship to Sara: Mother

Growing up in Saint Helena was wonderful as it is beautiful, but when it was time for me to go to university I was keen to travel.

The first offer of a university place came from Northern Ireland so, not only did I get my degree in primary school teaching, I also got my husband Brian into the bargain. We met when we were studying and started dating. After graduation, I had to go back home but I really missed him. Back then it took days to communicate as there was no Skype of Facebook.

We would write each other long letters or send telegrams.

We soon realised we wanted to be together, so I left everything behind in 1969, which was extremely difficult and emotional, to come here.

Brian and I got married in 1970, and I taught at a primary school until I had my children.

I'm very proud of both Sarah and Christopher as they both have great careers. Friends tell me when they see Sara on television and it makes me proud. I'm both her biggest supporter and strongest critic - if I think she has done something wrong I will soon tell her.

As Sara lives close by, we do spend a lot of time together.

The two of us enjoy walking together and it's also a good opportunity for a catch up - as is shopping.

She loves her job at UTV and I think that comes across in her bubbly and outgoing personality.

I would love to see Sara meet someone, fall in love and settle down, but it would have to be someone very special."

Sara's journey to journalism

  • Sara Moore graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in Media and Communications
  • She then did a post-grad in Broadcast Journalism
  • Her first job was as a reporter at Citybeat Radio
  • She moved to Cool FM and Downtown Radio as a reporter
  • Now she is a cross-platform journalist at UTV

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