I like all of Philippa Gregory’s books, they are based on factual historical events surrounding European Royalty in the late 16th and early 17th Century. I specifically liked The Queens Fool.
I usually buy CDs and recently discovered Spotify. My most useful source is my Uncle Frank who has a vast collection of CDs, LPs and 78s dating back to the early 1900s.
Thomas Hampson singing Samuel Barber’s ‘Sure on this Shining Night’.
Arcedelts Ave Maria — my parents used to sing it in St Francis Church Choir.
Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler in the Abbey Theatre starring Fiona Shaw. It was one of the most powerful theatrical experiences of my life.
I like documentaries, I try to record a series and watch late in the evening when I’m finished work. I don’t watch much early evening TV as I’m often busy at that time of day.
Late Date with Alf McCarthy, any Lyric FM shows. I always have the radio on when I’m driving so I could end up listening to country & western if I had to.
Bernard Haitink, a great maestro whom I was honoured to work with; Anne Murray, a wonderful mezzo-soprano; Robert Beare, my singing teacher who taught me a great vocal technique and who instilled in me a love of sacred music which I cherish to this day.
Martin Sheen, an absolute gentleman and I am a big fan of his work.
My late parents Ann and Donal bought me a Kinsale cloak for my 18th birthday. It was bought in Cronins of Kinsale. I don’t remember how much, but it was very expensive. I wore it for years but had to throw it away when a vast amount of moths ate their way through my lovely cloak. I was sad to see it destroyed but the moths ate very well, little blighters!
I lost a very dear friend recently, Breda Kenny, she was a ‘friend’ of Marymount Hospice. She had an amazing capacity to fundraise and raise awareness of the vital services Marymount provides, while avoiding the limelight herself. Her fellow ‘friends’ and all the management and staff in Marymount were very supportive of her through the years. I, like many others, miss her very much.
Make Mother’s Day a long weekend!