I enjoyed We Are the Young Men from Rob Doyle, a guy who went to the same school as me, I’m looking forward to his follow-up in 2016. The best book I read this year was Alan Cumming’s memoir, Not My Father’s Son.
It’s an old one but a good one, I saw The Omen for the first time this year at Halloween. Spectre was good in the cinemas but a bit forgettable too.
I love live comedy (when its bad, it’s awful) I recently saw Colm O’Regan and Colum McDonnell, both excellent. I also enjoyed an art exhibition in October from a talented painter friend, Sergey Talichkin.
Spotify on my phone and vinyl harvested from hours in record shops, from one extreme to another.
A friend who emigrated this year gifted me piles of vinyl. Lots of it from the 80s. I’ve been listening to loads of old Bowie this month as a result.
I saw the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in New York in March and I thought it was brilliantly translated to the stage. I really liked that book when I was younger.
I watch very little live TV, I’m never home. The news is the most watched TV programme in my house.
Newstalk 24-7 of course. There is another channel called RTÉ, it can be quite good at times.
Wogan, Norton and Winfrey — no question.
I once linked Roger Moore’s arm and helped him down the stairs in a theatre; he’d hurt his knee. He joked it was from praying.
A Hugo Boss suit which was two sizes too big and made me look like a pimp. The salesman could have sold sand to the Saudis. I can’t remember how much it cost, but it was too much.
iPhone — I use it too much for everything and I can’t remember passwords anymore. I use Apple TV a good bit too to binge on Netflix.
Hospital staff. Lots of bad things happen around health policy and they overshadow the wonderful things that happen in healthcare. The stories are too personal but I’ve seen hospital staff from cleaners to nurses do wonderful things for people I care about this year.
No phones, social media, texts or instant messaging — talk to each other in person and see how we get on.