All We Shall Know, by Donal Ryan. I love his work: Spinning Heart and Something About December are wonderful. Hurry up and write more Donal!
A horrifying documentary called The Farm about a prison in the southern states of USA. There are more African-Americans in prison now than there were slaves prior to the American Civil War.
Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, John Kelly, Paddy Glackin and one other in a gig in Dungarvan. At one stage there were 3 bouzouki playing. I play the bouzouki myself and it was great to see playing of such quality by wonderful musicians, including the grandfather of Irish Bouzouki
Joni Mitchell: Blue. A wonderful artist with such a beautiful guitar style. Brings me back to 1980.
I saw Polanski’s Macbeth when I was 17. We were studying it at school for Leaving Cert. I was completely blown away by it. Visually amazing and brilliant verse speaking.
Best show has to be Mark Rylance in Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth at the Royal Court in London. A fab play about a gypsy outsider that is commentary on Britain present and ancient.
Judge Judy when I’m ironing. Rugbaí Beo when I’m in Ireland on a Friday.
I love Lyric, and Blue of the Night.
Robert de Niro, Meryl Streep and Spencer Tracey.
Meryl Streep. I was in a scene with her in the film of Dancing at Lunasa
Fishing with my friend Pat Kiernan (artistic director of Corcadorca theatre company), late one night on the Blackwater, catching bucket loads. Pat always talks about the serenity of the river, and the beauty of the moonlit night. I was about 30 yards away from him, and next thing I hear a terrible hullabaloo. Pat swearing.
I was astonished and called up and to him to see if he was okay. He was shouting at an otter that had come up to his feet and was trying to run off with one of his fish! I thought it was hilarious, but a few minutes later he was at my feet, trying to get one of mine.
My maternal grandfather was a professor of experimental physics at UCC, and was president of the college for a number of years. He got a scholarship to go to Cambridge to do postgraduate work with Ernest Rutherford.
Anyone bringing up disabled children. I know of several people in the profession who have moulded their lives around their disabled children, with complete disregard for themselves. It’s astoundingly selfless, and these couples could do with more respite funding and support.
Give Donald Trump a haircut.