Nine personalities get personal withand share their memorable moments of 2019.
The Leaving Cert, not mine but my eldest’s. Watching him head off on his bike to collect his results, and saying to him, that good, bad or indifferent, it was just a marker of the beginning of the best time of his life. Nothing quite as exciting as being 18, regardless of results, you really start experiencing freedom.
And oddly, a near equal was watching my daughter’s hair go curly. Mine went curly at the same age, 12, and it was strangely exciting . Except she has big dusty, blonde shiny ones! She never believed me when I told her her hair would turn at 12. But it did, almost overnight, it was a total fairy godmother moment except there were no wands, or weird foot men!
Professionally, it was an amazing year for our show Home Rescue and this year I also started work on radio which allowed me to branch outa bit!
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
My favorite moment actually happened all the way back in January. I had the opportunity to work with head chef Ed Cooney and his team at The Merrion Hotel to bring recipes from my book Vegan-ish to life.
Launching the vegan menu in the gorgeous surrounds of The Garden Room restaurant at The Merrion was a dream come true and really elevated perceptions of vegan food in the most beautiful way!
HEAVEN ON EARTH
Last summer my family took a mobile home in a secret part of Kerry, just outside Ventry. We spent our holiday jumping off the pier while the sun was shining and eagles circled the sky.
We walked a way called Cosán na Naomh and it really was one of the most beautiful experiences ever. When you are in that part of Ireland there really isn’t anywhere else in the world to rival it. It is heaven on earth.
PASSING MY EXAMS
At the end of last June I passed my first year graduate med exams, making me a quarter of the way to becoming a fully-fledged doctor. I had no science background whatsoever so the year was a real struggle and the relief at passing was unbelievable!
And close to that, seeing and reporting on Galway winning the All Ireland camogie final and interviewing a fellow Galway girl, captain Sarah Dervan.
There were a number of big moments for me this year. I am coaching Brendan Boyce who won at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha this year.
That was a massively proud moment for me because I have been working with Brendan for seven years and he has gotten better year on year.
That is topped off by my son Cathal playing soccer for Ireland this year and then scoring a goal against Poland. I am so proud of him.
2019 has been a fabulous year. Of course, getting married was incredible and getting the new job at Today FM was a dream come true. I think though, my highlight of 2019 was moving into our new home.
It is the first home that we have bought together, it’s the place that we both come back to at the end of every day. The wedding is a day but building a home together is for life. Having our first Christmas as husband and wife and in our new home will probably make 2019 one of the most memorable years yet.
My favourite moment of the year has to be while watching This Time with Alan Partridge. Steve Coogan puts on a stellar west of Ireland accent as Martin Brennan, A rebel singing farmer. To hear Come Out Ye Black And Tans on the BBC filled me with a wicked joy.
There are two major stand out moments for me when it comes to 2019. The first one, and probably the one which has had the biggest impact on our family was when our now three and a half year old started to sleep the whole night through.
It was a very long three years! Of course, the other one was turning the big Four Oh! It really was a time to reflect on the last ten years, in particular going from being single to a married mother-of-three! While I am always grateful for what I have, there have been some really tough parenting moments along the way, especially when sleep deprived.
I am very happy to be coming out the other side with everyone healthy and still married!!
This has been a particularly exciting year, so much so that it’s hard to pick just one stand out moment, but if I must, it’s the one that started it.
On a very dreary Tuesday in an extremely dreary January, I was matching socks (laundry day!) when I got a text telling me my book The Liar’s Girl was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel — previously won by the likes of Raymond Chandler and Stephen King.
I got such a shock I was shaking.
That led to a trip to the ceremony in New York, a life changing 6-book deal and every other good thing that’s happened this year.