Sinead Kennedy, Elaine Crowley, Blaithnaid Treacy and Lisa Cannon open up their Christmas Day wardrobes to Carolyn Moore.
Even though I’ve a wardrobe full of them, I always feel the need to buy more sequins at Christmas. I saw this Topshop jacket online and thought “I have to have that”! That was the start of a month long search, because it was sold out, but I was like a kid at Christmas when it finally arrived.
I’ll wear it on Christmas day with my usual basics - black skinny jeans, and a black top. I prefer to keep it comfortable. When I was younger, buying the Christmas outfit used to be a big thing, but one year I realised, I’m calling to family, I don’t need to go all out. And these days I do a lot of driving, so I just want something comfortable, that I can pig out in, and relax and enjoy the day.
My Christmas has been the same for as long as I can remember - I’d travel home on Christmas Eve; be up early Christmas morning to exchange presents; then we’d drive to Tipperary for dinner in my grandmother’s. Last year, I slightly changed the plan and spent Christmas Eve in Dublin with my husband, Conor, which was quite controversial in the Kennedy household!
Before that, we’d never seen each other on Christmas day, so last year we stayed together to do his traditional Christmas Eve. We went out with his parents, went to mass with them, came home and had ham sandwiches in the middle of the night, delighted with life; then I got up Christmas morning and drove to my granny’s in Tipperary.
We’ve had Christmas dinner there for years - my parents, my siblings, my granny and my uncle. Other relatives drop in and out during the day, and we usually spend the evening in my aunt’s house. We have a nice set little routine, and it’s just a really nice time, I couldn’t miss it.
On a personal level I’d like to sort myself out in 2017; anchor myself in either Cork or Dublin, and start building a life with Conor. My family and my whole life is in Cork, but my job is in Dublin, and I’ve a lot of good friends there, so I’d hate to leave it, but I need to make a decision, start acting like a grown up and start planning, rather than living in limbo.
I’ve enjoyed working on new things in 2016. Don’t get me wrong, I love Winning Streak, I wouldn’t give it up for the world. I love working with Marty, giving away a fortune, making dreams come true, but it’s nice to venture out and do other things. I did some documentaries this year - The Road to the Dome, and The Only Gay in the Village - and it was great to be able to explore that side of myself, and that side of the job; show people there’s a more serious side to me. I’m hoping for more of that next year, and I always hope I’ll do a little travelling, so fingers crossed.
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