My proudest moment was being at Monty Python’s last ever show and meeting them back-stage

In our weekly Person to Person column we catch up with Mike O'Sullivan, minister of the Unitarian Church, Cork city, ahead of Cork Heritage Open Day
My proudest moment was being at Monty Python’s last ever show and meeting them back-stage
Mike O’Sullivan, minister of the Unitarian Church, Cork city.

Ahead of Cork Heritage Open Day, this Saturday, August 15, we catch up with Rev Mike O’Sullivan, minister of the Unitarian Church, Cork city.

TELL us about yourself;

I am minister of the Unitarian Church in Princes Street in Cork. The church was opened on August 4, 1717. Construction began in 1711. I was ordained and appointed minister in 2017. I am married to Kay and have one now grown up daughter. I am a passionate and often disappointed Arsenal fan.

Where were you born?

I was born in London, my parents moved to Ireland when I was 11. My dad was from North Cork.

Where do you live?

I live in Bandon, West Cork.


Wife and daughter. Mum and two brothers. My dad passed away in 2004.

Best friend?

I don’t have a best friend but two or three close friends.

Earliest childhood memory?

Being around five or six and playing football in a new Arsenal kit with my grandad.

Person you most admire?

Historically, Jesus of Nazareth. Today, given his leadership during Covid-19, Leo Varadkar. I also admire Professor Luke O’Neill who speaks in language that is easy too understand around Covid-19.

Person who most irritates you?

Donald Trump tops a list that seems to grow every day.

Who would you like to see as Minister for Finance and why?

Fr Sean Healy of Social Justice Ireland. Based on hearing him speak and SJI reports, he seems not only to have a deep concern for the less well-off in our society, but seems to have costed a more equitable distribution of our nation’s wealth.

Where was your most memorable holiday?

I love Nerja in Spain.

Favourite TV programme?

I don’t watch the telly, more an internet watcher. Big fan of Bosch on Amazon prime.

Favourite radio show?

Used to be the Sean O’Rourke show on RTÉ Radio 1. I am a fan of Drivetime with Mary Wilson on RTÉ 1.

Your signature dish if cooking?

Ashamed to say, I am a terrible cook.

Favourite restaurant?

I don’t have one!

Last book you read?

Re-read The Brethren by John Grisham.

Best book you read?

Here I Stand by John Shelby Spong.

Last album/CD/download you bought?

I honestly can’t remember!

Favourite song?

Dan Fogelberg, Tucson, Arizona.

Do you have a pet?

Yes, a cat called Oscar.

Morning person or night owl?

A night owl.

Your proudest moment?

Being at Monty Python’s last ever show at O2 in London and going back-stage to meet them. My daughter was with me, my wife organised it as a birthday present for me.

Spendthrift or saver?

Oh, I spend it!!

Name one thing you would improve in your area in which you live?

The roads.

What makes you happy?

I’m a home bird.

How would you like to be remembered?

I don’t think I will be in a position to be especially concerned!

What else are you up to at the moment?

Once I’ve finished this, I have a sermon that needs writing!


Cork Heritage Open Day will be celebrated completely online this year with a mixture of virtual tours, interviews, history quizzes and competitions! On Saturday, August 15, the website will go live and members of the public will be able to explore virtually some of Cork’s finest historic buildings including the Unitarian Church, Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, the Custom House Port of Cork, Blarney Castle, the National Sculpture Factory, Cork Savings Bank, Masonic Hall, Heineken Ireland, Cork Chamber and lots more.

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