I was born in Margate in Kent in a bar next door to the guesthouse JMW Turner lived in! My mother was half Scottish and half English and my father was Irish.
My background is predominately musical. My father and both grandfathers were professional musicians and four of my aunts and uncles were music teachers.
I have always had a passion for the arts and have a degree in Art History.
I arrived in Kinsale in 1978 after give years working with British Telecom in London. I loved the culture in London but it was a lonely spot.
Since then I have been in the hospitality industry in Kinsale. I was very involved with the very first Kinsale Arts Week in 1988 which ran for three years. From 2004 until 2014 I was lucky enough to be on the board of the ambitious and prestigious Kinsale Arts Festival. I am now on the committee of Words By Water, Kinsale’s Literary Festival. This is our third year and I am very proud of this year’s programme.
The Festival takes place in Kinsale from tomorrow, Thursday, October to Sunday, October 6.
I am married to a local man, Finbarr Tierney, and have three children, Ruaidhri, Aine and Barry.
Walking my gorgeous golden retriever King and going to musical shows where my father performed.
Nina Simone and Marcel Duchamp.
Anyone in a reality TV programme.
Michael D Higgins. He would be so generous to the arts!
Where was your most memorable holiday?
1994 USA World Cup. I went with all the family and there is something truly magical about being an Irish soccer supporter abroad.
I dont have any.
Sunday Miscellany, Drive Time and Book On One.
Your signature dish if cooking?
Angela’s Seafood Restaurant in Margate.
by Anne Griffin. A great read and a real page turner. We are delighted to have Anne coming to the Words by Water Festival in Kinsale where she will be in conversation with Sue Leonard on Saturday, October 5.
There are too many to mention but two books that I will never forget are, Graham Green and Emilie Pine’s .
Emilie Pine and writer and broadcaster Sinéad Gleeson will be in conversation with Ailbhe Smyth on Saturday October 5 in the Methodist Church in Kinsale as part of the Words by Water Festival.
Last album/CD/download you bought?
I have hundreds.
One person you would like to see in concert?
Diana Krall and band, and Wynton Marsalis.
Yes... two dogs (rescued), two cats and horses.
Kinsale is nearly perfect... better public transport would be good.
What else are you up to at the
Running my guesthouse Friar’s Lodge and committee duties for Words By Water Literary Festival, which will see over 30 well-known writers come to Kinsale including Emilie Pine, Donal Ryan (nominated twice for the Man Booker Prize), Sinead Gleeson, Rosita Boland, Steven James Smith (his poetry videos have over 2.5 million views), Kevin Doyle and Tony Ryan. There is a packed programme of readings, workshops, a sports writing extravaganza, panel discussions and children’s events.