I am a lecturer of Singing, Drama & Theatre Studies at CITCSM and, in Gilbert & Sullivan terms, I have attained my years of discretion!
They say that variety is the spice of life and I am fortunate to have had lots of variety throughout my career to date. I have been a London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) examiner for more than a decade. Other very rewarding work in education includes being Programmes Co-ordinator at MMC.
As a former RTÉ television and radio presenter, and as a professional adjudicator, actor, singer and director, the arts and education are of particular interest to me. I really enjoy attending community theatre performances, professional and amateur events. The standard is consistently high.
We are privileged to have such a vibrant theatre and arts scene in Cork city and county and we should support it as much as possible.
While a student at UCC in 1989, I was also part of the group to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest hosted in Lausanne, Switzerland.
One of the most rewarding experiences is being a member of the Feis Maitiu Corcaigh Advisory Board. I’m very much looking forward to the Feis, which opened on January 29 and continues until March 24.
This is the 92nd year of the Feis, which is one is the largest arts festivals in the world. It’s wonderful entertainment, with something to suit everyone. From instrumental music to drama, opera, musical theatre and traditional Irish events. I hope to attend as many classes in as many disciplines as possible.
Bon Secours Hospital, Cork.
I’m married to Carbry and we have three children.
I won’t single anyone out! There are four people who fall into this category. I met them at different stages of my life, Primary School, Secondary School, UCC and at work and we’re still the best of friends!
It was summer, I was about three or four and had to go to bed early. The sun still shone in the sky and I could hear the older children playing outside. Suddenly, there was the sound of a bagpiper practising. I had never heard anything like it before. I thought it was magical!
Not any one person in particular, but I admire all those unsung heroes, who give of their time and skills to make the lives of others better. We have many such people in Cork.
Ideally, a non- politician, with relevant qualifications and a proven track record in financial management. Someone with a social conscience, who would prioritise those most in need.
As a child, at sunny Owenahincha! Usually we holidayed in the ‘Sunny South East’… in the rain! It seemed to follow us, so we’d remain indoors watching the showjumping on TV, whilst huddled around an electric fire.
One summer, we headed West and had wonderful weather — the sand was too hot to stand on barefoot. Just when we thought we’d given it the slip, the rain found us again the following year!
Feud — I want to deliver one-liners like Bette Davis!
96fm The Arts House — with Elmarie and Conor, Evelyn Grant on Lyric FM and Marian Finucane on RTÉ 1.
A plum pudding that’s not just for Christmas! The recipe has been in my family for over 100 years and I sometimes make it for special occasions throughout the year.
We love The Barn Restaurant in Glanmire.
Non-fiction for me —by Mary S. Lovell.
by Emily Bronte, but from the perspective of a psychological thriller, not a Gothic romance.
Heathcliff is one of the most disturbing characters in literature.
by Pasek and Paul. A wonderful duo who are currently contributing so much to the canon of modern musical theatre.
— from Samson and Delilah by Saint Saens.
Dame Emma Kirkby, soprano and Early Music specialist. I didn’t get to see her when she performed in Cork a few years ago.
No, but some day I’d like to welcome a Bichon Frise to the family!
It all depends on my commitments. When I’m writing, I like to work through the night to finish the task. Normally, I have very early starts during term time.
Without a doubt, becoming a parent.
Whilst I budget carefully, the lure of a 70% discount has been known to tempt me!
Traffic management. The volume of traffic on little country roads and the danger it poses to life is very concerning.
Being at home with family and friends. Also, seeing people attain their personal best in whatever they set out to achieve.
As a decent human being with a sense of adventure and humour!
I’m directing a musical and getting ready for the Semester 2 Musical Theatre Module, but most of all I’m looking forward to Feis Maitiú 2018!