I was born in Glasgow. My father’s family lived there and my mum and dad met when she moved to Scotland from Donegal to train as a nurse.
I live right in the heart of Cork city. I love being a city dweller. Cork is an amazing city and I can’t picture myself ever living anywhere else.
I’ve been married to Paul for 24 years and we have two kids both living at home; Lorna is 22 and Gavin is almost 21.
My best friend is Louise. She’s sporty and I’m creative — not two things that naturally go together but it doesn’t stop us from having lots of laughs when she’s around.
Long summer days spent on the beach in Donegal.
That would be my husband, Paul. He’s such a funny, thoughtful, hardworking, and kind man, I don’t know how he puts up with me! He always tries to do his best for everyone every day and my biggest ambition is to be more like him.
There is no one in particular, however I generally dislike lazy or rude people.
I think Francis Brennan wouldn’t be long whipping the country into shape. He seems very practical and down to earth and he’d charm the country into agreeing with him.
I don’t think I’ll ever forget my first trip to Rome, it’s an amazing city filled with so much culture, history, and wonderful food. I’d love to go back and visit every year!
; I’ve read all the books and am really looking forward to the next series.
I love listening to Gareth O’Callaghan in the afternoon on Classic Hits 4FM.
I love cooking. I think my smoked fish and leek pie is my signature dish or maybe it’s my moussaka or it could be my banoffi pie... I can’t choose.
On the Pigs Back in Douglas, it’s like a little corner of France right here in Cork.
— John Boyne.
I have a soft spot for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Berniér.
Paloma Faith — A Perfect Contradiction.
Landslide — Fleetwood Mac.
I’d love to see Jackson Browne again, I saw him a few years ago in the marquee and he was amazing.
I have two miniature pinchers (Cooper and Mister James) and they are full of character, love their ‘walkies’ and are perfect companions for snuggling up on the sofa with afterwards.
Night owl — I’m not able for human interaction until a very long time after my first morning coffee.
I can’t single out one particular moment but I have to say that I love being a mother and I’m really proud of the way my kids have turned out; they make me proud every single day.
My husband is the saver in our house so I guess that makes me the spender! I do love a bargain.
The one thing that I’d like to see is more access points into, and focus on, our beautiful River Lee in Cork city.
It’s the simple things really; like spending time with my friends and family, good food, good wine and good company.
I’d like to be remembered as a kind, hard-working and happy person, who did her very best.
I’m currently working on the programme of events for our 8th Cork Craft Month, a celebration of craft and its makers all over Cork city and county during the month of August. We have a series of exhibitions, open studio days, workshops and lots of free craft demonstrations lined up and it all kicks off at our showcase exhibition ‘Configurate’ on Thursday, August 3, in Cork City Hall at 6pm — everyone’s invited! For more information see www.corkcraftanddesign.com.