Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - CHRISTMAS TALES -

Ac­tress, pic­tured with her hus­band, John, and their dogs, Ru­bie (wear­ing antlers) and Reg­gie

What a won­der­ful year 2016 turned out to be. Two ca­reer high­lights play­ing the fa­mous Sor­cha in Ross O’Car­roll-Kelly’s

at the Gai­ety Theatre and UCH; and play­ing Gwen­dolen Fair­fax in the Gate Theatre’s pro­duc­tion of

in Charleston,

Break­ing Dad Im­por­tance of Be­ing Earnest

South Carolina.


But, of course, ty­ing the knot in Septem­ber trumped the lot. John, my fam­ily and I had a mag­i­cal day in Doolin and Span­ish Point, Co Clare, with our ex­tended fam­ily and friends and, it sounds cliched, but it was the best day of my life! The day it­self went in the blink of an eye, but I also loved ev­ery minute of the plan­ning and lead-up. John and I had an ex­tremely hands-on ap­proach to the wed­ding. We had a very clear idea of how we wanted the day to play out, and for us, it was as much about the peo­ple and the place as it was about us. We spent our hon­ey­moon in Myan­mar, which was amaz­ing, and the per­fect end to a hec­tic few months!

Christ­mas, for me, is all about qual­ity fam­ily time. We spend it in Doolin ev­ery year, and love ev­ery minute of it. The lead-up is al­ways a hec­tic time, so get­ting to re­lax, cosy up in front of the fire and catch up in the peace­ful sur­rounds of the coun­try­side is per­fec­tion.

It’s my first Christ­mas as a ‘Mrs’, and so John and I will di­vide our time be­tween the two fam­i­lies. They are both in Clare, so lo­gis­ti­cally it will be fine, although we may eat twice, be­cause both moms put on an in­cred­i­ble spread, so it’s hard to say no to ei­ther

John has three nieces Amelia, Zoe and Ava and one nephew Cal­lum

and they re­ally make Christ­mas ex­traspe­cial ev­ery year. We will also have Christ­mas Mass in Doolin church, the church we got mar­ried in, so I am look­ing for­ward to re­liv­ing all the happy mem­o­ries of the last few months.

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