The 28-year-old brand ambassador for MacIvor’s Cider, who is involved with the Artisan Food Village at Rushmere Shopping Centre this month, divides her time between Co Tyrone and Dublin where she promotes the brand and develops the company’s sales and mar
What’s your earliest memory
My earliest memory was at my aunt’s wedding over in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. My little brother was only a toddler and, on the boat over to England, my mum let me play in the kids’ section. The excitement got to me, I fell off the slide, sprained my wrist and my brother started wailing as he was getting no attention. Meanwhile my dad was out on the deck getting sea sick. Luckily a very helpful lady saw my mum was having a tough time and came to the rescue, I think she gave me sweeties and it turned out to be a great trip.
Who are the most important people in your life?
My family who are always there no matter what. Luckily with my job, I get to travel all over Ireland. When I’m working here I can stay with them at home in Co Tyrone. There is always a bed and a good dinner for me when I need it.
Shock us! Tell us something very surprising about yourself…
I can name the 50 states of America in alphabetical order in under a minute. Impressive I know, or incredibly nerdy. My friends are sick of hearing me do it at this stage but after a few ciders, I don’t see anyone else being able to do it.
What’s your greatest fear?
I am absolutely petrified of spiders. Only recently have I been able to restrain my squealing when I see one.
What makes you most happy?
Having a bit of craic. There is nothing better than getting together with my mates, chilling out, being silly and winding each other up. I love waking up sore from laughing too much the night before.
And your biggest regret?
Everything happens for a reason and you have to deal with anything as it comes along. Ten years ago I was going to do an engineering degree so I’m quite surprised to be doing what I am now. At this time I started working in a wine shop and developed a love for selling and learning about it which is not too far from what I am doing now. The engineering got put to one side and I did what I enjoyed.
How do you chill out?
Spending time with my friends, kicking back and watching some trash TV. I also love swimming and try to get to the pool a few times a week to get the head cleared.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in life?
Always try your best because it’s all you can do and don’t get caught up too much if it doesn’t seem good enough. People will always appreciate it if you try the best you can, and if they don’t, then they have the problem, not you.
The book and film that means the most to you — and why?
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson is a great read — it’s a bit out there but it’s a family favourite of ours, or the Harry Potter books which are absolute classics. The film would be The Blues Brothers. I think we watched it every week growing up and the music was fantastic. I quote it all the time.
If you could change one thing .... what would it be?
Bad drivers. In my job, I spend a lot of time driving, especially in cities, and it drives me up the walls when people have literally zero awareness of what’s going on around them. I can get pretty riled up, but it’s only because I see how dangerous some people are on the road and they can do so much damage.
Rushmere’s first Music & Food Festival takes place on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, 2017. A country music concert on the Friday evening will be complemented by a Food Village of local producers, BBQ and a beer tent while the Saturday will have the full Food Village, loads of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy and a Downtown Country roadshow. Tickets for Friday’s concert cost £10 each or £25 for a family of four from the customer service desk. For details, visit rushmereshopping.com.