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Your hero of 2017?

The crew of Rescue 116: Dara Fitzpatric­k, Ciaràn Smith, Mark Duffy and Paul Ormsby. They showed the kind of selfless bravery that none of us can ever appreciate enough; people willing to risk their own lives to save the life of a stranger are the finest of humanity.

Villain of 2016?

Vlad Putin – for putting the orange oaf in the White House, and manipulati­ng and orchestrat­ing instabilit­y in Europe and the Middle East.

Best personal moment?

Very unexpected­ly, it was the Coldplay concert! I’m not even a fan and I only went along because I had been given a ticket. Then during it, this strange magical atmosphere seemed to come over the crowd and sweep us all along. It was a brilliant gig: a perfect moment in time.

Best movie?

Maybe I should pretend it was something worthy or thought-provoking, but it was actually Thor Ragnarok. I’m a big fan of action movies and it was totally brilliant. The director Taika Waititi is a frickin’ genius

Best record?

Imelda May – Life Love Flesh Blood. She’s the real deal, just raw talent. I was given the album as a present and spent a lot of time listening to it. I’m about the same age as Imelda, and I completely identified with her getting into her 40s and going, ‘Okay, how do I actually want to live my life now?’

Best TV programme?

Game Of Thrones – it’s close to perfect.

The storylines, the unflinchin­g cruelty and violence, the sumptuous fantasy, the sexiness of it all… it’s like a treat for your brain.

Best book

East West Street by Philippe Sands. It’s a non-fiction account of Central European history, particular­ly Jewish history, told in such amazing detail that it reads like a novel.

Best thing about the year?

Hands down, getting the lunchtime show on Newstalk ... I’d been tapping, knocking and kicking on that ceiling for a long time, and for me, it was like winning the lotto.

Your hope for next year?

To achieve some life-work balance. I’ve been kinda like a rat in a wheel for a while now, I need to learn to pause occasional­ly.

What tickled your funny bone?

Trump staring straight up at the solar eclipse, and Derry the bat in the kitchen.

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