DR. CIARA KELLY
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.
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
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.
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.