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MARK FEELIHY SINGER

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Who would be the last person you would invite to your birthday party?

The grim reaper - birthdays celebrate life and he would be the opposite to that. Although, maybe I should invite him: I wouldn’t want him to come looking for me.

Who would be the first person you would invite to your birthday party?

Missy Elliott - I’ve always thought she looks like the most craic ever.

Favourite saying?

Howeryanow. It was a close one between this and ‘Well… emmmm… ehhh’, which I’ve always tended to say too much in interviews.

Favourite record?

Mama’s Gun by Erykah Badu. It’s very tough to choose a favourite, but her voice is so lush and I love her whole neo-soul vibe.

Favourite book?

Recently, To Hell Or Barbados by Sean O’Callaghan. It's fascinatin­g. Who'd have known the relationsh­ip between the Irish accent and a lot of the Caribbean accents?! Who'd have known a Sligo man was once the Governor of Jamaica?

Favourite film?

Fargo. It really draws you in, and does the slow, laidback, smalltown murder mystery thing very well.

Favourite author?

Charles Dickens – I love all Dickensian-era stuff.

Favourite actor / actress?

Robert Downey Jnr is very good as a comedy actor, on top of his obvious skills in multiple genres. Also Amy Adams is just amazing.

Favourite musician?

Prince. In terms of all-round talent – singing, writing, dancing, playing and producing – he is the ultimate artist.

Most embarrassi­ng moment of your life? Saying “Hello Birmingham” in Cardiff during a Westlife gig. We’d been out the night before!

Favourite food/drink/stimulant?

Sunday roast cooked by my mother beats anything. Vodka & Diet Coke has been my frenemy for years.

TV programme?

Grand Designs is a favourite – I’m big into refurbishi­ng and architectu­re. Also anything that makes me laugh, like 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Absolutely Fabulous.

Favourite TV personalit­y?

Patsy and Eddie in Absolutely Fabulous. Also Alan Carr, Russell Brand, Jimmy Carr, Graham Norton.

Favourite item of clothing?

Black skinny jeans. They can go with absolutely anything. I have about 20 pairs!

Most desirable date? My boyfriend, of course. We love a good auld stay in a quiet country hotel with nice dinner, and maybe a massage in the spa.

Favourite method of relaxation? Reflexolog­y or massage. It’s the only thing that fully relaxes me; I zone out. Especially Thai massage where they full-on beat you up!

If you weren’t pursuing your present career, what other career might you have chosen? Architect or school teacher.

Biggest thrill? Performing to over 80,000 at Croker was the highlight of our career. To think myself, Shane and Kian came up with this wee idea in school and ended up selling out multiple Croke Park gigs!

Biggest disappoint­ment?

Losing out to Bob the Builder for Xmas No.1 – he stopped our run!

Your concept of heaven?

Everything is white, with a big party, no hangover, and all my friends and family there. Music, comedy, peace and harmony.

Your concept of hell?

Similar to a constant infinity of very bad hangovers. The horrific idea of eternal hell makes me wanna pray.

What would be your dying words?

I shouldn’t have had that last Jäger Bomb… Ah no, I'd probably shout out, “Tell mum I love her!”

Greatest ambition?

To have happy, healthy kids is the best thing I could ever hope for.

Period of history you’d most like to have lived in and why?

Dickensian London (without the smell of wee). I just love the clothes, the debauchery and the horse and carriages.

If you weren’t a human being which animal would you have chosen to be?

It'd be amazing to be able to fly, but I have a huge phobia of birds… A lion. They're well able to handle themselves. If you were told that the world was ending tomorrow morning, how would you react/what would you do?

Go to the nearest pub and invite anyone who’ll come and have a party with me. Go out laughing!

Your nominee for the world’s best-dressed person?

Fashion designer and icon Leigh Bowery – his clothes were absolutely outrageous. He heavily influenced the likes of Alexander McQueen, Boy George and Lady Gaga.

Favourite term of abuse?

Yer a dooooope of a youngfella.

Biggest fear?

Bad stuff happening to loved ones. I have been away from home a lot, and when I’m in Australia or LA, I always worry about something happening on the other side of the world.

Humanity’s most useful invention?

Music. I spoke with a guy who has a music therapy department in a hospital, who explained that it can be used for all sorts of mental health issues. Everyone uses music as a medicine at some point in their life.

Humanity’s most useless invention?

Some cowboy came up with diet water: even an eejit would know that full fat water is better for you!

Mark Feelihy’s new album Christmas is out now.

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