Fes­tive Fair City

We asked some of the Fair City cast how they will be spend­ing Christmas and what makes it spe­cial for them

RTÉ Guide Christmas Edition 2018 - - Feature - With Julie Lor­dan

Nyree Yer­gain­har­sian (Melanie Ryan)

How will your char­ac­ter spend Christmas? Melanie isn’t go­ing to have the happy Christmas she would like. She will be bed­ding down in her car for the night. And you? My own Christmas is al­ways with my fam­ily. My Mam cooks and I spend the a er­noon open­ing presents with my three gor­geous neph­ews.

Worst as­pect of the sea­son? I think there’s a lot of pres­sure around buy­ing presents. I pre­fer to spend time with the peo­ple I love.

Mem­ory of a favourite Santa toy? Mr Frosty was the most wanted gi ever got from Santa!

Ever tempted to go away some­where and ig­nore it? A trip some­where warm would be lovely, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to leave my fam­ily, so they would all have to come too!

Your plans for 2019? I have a trip to Cuba booked. As well as Fair City, I’ll be spend­ing some time work­ing on the­atre projects in Lon­don later in the year.

Christmas favourites: Movie – Home Alone; TV ad­vert – Mr Frosty; Song: –Driv­ing Home for Christmas

Dave O’sul­li­van (Decco Bishop)

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How will your char­ac­ter spend Christmas? I think it’s go­ing to be a low-key Christmas for Decco this year. He will do his very best to make it spe­cial for his daugh­ter, Sa­man­tha. And you? I’ll be in my own home with my girl­friend. I love Christmas, it’s my favourite time of year.

Worst as­pect of the sea­son? When it’s all over. I en­joy the rush­ing around and all of the build-up, so when it’s over, you miss it.

Do the cel­e­bra­tions start too soon? I be­lieve that Christmas starts when the in­di­vid­ual feels it does – to each their own.

Ever tempted to go away some­where and ig­nore it? No, I don’t think Christmas on a beach would ap­peal to me, I en­joy the cold weather and all that comes with Christmas.

Your plans for 2019? Do­ing up my new house, maybe tak­ing up a hobby and pos­si­bly look­ing into a busi­ness ven­ture.

Christmas favourites: Movie – Home Alone, Die Hard, Bad Santa, Love Ac­tu­ally; TV ad­vert – John Lewis. Song – Fairy­tale of New York, All I Want For Christmas Is You, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Ev­ery­day.

Ais­ling O’neill (Carol Fo­ley)

How will your char­ac­ter spend Christmas? Carol spends Christmas with the Collins fam­ily so Jack can be around Rob­bie. And you? I’ll be spend­ing Christmas in Wex­ford with my friends and fam­ily. Since I had my son, it means so much more as I love see­ing how ex­cited he gets with his presents.

Best thing about the sea­son? My favourite thing to do is re­lax­ing by the re and watch­ing movies. My most dreaded as­pect is the rush­ing around shop­ping.

Do the cel­e­bra­tions start too soon? I think Christmas does go on a bit long if I’m to be hon­est! Ever tempted to go away some­where and ig­nore it? I went away last year with my son to Fuerteven­tura and we had Chi­nese food on Christmas Day. It was di er­ent and fun!

Christmas favourites: Movie – It’s A Won­der­ful Life; Song – I’m Dream­ing of a White Christmas.

Car­rie Crow­ley (Jackie Fer­gu­son)

How will your char­ac­ter spend Christmas? Hope­fully, my­self and Hughie will get to hang out and re­lax. Pre­sume Doug will be with us. And you? As for my­self, it will prob­a­bly be in Dublin, so we can have a Christmas Day swim and hook up with the great com­mu­nity of winter swim­mers. e past few years have been spent in Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim; the choir in the lo­cal church is amaz­ing.

Best as­pect of the sea­son? I like the tra­di­tional side of it. e mu­sic, the smell of Christmas trees, the speci c foods, the gi ing to those we love. Stand-out Christmas? e rst one a er my fa­ther died was pretty di cult. So many moments that just make you burst into tears.

Do the cel­e­bra­tions start too soon? Yes! I wish it didn’t start quite so early and re­ally wish it was a bit more sim­ple.

Ever tempted to go away some­where and ig­nore it? I have been away at Christmas – to New York and Is­tan­bul. Ross (my hus­band) was work­ing abroad so I went too. Is­tan­bul wasn’t hugely Christ­massy for ob­vi­ous rea­sons! But New York is Christmas to the power of a thou­sand. Christmas favourites: TV ad­vert – e Guin­ness ad; Song – e lit­tle Boy

at Santa Claus For­got.

Paul Ro­nan (Anto Collins)

How will your char­ac­ter spend Christmas? Anto will be spend­ing Christmas with his fam­ily and maybe a few sur­pris­ing guests. En­joy­ing the rst Collins Christmas in Car­rigstown.

Worst and best as­pect of the sea­son? I like Christmas, I al­ways have. I’m not crazy about how Christmas is so com­mer­cial though. e Christmas mes­sage shouldn’t be about spend­ing money but spend­ing time with loved ones. And I hate when it ends. It’s like a Mon­day morn­ing that lasts for a week.

Do the cel­e­bra­tions start too soon? Of course. I sup­pose busi­ness peo­ple have to cap­i­talise on the sea­son.

Mem­ory of a favourite Santa toy? I had two favourite Santa pressies. One was a com­plete swim­ming set – the Speedos, gog­gles, train­ing bag and pool shoes. e other was a full set of karate gear.

Ever tempted to ig­nore it all? I love Christmas and I have had some great times in Dublin, Car­low and the Big Ap­ple. Maybe an ashram in In­dia would be a choice, or a Christmas on one of our is­lands.

Your plans for 2019? I don’t plan any­thing any more. I’d rather take it as it comes, I do have a lm to edit though – it’s a short lm and my di­rec­to­rial de­but.

Christmas favourites: Movie – It’s a Won­der­ful Life, e Wiz­ard of Oz, A Christmas Carol; (the one with Alas­tair Sim); Song – White Christmas.

Martina Stan­ley (Dolores Mol­loy)

How will you spend Christmas? With my chil­dren and grand­chil­dren at home.

Best as­pect of the sea­son? Hav­ing ev­ery­one home and hang­ing out to­gether. I love Christmas cook­ery pro­grammes: that’s the start of Christmas for me. It re­minds me of my mother and the de­li­cious, aro­matic smells of Christmas as a child. Stand-out Christmas? When I was ve years old and very ill. I heard Santa come into my room. I was so tempted to have a peek. I shouldn’t have!!

Do the cel­e­bra­tions start too soon? I think the end of Au­gust is a tad early! Christmas favourites: Movie – e Wiz­ard of Oz; Song – O Holy Night.

Re­becca Grimes (Hay­ley Collins)

How will your char­ac­ter spend Christmas? As it’s my fam­ily’s rst Christmas in Car­rigstown, there’s go­ing to be a big Collins’ shindig! Anto and Sharon are in­tent on mak­ing it a mem­o­rable one! And you? I’ll be home with my fam­ily in Dublin. I’m look­ing for­ward to lots of chill-out time.

Best as­pect of the sea­son? I love get­ting home on Christmas Eve and not leav­ing the house for a few days. Time seems to stand still be­tween Christmas and New Year’s when no­body knows what day it is.

Stand-out Christmas? My friends and I get to­gether each year and host a Mini Christmas. One year, a friend was mov­ing away so we sur­prised her with Mini Christmas in Au­gust. We lit the re and all wore Christmas jumpers. She was so shocked she slapped me in the face! at’s the thanks I get!

Do the cel­e­bra­tions start too soon? Yes – the dec­o­ra­tions were up in the shops be­fore Hal­lowe’en this year.

Mem­ory of a favourite Santa toy? I got a beau­ti­ful doll’s house one year that had my name painted on it. I only found out as an adult that my grand­dad had made it. Ever tempted to go away some­where and ig­nore it? I think I’m too much of a tra­di­tion­al­ist when it comes to Christmas but if any­one wants to whisk me away to the Caribbean, I might be per­suaded!

Christmas favourites: Movie – Love Ac­tu­ally; TV ad­vert – Coca Cola, Denny’s; Song – Damien Dempsey’s O Holy Night.

Tony Tormey (Paul Bren­nan)

How will your char­ac­ter spend Christmas? Home with the fam­ily – starts o great, ends up not so good.

Best/worst as­pect of the sea­son? Watch­ing kids open their presents. e worst as­pect is wor­ry­ing that the turkey won’t be pink. And I think the cel­e­bra­tions start too soon.

Fond­est Christmas mem­ory: Watch­ing Lau­rel and Hardy late at night; it would al­ways be shown on BBC Two around Christmas time. Christmas favourites: Movie – Po­lar Ex­press; TV ad­vert – e old Kel­loggs ad; Song – I Be­lieve in Fa­ther Christmas.

Neili Con­roy (Sharon Collins)

How will your char­ac­ter spend Christmas? Sharon doesn’t like any­one be­ing alone on the day so she’ll have all the fam­ily and some neigh­bours over for din­ner.

Best as­pect of the sea­son? Go­ing into town on Christmas Eve and wan­der­ing around and that feel­ing of an­tic­i­pa­tion. Stand-out Christmas? A few years ago, I had all my fam­ily com­ing for din­ner. We woke up early and I was hit with the worst ’ u. I had to lie down for the day. Aw­ful.

Do the cel­e­bra­tions start too soon? Yes, I think we should de nitely not men­tion Christmas ’til at least De­cem­ber.

Christmas favourites: Movie – It’s A Won­der­ful Life, Elf’ Song – O Holy Night, Fairy­tale of New York. War is Over, Baby Please Come Home.

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