Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - FIRST PERSON / THE LOVES OF MY LIFE -

The per­son I can’t pick one! My three men: John, Dy­lan and Mur­ray The mem­ory The day my twin sons were born. Mag­i­cal The mo­ment of the day First thing in the morn­ing, when I let my three Pu­plets of Love­li­ness out, drink cof­fee and gaze down the val­ley out to sea The song Gimme Shel­ter by the Stones. It reaches into me and grabs some­thing in my heart The movie Some Like it Hot — it’s glo­ri­ously funny The hero All the aid work­ers around the world to­day. They are true he­roes The book It changes ev­ery day. Right now, it is the in­spi­ra­tional It’s Not Yet Dark by Si­mon Fitz­mau­rice The out­fit Jeans, Con­verse/biker boots and a fit­ted jacket. Mod­ern and un­fem­i­nine, de­spite my be­ing a short, curvy blonde! The gad­get My phone. I love to talk The ac­ces­sory Any of my end­less hip­pie-ish cos­tume jew­ellery, with stones like turquoise, aqua chal­cedony, and lapis lazuli The pet hate The sheer in­equal­ity of this world. That’s why I work with Unicef Ire­land The friend I am blessed to have so many women friends — I can’t name just one. My sis­ter, Lucy, is an an­gel in my life The beauty prod­uct Sun­screen, due to a ma­lig­nant melanoma; a Der­ma­log­ica serum for the wrin­kles; and Clar­ins Multi-Ac­tive Day Cream The hol­i­day The west of Ire­land; or Paris with my fam­ily The piece of ad­vice Henry James’s great piece of wis­dom that kind­ness, kind­ness and kind­ness are the three most im­por­tant words in the English lan­guage The ho­tel The Cliff House Ho­tel in Ard­more, Co Water­ford. It’s the per­fect, ex­quis­ite re­treat The drink That first rich cof­fee of the day, Colom­bian fil­ter prefer­ably The bar The g in Galway The hobby Hug­ging my kids, hus­band and dogs, read­ing end­lessly, cro­chet­ing badly, laugh­ing at the movies The celebrity Any­one who’s gen­uine and does some­thing long-last­ing and world-en­hanc­ing or peo­ple-en­hanc­ing with their fame The part of the body My eyes The virtue Kind­ness — I hope! The vice Be­ing en­tirely un­able to say no in any lan­guage The smell My hus­band’s sig­na­ture scent, Ob­ses­sion for Men The taste Toasted spelt bread cov­ered with laven­der honey Cathy’s book, ‘It Started with Paris’, pub­lished by Orion, €10.99, is out now in pa­per­back

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