My cultural life: Actor Eilish O'Carroll
Published 25/04/2016 | 02:30
Actor Eilish O'Carroll was born in Dublin in the 1950s, the second youngest in a family of 10. Her father was a cabinet maker, and her mother was the first female Labour TD to be elected in Ireland (1954). She is a sister of Brendan O'Carroll, the writer and creator of Mrs Brown's Boys, in which she plays the role of Winnie McGoogan. Her film work includes Mrs Brown D'Movie, Snap, Sparrow's Trap and a short film called Noreen. She is a mother of two sons, Stuart and Lee. She lives in Castltownshend, West Cork, with her partner Marian.
Film: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton and Judi Dench showing that old actors can still rock it with the best of them. Plus, I want to live in that hotel if I ever retire.
Book: A Thousand Splendid Suns
I love a book that truly moves me, makes me cry, puts a fire in my belly, and leaves a lasting impression. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini, did all that and more. There were times I cried out loud (a bit embarrassing when you're sitting on a bus). But despite my tears throughout the read, I couldn't put it down. The story follows the lives of two women, who have no voice and no value in their society. Set in Afghanistan's war-torn country from the 1960s to the 1990s, they are forced to share the same husband and home and the same domestic abuse.
I went to see Matilda; The Musical in the Lyric Theatre, Sydney, and it was mainly an adult audience for the first few minutes of the show. Then quickly the energy electrified all of us and we were transported back to childhood where we remained for the duration of the performance. The colours, the lighting, the music, the lyrics, the child performers just blew me away.
Art: Dogs playing pool
I hate to be a philistine but while I love the Mona Lisa I have to say that the picture of the dogs playing pool always brings a smile to my face.
TV: The Vicar of Dibley
For a few reasons. It's just plain hilarious and Dawn French is fantastic, also I take my hat off to any programme that can make me laugh at religion and middle England
Song: Wrinkles and Tears,
Not everyone can boast they had a song written for them but I can. Every time I hear or sing it, it makes me cry. Why? Because the lyrics tell a story of a woman who has reached that golden age when she reflects over her life, her dreams and mistakes, but continues to embrace life with pride. I can only say songwriter John Murphy knows me too well.
Technology: Mobile Phone
I used to hate it, but with all the hours I work and the miles I travel, it can bring me the joy of a picture of my grandchildren when I'm somewhere like Australia.
Eilish O'Carroll stars in the comedy musical 'Elvis Is My Daddy', running at the Olympia Theatre from May 11 to 14 and May 18 to 21. www.ticketmaster.ie www.elvisismydaddy.com