Tuesday 22 August 2017

My cultural life: Actress Aoibhinn Garrihy

Actress Aoibheann Garrihy. Photo: David Conachy
Actress Aoibheann Garrihy. Photo: David Conachy
Cate Blanchett
Gillian Anderson
Author Paul Howard. Photo: Damien Eagers

Aoibhin Garrihy's theatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, Pride and Prejudice and A Woman of No Importance. Her film and TV credits include Honeymoon for One, Skit and Pebbles, The Fall, Fair City, Love/Hate, Mattie, Monged, and The Proposal/The Wedding. Aoibhin recently married her partner of six years John Burke in Doolin, Co Clare, and the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point. She is based in Ennis and Dublin, where she lives and works. She is the eldest of three girls. She will star in The SPAR Panto, Beauty and the Beast at University Concert Hall, Limerick, from Monday, December 19 to Sunday, January 8.

Actor: Cate Blanchett

It's tough to pick a favourite movie. So many incredible performances have blown me away. At the moment anything with Cate Blanchett (below). She just gives masterclass after masterclass. Most recently in Carol or Blue Jasmine. I just think she's incredible and as an actor she leaves you feeling so inspired. For a movie that's a little more light-hearted and recent I'm going to say Sing Street. I watched it on an Emirates flight recently from Dubai to Yangon in Myanmar and it made me feel all warm inside and incredibly proud of the talent we have in Ireland.

Cate Blanchett

Design: Elie Saab

My favourite piece of design is anything from fashion designer Elie Saab's collection. I swoon every time I see one of his dresses on the red carpet. The cut, detailing and finish is always perfectly executed and I can usually spot one of his designs a mile off. I will die happy having worn one of his pieces.

TV: The Fall

Gillian Anderson

I love Netflix's Orange is the New Black. It's just brilliant to see such a large female cast and each one as strong as the next. I'm also a big fan of The Fall. I played a small part in Season 2 which was great but I think Gillian Anderson (above) is just wonderful. Her character is fascinating to watch and she plays it so brilliantly. It's also great to have this calibre of work shot in Ireland.

Artist: Hanora O'Neill

My favourite artist is Hanora O'Neill. She is gifted. She specialises in paintings of the sea and has an amazing ability to capture it in all its epicness. My family and I have an enormous attachment to the sea and so I find Hanora's paintings incredibly moving. Hanora is based in Dingle which is one of my favourite places to visit. I would make it my business to go and visit her gallery whenever I'm there and marvel at her collection. Recently I sent her a picture of Spanish Point, where I first met my husband and she painted the most stunning picture titled Where We Began.

Author: Paul Howard

Author Paul Howard. Photo: Damien Eagers

I was never a big book person until I began to study theatre and acting and then I became fascinated by story, but story which was performed and spoken rather than read. I would buy plays nearly every day and read aloud with friends or visit the theatre every night just to hear and see them. My favourite plays are by Marina Carr and Mark O Rowe. But most recently I have become a huge fan of Paul Howard (above), his plays, books and Twitter updates.


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