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Friday 19 September 2014

The four minute interview: photographer Moira Sweeney

Moira Sweeney
Moira Sweeney

Photographer Moira Sweeney says says her fifties are the best decade of her life, even if she's only getting used to them.

What’s been the best decade of your life so far and why?

My 50s even if I’m only getting used to them, as I married in my late 40s and I’m happy at home and as a photographer.

What was the worst moment of your life?

When my partner of eight years died of a massive heart attack while we were out walking in the hills in Sligo.

What secret skill or talent do you have?

I’m an urban gardener and grow fruit, vegetables, lettuce and salad on my balcony in Dublin 8.

If there was one song you associated with your youth, what would it be?

Jackson Browne Stay. The joy of dancing your heart out with friends at discos.

What was the last lie you told?

That I walked the dog.

What do you consider the greatest work of art?

The most breathtaking artistic experience was Leonard Cohen at Lissadell House in Sligo with the sun setting over Ben Bulben as he sang Hallelujah.

Which local star in any field should the world outside of Britain and Ireland know about?

Julie Feeney did a series of gigs in New York so she’s known there. I think she’s an amazing composer and singer.

What is your greatest regret?

I have a fabulous goddaughter Sorcha and stepdaughter Megan and they make up for my not having had children of my own.

What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?

Really expensive organic salt milk chocolate.

Who is/was the love of your life?

My husband Dermot Ronaldson. We met about 12 years ago and then again about six years ago. We went for a coffee in Fallon & Byrne and it went from there.

What is your present state of mind?

Great. My film installation Rhythms Of A Port is in Red Brick Shed on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2014.

What are the consolations of getting older?

Having a bigger heart. Appreciating life.

What living heroes or heroines do you have?

David Byrne from Talking Heads brings his bike with him everywhere, and he writes about cycling on his blog. It’s a great travelogue from the point of view of a cyclist, and great for promoting cycling.

What is your best chat-up line?

Come up and see my photographs.

What is the best lesson life has taught you?

To wear it lightly.

PhotoFestival Ireland 2014 runs until July 31. For more info log onto www. photoireland.org. Moira Sweeney’s website is www.moirasweeney.com

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