Monday 16 July 2018

My perfect weekend: Dermot Whelan

The plan for Saturday night?

My sisters are coming over for dinner. It always starts out well-behaved and descends into mess. The last time they came over, it ended up with me, my wife and her sister crawling around under the table, bursting balloons with the stilettos on her shoes.

Anything special for dinner?

My wife will be cooking and I'll be in charge of the corkscrew.

Must see gig/performance of the weekend?

I'm going to the Meteors tonight, as I've been asked to present an award. I won a Meteor last year for my breakfast show on 98FM.

Pub/restaurant/club you couldn't live without...

As I'm new to Howth, I'm either in the Summit Inn or the Abbey Tavern all the time. The Abbey has a really good comedy club out the back.

Best weekend ever...

When Munster won the Heineken Cup for the first time. I was at the match in the Millennium Stadium. Oh, and the weekend I got married!

Worst weekend ever?

I was due to go to Germany to a festival called Kohlfart, which involves lots of drinking games. On the Tuesday before leaving, I fell down the steps of a karaoke bar and split my head open. I needed 20 stitches. I ended up going to Germany to stay with strangers with a bandage across my head and both eyes swelling up. I was a hairy bandaged werewolf.

Favourite pre-going out ritual?

It would have to be my nap.

Top post-pub munchies?

I'm addicted to Carr's water biscuits.

Your perfect date?

Last Saturday, I went out for dinner with my wife Corrina. Her mother was minding the children and looked after them in the morning too, so we had a lie-in. My children... they're like children from horror movies. You wake up in the middle of the night and they're standing at the edge of the bed, looking at you and not saying anything.

Dermot Whelan presents the morning show on 98FM and headlines Vicar Street on March 26

Irish Independent

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