Saturday 16 December 2017

Me, Myself and I...with actress Aoibhin Garrihy

'Life (and acting) is 
a marathon, not
 a sprint'

Aoibhin Garrihy.
Aoibhin Garrihy.
Aoibhin's microphone, which she would save in a fire.
Aoibhin Garrihy
The 1920s cameo which Aobhin's mum bought for her.
The photograph of Nana Biddy smiling.
The brown suede jacket bought by Aoibhin's dad.

Alison O'Riordan

The actress on the things of value in her life and the best piece of advice she received.

The book that changed my life

I'm not great with books but read a lot of plays. The one that changed my life? Marina Carr's 'By the Bog of Cats'.

The quote that keeps me sane

'I Will Live and Survive' by Irina Ratushinskaya is a beautiful poem that always reminds me to adopt the 'glass half full' mentality.

The best advice I've ever received

Life (and acting) is a marathon, not a sprint. It's kept me sane when things don't always go the way you want them too immediately and has reminded me to relax and enjoy the ride.

The film I've watched again and again

'Grease'. Cheesy but true. Always gives me a lift. I know it back to front and inside out!

The song I want played at my funeral

Hard to pick one at this stage, the idea of it freaks me out. I love the Heathers, Young Folk and Kodaline at the minute, but I doubt we'd get them for the gig!

The scent that evokes pleasant memories

Lavender. My Nana used to always have a lavender bar of soap in the bathroom and the smell always reminds me of her.

The piece of furniture that will become an heirloom

I bought a gorgeous antique wooden French press with a floral linen detail at the front from an antique shop in Galway. I was with my boyfriend John at the time. He thought I was mad because we have no place to put it really but I fell in love with it and am determined to design my future home around it.

The picture that is worth a thousand words

One of my Nana Biddy smiling . She had the greatest sense of humour and I remember her always smiling but she hated having her photograph taken and would always dodge the camera so to have one of her is very precious.

The item that takes pride of place in my wardrobe

A brown suede jacket  my dad brought home from a trip away. He has many strengths but generally has nothing to do with my wardrobe so this was a pleasant surprise. I love it.

The sentimental piece of jewellery

A 1920s cameo my mom bought for me. She gave it to me on opening night of my Gate Theatre debut in 'A Woman of No Importance' and I love it to bits. It's very special.

Favourite Restaurant in the World

Cullinan's restaurant in Doolin, Co Clare. The hospitality and food is amazing. It's where we go for special occasions as a family and it's always such a treat.

The item I'd save in a fire

I would like to say something more sentimental but I would be lost without my laptop and microphone for recording voiceovers, etc.  so if I'm honest I would grab them first.

The characteristic I like most in myself

Get up and go. I'm happiest when busy and if I'm not busy I'll find something to do.

And least

I tend to be very impatient and have low tolerance levels... I'm working on it.

My first kiss

Wesley disco in Donnybrook... where else?! It's where all young dreams are made.

The last time I cried

Probably after a glass of red. It tends to do that to me. I get rosy cheeks and then overly sentimental, in a good way though.

It was the best of times

A trip to Dingle during a glorious June bank holiday with John. We climbed Mount Brandon, had a sunset kayak with Fungi and had delicious fish and chips afterwards in Ballintaggart House with great friends. One of my favourite holidays.

It was the worst of times

The journey between closing down and starting up a new family business. Stressful and emotional but has made us all stronger.

The person I call when things go pear-shaped

Usually my mom. She's a solider, warrior and life saver. She always knows what to do and I would be utterly lost without her.

My death-row dinner

Garlic crab claws to start, homemade shepherd's pie for main with a good bottle of Pinot Noir and chocolate fondant and ice cream to finish.

Pet peeves

Arrogance. Also, when the dishwasher doesn't clean the dishes properly.

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