Thursday 22 March 2018

The loves of my life: Sinead Kennedy


Elle Gordon

The bubbly RTE presenter chats about her favourite people, places and things.

The person

My husband of three years, Conor. We have been together for almost 13 years, and he's honestly the most incredible human being - I feel extremely lucky to have him. He's my best friend.

The memory

Our wedding day, in October 2014. We were married in front of friends and family in the gorgeous village of Sneem in Co Kerry, and a reception in Dromquinna Manor in Kenmare followed. Everything was perfect, just like I'd dreamt it.

The moment of the day

Hopping into bed at night after a long day. I love my bed, and find it pretty difficult to get out of it most mornings.

The song

It's a tie between Elbow's One Day Like This - seeing Guy Garvey perform that song at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham the summer before our wedding was magic. His voice is like velvet - and Damien Dempsey's It's All Good.

The movie

Life Is Beautiful. I watched it many moons ago in transition year, and it has stayed with me since. Such a beautiful film.

The hero

My granny, Nance Kennedy, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Granny is still the life and soul of the party.

The book

The Jigsaw Man by Paul Britton - nothing I've read since has come close. I was first alerted to it when studying criminal psychology in UCC, when a lecturer mentioned it was worth a read. I was completely blown away by it. It's also the only book I've ever read that had me in floods of tears.

The outfit

A good suit paired with killer heels. I'm not big on girly dresses and feel far more comfortable and kick-ass in a suit - a well-tailored suit, that is. The heels just help me get a better view of the world. At just a little over five feet tall, I need any help I can get!

The celebrity

Tom Hardy. Pretty self-explanatory.

The accessory

A good hat hides a multitude, and looks stylish to boot. I'm slowly starting a nice little collection for myself, but I have an unusually small head.

The friend

Up until my early teens, we lived in an estate in Ballincollig in Cork. I grew up living next door to the most incredible bunch of women, who I'm thrilled to say are all still the best of friends to this day. Life pressures with work, the arrival of several babies over the years, not living in the same county - or country, in some cases - hasn't stopped us from staying very close. I love them dearly.

The gadget

I'm going to be really original and say my phone: my emails, all of my contacts, Instagram… My whole life is on my phone. I'm studying for a master's and can access all of my materials on the college app. I'd be lost without it.

The hobby

Surfing - not that I'm any good, mind you. Living in Dublin means I don't often get out on a board, and as such, it's like starting from scratch every time, but there's just something about the thrill of catching a wave, even if you only stay on for five seconds.

The pet hate

Bad drivers and, believe me, there are a lot of them out there. We all make mistakes from time to time - no one is perfect, of course - but sometimes I wonder how some people passed their test at all.

The holiday

Our honeymoon. Six weeks flashpacking [backpacking with a slightly larger budget] around Central America. For our honeymoon, Conor and I wanted to travel as we always do: no fancy clothes, backpacks loaded up and off we set. We had the most incredible time travelling around Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

The piece of advice

Work hard and be nice to people. It's basic enough but does the trick.

The beauty product

Elizabeth Arden's Prevage Serum. It's so thick and glides on over your skin. Most importantly, I'm convinced it's doing wonders for my skin.

The drink

The Falls Road Flip cocktail in the Vintage Cocktail Club, in Temple Bar.

It's the most heavenly thing. It tastes like the liquid version of a drumstick lollipop.

The hotel

The Armada, Spanish Point, Co Clare - the views are something else.

The part of my body

My solitary dimple. I love seeing people smile: it's the sexiest thing you can wear.

The smell

Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford.

The taste

Anything on the menu at Raj Gaylord in Cork - delicious. It's a little on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for.


Sinead's documentary The Crossing, which aired on RTE One in December 2016, received a special commendation at the 2017 European Broadcasting Festival Prix Europa, in the Best TV Documentary of the Year category

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