Wednesday 26 June 2019

There should be less emphasis on being lovely

Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan

John Costello

RTÉ's Miriam O'Callaghan explains how she was a netball queen while at school and why nowadays she thinks kids are too mollycoddled.

So, where did you go to school?

Sisters of Charity in Milltown, Dublin.

Were you a goody two-shoes or rebel without a cause?

[Laughs] I was incredibly boring, very quiet and very well behaved.

What were your favourite subjects?

I liked English, history and Irish.

Were you a bit of a Sporty Spice?

I was good at netball. In my early teens I was 5ft 10ƒ.

Were you self-conscious about it?

My dad came from a farming community in Kerry and all his family were huge so I never felt self-conscious.

Tell us something naughty?

There is nothing interesting about my school years! I was really boring!

Any skeletons in your musical closet?

[Laughs] No! But I loved Mozart. I used to get very upset when I thought about how young he was when he died. In fact I still get upset today thinking about it.

Who was your favourite teacher?

Sister Pius was wonderful at teaching maths. She made it easy to understand.

What would you change about school?

I think there should be less emphasis on being lovely to children because I think they become too dependent.

A bit of tough love is no bad thing, hey?

Parents can sometimes help their children too much. In the Leaving Cert exam you are by yourself.

Were you interested in journalism back then?

[Laughs] No! I was too busy being a boring teenager to be thinking about journalism.

So your message for kids today is?

The world is your oyster so just go for it.

Irish Independent

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