Tuesday 22 May 2018

The loves of my life: Bernie Cryan, co-founder of Fab Cow


Bernie Cryan. Photo: Ferghal Philips
Bernie Cryan. Photo: Ferghal Philips

The creative co-founder of Fab Cow, which produces inspirational art prints, chats to Elle Gordon about her favourite people, places and things.

The person My dad is such a kind, supportive person. He epitomises generosity and puts everyone ahead of himself. He possesses all of the qualities I admire in people. He's a big part of my sons' lives, and has instilled in Sean and Paul many of his qualities.

The memory

As kids, we used to spend a lot of time in Roscommon in my paternal grandparents' home. My cousins and I used to swim all day in the nearby river. Those days seemed endless, and life was so simple.

The moment of the day

Definitely the morning. I'm at my best early in the day - the start of the day, when anything seems possible.

The song

Only You by Yazoo. It brings back fond memories every time I play it, and puts me in a good mood.

The movie

The Guard. It's a laugh-out-loud Irish comedy. Murder, blackmail, drugs, sex, trafficking, rural police corruption... and so politically incorrect. What more could you ask for in a movie?

The hero

My five-year-old nephew, Rory. He's been through cancer and come out the other end. All through it he was good-humoured and never complained. His smile and love of life are so infectious.

The book

Round Ireland With A Fridge by Tony Hawks. The author hitch-hikes around the country with a fridge. It's an entirely silly, heartwarming story about his journey, told with great humour. It really captures the warmth and sometimes nuttiness of Ireland.

The outfit

At the moment, the dress I wore recently for my son's Confirmation. I'm so in love with the Irish fashion brand Fee G right now. The designs are so feminine and colourful, yet totally modern.

The gadget

I'd love to say it wasn't my iPhone... but it is!

The accessory

A silver necklace my partner, Francis, gave me. It was designed by the very talented Edward J Cook, a silversmith and jeweller based in Skerries.

The beauty product

Bia Beauty moisturiser. It feels great on the skin and it's 100pc natural. I love that it's an Irish company that started out at a kitchen table, just like Fab Cow.

The bar

I've got to mention my local pub, Gibney's of Malahide, for its friendliness and atmosphere. Also Cryans Bar, in Carrick-on-Shannon, for its trad music sessions.

The hobby

Exercising. I attend a fitness class

three times a week, and I always feel better for it. There's a great bunch of girls who attend and we have a good laugh both in the gym and socially.

The pet hate

I can't stand rudeness: there's no excuse for it, and it takes so much more effort than kindness.

The friend

I don't want to get into trouble by naming only one. I'm lucky to have great friends, and they know who they are!

The holiday

Once it's warm with good food and lots of culture, I'm happy. I'm not one for lying beside the pool - I prefer to explore and discover.

The piece of advice

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody.

The drink

I don't really have a sweet tooth, but after a meal out, I love a good calypso coffee [coffee, sugar, cream and Tia Maria].

The hotel

We've been to Seafield Hotel in Wexford a couple of times recently and really enjoy it there, and it's not too far to drive.

The part of the body

Mine or Brad Pitt's? Seriously, I'm not body-conscious. I'm happy in my own skin.

The virtue

Kindness. Fab Cow's mission statement is just two words: be kind.

The vice

I can be disorganised and have a habit of misplacing things. It drives my partner nuts.

The smell

The sea. We're lucky enough to live near the sea, and the smell of the ocean evokes a feeling of possibility and energises me.

Bernie Cryan owns and runs Fab Cow with her partner, artist Francis Leavey.

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