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Me, myself and I

THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl.

THE QUOTE THAT KEEPS ME SANE

'This too shall pass.'

THE BEST ADVICE I'VE EVER RECEIVED

Kindness is the greatest wisdom.

THE FILM I'VE WATCHED AGAIN AND AGAIN

2001 A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick.

THE SONG I WANT PLAYED AT MY FUNERAL

'Walking in the Air' by Aled Jones, from The Snowman.

THE SCENT THAT EVOKES PLEASANT MEMORIES

The smell of the mountain my parents live on in Kerry, after the rain.

THE PIECE OF FURNITURE THAT WILL BECOME AN HEIRLOOM

My grandmother's radio (2).

THE PICTURE THAT IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

A photograph of my late grandmother (5) and uncle Paddy (4).

THE ITEM THAT TAKES PRIDE OF PLACE IN MY WARDROBE

A black silk Prada dress (6).

THE SENTIMENTAL PIECE OF JEWELLERY

A gold mouse with presbyopia (1).

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD

Nicks in Killorglin, Co Kerry.

THE ITEM I'D SAVE IN A FIRE

A book of childhood photographs (3).

THE CHARACTERISTIC I LIKE MOST IN MYSELF

My ability to learn.

And least

My inability to learn.

My first kiss

From my nephew, Conor.

The last time I cried

Listening to a recording of a guitar piece by the late and great Eric Roche.

It was the best of times…

1. Dancing to Frank Sinatra with my niece, Katie

2. Being given a rainbow by my niece, Chloe

3. My first kiss, as mentioned earlier.

It was the worst of times...

It's private, it was the worst, it changed and still changes everything.

The person I call when things go pear-shaped

My brilliant solicitor, Padraig Murphy, 54 South William Street.

My death row dinner

Steak with fried onions and peppercorn sauce, fresh seasonal veg, potato dauphinoise followed with Beenie's Banoffi pie. A good white wine and a bottle of Hennessy for the shock.

My four-legged friend

Finnegan from the East End of London, who has lived with me for 13 years.

Aisling treads the boards in the Dublin performances of plays Brigit and Bailegangaire at The Olympia Theatre, October 1-5, as part of this year's Dublin Theatre Festival; dublintheatrefestival.com

Irish Independent