Tuesday 24 October 2017

My cultural life: Anna Geary, TV presenter

Matt Damon (centre) as Francois Pienaar in Invictus.
Matt Damon (centre) as Francois Pienaar in Invictus.
Tom Crean

Currently Anna is working with TV3 and Today FM as a sports contributor, and with Sky Sports as an athlete mentor. She is qualifying as a Business and Life Coach and engages in motivational speaking.

She is also working on various ad hoc media projects. Her most recent broadcasting project is presenting Fire In The Blood, due to air on Monday 21 on RTE One at 8.30pm. The programme is a part of the Celtic Revival series on RTE, in which she explores the lasting legacy of Michael Cusack, one of the founders of the GAA.

Film: Invictus

Invictus left a lasting impression on me because it showcases the power of sport and how it can bring people together. In the film, Nelson Mandela uses sport to break down barriers in South Africa. The film is aptly named after one of my favourite poems, Invictus by William Ernest Henley. The poem is also narrated in the film. The last verse is my favourite: "It matters not how straight the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul."

Book: Open

At the start of 2016, I made a promise to myself that I would allow more time for reading. After numerous recommendations, despite not being a regular reader of non-fiction, I decided to immerse myself in Andre Agassi's autobiography; Open. I know I am late to the party since it was published in 2009, but it was worth the wait. You do not have to be a tennis fan to become engrossed in this book. I think it's brilliant as not only does he give us an insight into his professional tennis career but also into his life - the successes, the challenges the controversy and the struggles. It is an honest, detailed and compelling account of his highs and lows.

Poetry: Our Deepest Fear

I am not drawn to a specific poet, instead I am captivated by certain poetry with which I can identify. In school, Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken struck a chord. I also love Marianne Williamson's poem, Our Deepest Fear. This is my favourite poem and I often refer to this poem when I am speaking to groups.

Play: Tom Crean

A few years ago, I enjoyed Aidan Dooley's award-winning one-man play and it still give me tingles thinking about it. It tells the heroic tale of Tom Crean, the Irish Antarctic explorer. It's about the story of an ordinary man who embarked upon an extraordinary adventure. I saw it in the intimate Everyman Theatre in Cork. The vivid detail he uses makes you feel like you are on the journey with him in Antarctic.

Music: Footloose

I was born in the 1980s and while I may not have been old enough to appreciate the music at the time, I now love it. Footloose is my tune of choice. Though, any type of upbeat music that gets my feet moving puts a smile on my face. I think that music can influence your mood. I don't understand why people put sad songs on when they are having a bad day. I would much rather listen to something like "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" by Wham! Yes, it's cheesy, but it will have you humming along without you even realising it.

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