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The four-minute interview... with Rachael English


Rachel English

Rachel English

Rachel English

What's been the best decade of your life so far and why?

My forties, as I'm much calmer in myself now.

What was the worst moment of your life?

The days before my 40th birthday, when I had discovered a lump and was waiting for results. I had surgery on my thyroid gland. What secret skill or talent do you have?

I am quite good at ironing. It's relaxing.

If there was one song you associated with your youth, what would it be?

Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town.

What was the last lie you told?

I've been known to come up with some very exotic excuses for not doing the quarter-to-eight in the evening conference call for Morning Ireland.

What do you consider the greatest work of art?

The Scrovegni Chapel in Padua in Italy contains a fresco by Giotto, which was completed around 1305. It features one of the first ever kisses in Western art.

Which local star in any field should the world outside of Britain and Ireland know about?

I think jump jockeys like Tony McCoy and Ruby Walsh are up there with Formula One race car drivers, and deserve just as much recognition.

What is your greatest regret?

Not travelling more in my twenties. I had the 'good job' mentality.

What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?

Sleep. More sleep. Then some more, please.

Who is/was the love of your life?

My husband Eamon. We met in the RTE Radio Centre when he dropped a friend in to be interviewed.

What is your present state of mind?

Surprisingly calm seeing as my new book is just out.

What are the consolations of getting older?

Not getting weighed down by trivial things.

What living heroes or heroines do you have?

Tony and Mary Heffernan, whose two children died from Batten disease, and who have gone on to campaign and fundraise for other sick children. They have incredible strength and courage.

What is your best chat up line?

I always preferred non-verbal signals, like a tip of the head or a smile.

What is the best lesson life has taught you?

To choose battles carefully. To be able to let things go.

Rachael English is a presenter on Morning Ireland, RTE Radio 1. Her new novel, Each & Every One, is published by Orion.

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