Sunday 19 November 2017

The loves of my life... Cathy O'Neill


Irish violinist, composer and Trinity College Dublin student Cathy O'Neill
Irish violinist, composer and Trinity College Dublin student Cathy O'Neill

The violinist, composer and beauty ambassador tells Elle Gordon about the things closest to her heart.

The person

There are two people. My grandparents - they are kindness personified. They represent what it is to me to be Irish - their love of poetry, Irish music, an Ghaeilge, the GAA, their good humour and, most importantly, their kindness.

The memory

I have some great memories from going on tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland when I was younger. Probably best not to print them.

The moment of the day

When there's nobody at home and I can play the tin whistle. Apologies to my neighbours.

The song

Any song by Nina Simone. I have a slight (extreme) obsession with Nina.

The movie

The Sound of Music. Solfa and Julie Andrews. What more could you want?

The hero

My brother. He's the only sibling I have, and I'd be lost without him. Even though I'm older - and bossier - he's still the first person I'd turn to in a crisis, or when I'm in need of advice.

The book

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I'm still gripped by the story to this day. There are definitely a few life lessons to be learned from Atticus Finch.

The outfit

Anything with runners - they're comfy, and they always put a spring in my step.

The accessory

A hair bobble. When I can't find one, it's panic stations to the max.

The gadget

I'm not a gadget person, so I would have say my bicycle, Lucy Lou.

The pet hate

Discrimination, racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and everything in between. If there's one thing that makes me mad, it's inequality. I just can't stand it.

The celebrity

Nina Simone. She died in 2003 and I regret never seeing her perform. She was a brilliant pianist, and although at first she wasn't considered an amazing singer, her voice is utterly unique. I admire how she used her music to advocate for the rights of African-Americans.

The friend

I have many great friends, but Doireann MacMahon has been my best partner in crime for the past 10 years now.

The piece of advice

This might be a bit crude, but when I was young, my mam told me if ever I was attacked, to aim between the legs. It has got me out of a few sticky situations.

The beauty product

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation. It lasts all day and night and smells delicious. Couple it with a Lancome Matte Shaker lipstick and I'm sorted.

The holiday

Any summer I spent in Sean Phobal, Co Waterford. It has a beautiful coastline, and the music and Irish down there is priceless.

The drink

Pineapple juice. Any time of the day or night.

The hotel

The Cliff House Hotel in Waterford. The terrace overlooks the bay of Ardmore and when the sun is setting, it's beautiful.

The bar

The bar of the Cliff House Hotel, see above. Or any bar that serves olives. Yum.

The part of my body

My crooked violin fingers. They become more ugly with every year, but they serve me well.

The hobby

Gaelic football. I've been playing GAA with Ballyboden St Enda's club since I was about six years old. I have brilliant memories of matches and competitions.

The virtue

I've always found that kindess goes a long way, so I try my best to be kind.

The vice

Dark chocolate. I can't get through the day without it.

The smell

Lavender. If I win the Lotto, I'm going to build a house in the middle of a lavender field and keep the windows open.

The taste

Mint chocolate. Give me a box of After Eight and I'm set. I could easily finish a box myself.

To Celebrate Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation being available in 40 beautiful shades, Lancome have found one inspiring woman to represent each skintone, including the Irish violinist, composer and Trinity College Dublin student Cathy O'Neill

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