The loves of my life... Cathy O'Neill
The violinist, composer and beauty ambassador tells Elle Gordon about the things closest to her heart.
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.
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.
Any song by Nina Simone. I have a slight (extreme) obsession with Nina.
The Sound of Music. Solfa and Julie Andrews. What more could you want?
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.
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.
Anything with runners - they're comfy, and they always put a spring in my step.
A hair bobble. When I can't find one, it's panic stations to the max.
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.
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.
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.
Any summer I spent in Sean Phobal, Co Waterford. It has a beautiful coastline, and the music and Irish down there is priceless.
Pineapple juice. Any time of the day or night.
The Cliff House Hotel in Waterford. The terrace overlooks the bay of Ardmore and when the sun is setting, it's beautiful.
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.
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.
I've always found that kindess goes a long way, so I try my best to be kind.
Dark chocolate. I can't get through the day without it.
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.
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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