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Elaine Cormican: Body and soul

On Van Gogh, the brush dance and Louis Walsh

Elaine Cormican (32) plays the whistle as part of trad Irish group Liadan which was formed six years ago when all of the members were at the University of Limerick studying for their masters in Irish traditional music. Elaine is also a primary school learning support teacher.

My parents were . . . always supportive. My dad was a psychiatric nurse and a farmer on the side. My mum was a psychiatric nurse, too, before she had us children. She's working again now, since we all left home.

The house I grew up in . . . is still the place I call home, in Cappatagle, Galway.

When I was a child I wanted to be . . . the Rose of Tralee, but now that's all changed. I wanted one of those flouncy dresses!

If I could change one thing about myself I would . . . be more decisive.

You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at . . . the 'brush dance', it used to be my party piece. It's when you Irish dance around a brush. I'm not as fast anymore, though.

But I'm no good at . . . organisation. I'm not that organised at all.

At night I dream of . . . flying. Whenever I remember my dreams I seem to be flying in them, but I never remember a whole dream.

When I look in the mirror I see . . . me, looking back at me.

My favourite item of clothing is . . .

a thermal vest and a great pair of socks -- in this weather anyway. I also have a nice dress that I got for a Christmas party last year, it's flowery with frills.

I wish I'd never worn . . . a mustard-coloured overshirt when I was in college in Dublin in the 90s.

I drive . . . the best car ever; it's a 1997 Toyota Starlet. I've had it for 10 years and I have had no bother with it. I don't want to get it scrapped.

My house is . . . in Castleconnel in Limerick; it's semi-detached and on the outskirts of the town.

My favourite work of art . . . is anything by Van Gogh, I find his pieces very inspiring.

A book that changed me . . . was The Life of Pi by Yann Martel; my boyfriend gave it to me.

My real-life villain is . . . Louis Walsh. He's probably grand as a person but he has encouraged all this boyband/girlband thing.

The person who really makes me laugh is . . . Eoin Coughlan, my boyfriend. I know it sounds corny but he has a funny streak; he's a singer/songwriter and has worked with Pat Shortt.

The last time I cried . . . was when Christmas was over -- I just love it, and when it was over, I thought, 'Oh no I have to take down the lights!'.

My five-year plan is . . . that the band continues to bring our music to different places around Europe and make another couple of albums. I would also like to record a solo album.

My life philosophy is . . . to fill life with the things and people that you enjoy and to have music as the background to it all.

Liadan will be performing on January 27 at the Projects Arts Centre as part of Temple Bar Trad Fest (templebartrad.com)