Virgin Media's news reporter tells Chloe Brennan about her love of black dresses, Barbra Streisand and home-baking over FaceTime.
My grandad. He's 87, lives in west Cork, recently joined a choir and goes to aqua aerobics two mornings a week to 'get the knee back'. He loves opera music, but ended up at an Eminem concert in Stockholm last year and loved it. I adore him.
Meeting the Pope on board the Papal jet.
The moment of the day
Probably those few seconds before we go live with the news. Hearing: 'We're coming to you next, Zara; stand by!' It never gets old.
Doo-Wop (That Thing) by Lauryn Hill.
I love the escapism of a romcom. I recently rewatched The Mirror has Two Faces. I love Barbra Streisand.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
I have two. Alex Crawford from Sky News. She's the epitome of bravery. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times correspondent. Her documentary audio series, Caliphate, is one of the best pieces of journalism I've ever come across. The news gathering, verification process and storytelling is absolutely outstanding.
Ninety per cent of my wardrobe is black dresses and I love them. Comfortable, easy to wear, uncomplicated - what's not to love about the humble black dress?
Chocolate and coffee. I gave up both recently. Five weeks in, I do feel better, but I still dream of a piping-hot Americano and some white chocolate Buttons.
A little gadget I find great is a wine aerator. It's a game changer if you're having a glass of red.
The pet hate
Nastiness. It costs nothing to be nice and none of us know what anyone else is going through on any given day. A smile and a little empathy never fail.
I'm always happiest on a horse.
The part of my body
Maybe my eyes. They are the windows to the soul, etc.
Sweden. I spend most of my holiday time travelling between Stockholm and Kalmar in the south of Sweden. It's gorgeous, the people are so kind, the Abba museum is a must, and it's only a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Dublin. Sweden is family time for me, made even more special this past year following the arrival of my cousin's first baby, Matthew. Obsessed.
Hotel Rival in Stockholm. It's owned by Benny Andersson from Abba.
The piece of advice
'What's for you, won't pass' - my mother always says it. It's annoying to hear when you really want something and it doesn't happen for you, but the reason always reveals itself in time. Trust the process, work hard, stay true to yourself and be kind. What's meant for us will come in good time.
The beauty product
Mascara - Benefit Roller Lash, but the mini version, always. The short wand gets a brilliant grip on your lashes - it's like magic.
The Lifeboat Inn, in Courtmacsherry, west Cork, for a seafood platter and a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Bonus points if you get a table in the garden across the road on a summer's evening.
This is a very cliched choice, but Oprah Winfrey. She is a master interviewer.
My mum Maria's cooking/baking - basically anything she makes. My dad has been spoiled in quarantine. She's been teaching me how to bake over FaceTime, it's been such a lovely way to stay connected.
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