Whereabouts do you come in your family?
I am the youngest of 8 – 5 boys and 3 girls
What is your earliest childhood memory?
I remember camping in Clonea, Dungarvan when I about 3yrs old
Did you have a favourite toy as a young child?
My favourite was a Gun and Holster. I was always playing cowboys and Indians – I was a cowboy of course.
What are your memories of your school days? Were you a good pupil?
I never paid attention. I wasn’t the worst messer but not great. English and History were my favourite so I listened in those classes. I have fun memories though – all good memories of school.
Who was your best friend growing up? Are you still in touch with them?
Liam Crotty was my best friend in school and he still is. I met him when I was 3 and we started school together at Mercy Convent in Dungarvan.
What was your favourite food/snack/drink as a child?
I loved Coke floats. The food was not great in our house so I lived on biscuits for a while – they still have to be kept out of the house
Did you have any pets?
I had pet rats – Barnie and Beanie named after Batchelors Beans
What were your favourite games to play outside with friends?
I was always Exploring – finding new places to get into trouble in
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I never thought about it – that was the problem. It didn’t occur to me until after the leaving cert. I had started cooking slowly at home out of necessity, then a FAS scheme in a restaurant started me off.
Do children today have more or less freedom than children of your generation?
Less freedom – they are more monitored nowadays. The World seemed a safer place then although it wasn’t necessarily as we’re finding out now.