What’s your idea of a perfect day, or perfect weekend out in Kilkenny?
Start with a walk by the river or some yoga, have a lazy breakfast at home with my family, then head to the park or woods with my kids and a good coffee followed by chilling out watching some animated film or musical. Then dinner with my hubby and family or friends in any of the fantastic restaurants in Kilkenny City.
Who has made the greatest contribution to Kilkenny in your lifetime - and why?
I think Kilkenny Tourism, the Tidy towns and other similar organisations that have made Kilkenny a go to destination have made a huge contribution. In 2017, Kilkenny was one of the most popular destinations in Ireland and that is due to the hard work of people who keep the place looking beautiful, organising festivals and constantly adding new attractions like The Medieval Mile.
What’s your first Kilkenny memory?
I’ve lots of happy memories from my childhood in Kilkenny - going to the mart with my dad or watching him hurling, going to Mulhall’s for an ice cream float with my Mam, cycling to the woods to play with my friends and neighbours for the day or until we got hungry at least, chips from Larkins, going to the Regent cinema on William street with sweets from Whites or Mooneys, going to see Kilkenny Homecoming after the All Irelands and going to see Santa Claus in the Monster House.
What’s your favorite part of the county - and why?
I love the city for meeting the girls for a coffee, retail therapy or heading for a night out. With the kids though, I love Castlecomer Discovery Park and the woods but you cannot beat the Castle Park; we are blessed to have such a beautiful amenity in the city.
What do you think gives Kilkenny is unique identity?
It is a beautiful medieval city with fabulous history and stories. When we came home from Italy earlier this summer and with the sun shining here, Kilkenny was as beautiful as anywhere we had visited.
Do you have a favourite local writer or author?
Most of my reading is on nutrition or health type books but my kids recently got The Little Lost Cats Big Adventure in Kilkenny by Carolann Treacy and it is fab!
What’s the biggest challenge facing the county today?
Employment is a problem, there are lots of people who need to commute due to the lack of choice in Kilkenny, I spent 12 years commuting to Clonmel and it has a huge impact on people’s lifestyle and health.
If you had the power to change on thing in, or about Kilkenny, what would it be?
Completely biased answer and not specific to Kilkenny either but I’d teach all kids how to cook simple nutritious meals; it would help to reduce some of the health issues we will face in the future.