Eibhlín Ní Choistealbha RTÉ/TG4

Proust Questionnaire

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Hugging a loved one.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Not sure.

Which living person do you most admire?

Barrack Obama.

Which is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My indecisiveness and sometimes my senseless worrying.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My bed….I have a really comfortable memory foam mattress which cost me a lot of money! Sleep is very important so I’m glad I made the investment!

What is your favourite journey?

The return boat journey from Maya Beach to Koh Phi Phi Island in Thailand at sunset, nothing more peaceful or beautiful.

On what occasion do you lie?

I fib on rare occasions, but a lady never lies!!

Which living person do you most despise?

Despise is a very strong word, and life is too short for me to even think of despising anyone.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My best friend, and someone who is there for me no matter what, my beautiful mother.

When and where were you happiest?

Summer of 1998, working in a pub called Krugers in Dun Chaoin, opposite the Blasket Islands, west of Dingle.

Which talent would you most like to have?

To be fluent in a few other languages, Spanish and French.

What is your current state of mind?

Content.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Climbing the four highest peaks in Ireland in one weekend for Focus Ireland. Lots of blisters and very sore feet...but it was worth it and such a memorable experience.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?

A dolphin...I’ve always wanted to be a strong swimmer!!!

What is your most treasured possession?

My memories.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Thankfully I don’t know.

What is your favourite occupation?

It may sound crazy but I like driving.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

A good sense of humour and honesty.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

The same!!

Who are your favourite writers?

Frank McCourt, John B Keane.

What is your motto?

Tus maith-leath na hoibre!!

Eibhlín Ní Choistealbha is a journalist and newsreader with Nuacht RTÉ/TG4, based in Baile na hAbhann, Connemara. Nuacht RTÉ is broadcast daily at 6.45 on RTÉ One and Nuacht TG4 at 7pm on TG4.

Kernan Andrews

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