Garrett Phillipps Ros na Rún

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Driving, listening to the small people singing in the back.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Which living person do you most admire?

My parents. Somehow raised seven of us.

Which is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Procrastination.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My passport.

What is your favourite journey?

Every step I take on Christmas Day.

On what occasion do you lie?

When lost and someone asks me for directions.

Which living person do you most despise?

The guy who invented green golf tees.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My three blondes.

When and where were you happiest?

Seeing Sinatra sing live in Dublin...eh, I mean the birth of my children.

Which talent would you most like to have?

A polyglot.

What is your current state of mind?

Hopeful.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Clarity.

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

Nigella Lawson’s dessert spoon.

What is your most treasured possession?

Peace of mind.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Loss.

What is your favourite occupation?

Singing and acting.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Wit and wisdom.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Wit, wisdom, and womanliness!

Who are your favourite writers?

‘The Bard’, Christopher Marlowe, Yeats, Hopkins, Heaney, and of course Kinky Friedman.

What is your motto?

Enjoy yourself...it's later than you think.

Garrett Phillips plays Dr Cathal Hennessy in TG4’s Ros na Rún which is back for its 17th series. Watch it every Tuesday and Thursday at 8.30pm on TG4 or check into the omnibus on Sunday nights at 10.30pm. See www.rosnarun.com Kernan Andrews

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