Deirdre Harte manages the Craft Development Programme for Derry City Council – she qualified as a Town Planner but has worked mostly in regeneration, heritage and development. Deirdre is originally from Strabane and moved back from Scotland 5 years ago with husband Michael and her two daughters. The local Craft Awards which were set up to recognise, celebrate and raise the profile of the local craft sector take place tonight.
How would you describe yourself?
Committed, enthusiastic, honest, loyal and friendly (I hope).
Happiest childhood memory?
Carefree summer holidays in Donegal where of course it was also sunny.
What was your first job?
Part-time job as a student working in a kilt hire shop in Edinburgh – I measured an entire football team for a wedding.
I love reading so too many favourites to pick just one. Recent books that stand out - Jennifer Johnson ‘Christmas Tree’ and Deirdre Madden ‘One by One in the Darkness’.
Classics like Shawshank Redemption, Local Hero, Breakfast in Tiffanys. Bridesmaids for laughter therapy.
Favourite television programme?
I have enjoyed rediscovering childhood favourites ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and ‘The Waltons’ through my daughters’ eyes.
Life’s too short to stuff a mushroom.
Favourite method of relaxation?
Reading, walking on a beach and painting (if I ever got the time).
Favourite holiday destination?
My Dad would always wonder why anyone would want to holiday anywhere else than his Donegal – since there was no better place in the World. It will always have a special place in my heart but I also love to travel – somewhere warm and picturesque.
Who would you most like to meet?
I would like to have met Nelson Mandela.
What makes you angry?
Racism, bigotry and intolerance.
What makes you happy?
Friday night – watching a film with my family, open fire, with the weekend ahead.
What human quality do you most admire?
Wisdom (and patience).
What human quality do you least admire?
What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?
Using the French for 50 instead of 15 when sent off to reserve a table with rusty A-Level French on a student field trip to Paris. The restaurant was not impressed at having prepared a whole room.
What was the worst thing to happen to you?
What is your greatest fear?
Losing my children.
What has been the high point of your life to date?
Too difficult to pick just one – wedding day, buying first home, special holidays, pregnancy and babies, jobs offers and the love and support of a great family and extended family.
How would you like to be remembered?
What is your most treasured possession?
Family photographs and my daughters’ baby record books/memory boxes.
If you won the lotto what would you do with it?
Travel (after paying off family mortgages….)
If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?
Health and happiness for all my family into old age.
If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?
Here lieth a mostly good person who mostly lived a good and happy life.