Friday’s Child - Denise White

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This week’s Friday’s Child is Denise White, founder of Eglinton-based charity, Something Special, which provides creative space for adults with learning difficulties.

Passionate, compassionate, competitive, sincere, not wise and a bit of a party animal.

Happiest childhood memory?

Saturdays at Granny Josie’s.

What was your first job?

Waitress in the Leprechaun.

Favourite book?

Little Women.

Favourite film?


Favourite tv programme?


Favourite expression?

Life’s too short.

Favourite method of relaxation?

Long bath or a walk on the beach.

Favourite holiday destination?


Who would you most like to meet?

J.S. Bach, Elvis, Freddie Mercury, Jesus..

What makes you angry?

Discrimination and ignorance (and being told I’m wrong!).

What makes you happy?

Spending time with Greg, Laura and Daniel, being Queen of the Dance floor (and being told I’m right!).

What human quality do you most admire?


What human quality do you least admire?

Envy and greed.

What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?

Going waterskiing with my wetsuit on back-to-front.

What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?

Losing my Uncle Dessie - the inspiration for Something Special.

What is your greatest fear?

Not reaching old age.

What has been the high point of your life to date?

Apart from my family, establishing Something Special.

How would you like to be remembered?

Someone who made a huge difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities (and a hell of a dancer!)

What is your most treasured possession?

The diaries I have kept since my children were born and Dessie’s box of memories .

If you won the lottery, what would you do with it?

Open an All-Ireland Creative Arts Academy for people with Learning Disabilities.

If you could be granted one wish in life, what would it be?

That people with learning disabilities be given the same opportunities as everyone else.

If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?

Finally, she gets a break.......