Friday’s Child - Edel Doherty

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This week’s Friday’s Child is Edel Doherty. Edel is a leader with Weightwatchers Ireland and helps to educate and motivate members into changing their lifestyle. She was inspired to become a Weightwatcher leader because of changes she has made to her own life. Edel’s classes are Carndonagh Colgan hall- Tuesdays at 6.45; City Hotel- Wednesdays at 12:00 and 13:00; Drumahoe YMCA- Wednesday at 6.30 and Ballykelly Drummond hotel- Thursday evenings 6.00.

How would you describe yourself?

A mother and wife who is hardworking, very loyal and likes to talk.

Happiest childhood memory?

Coming from a family of 13 we shared a lot of happy memories together on days out in Donegal, and stopping at Bertie O’Neill’s for an ice cream and my father scraping sand off our sandwiches on the beach.

First job?

I started working as an apprentice hairdresser at the age of 16 where I met some of my life long friends. 
I have been with Next now for more than 24 years serving the shopaholics of Derry alongside my position at Weightwatchers.

Favourite Book?

To Kill a Mockingbird. – “I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks” this teaches us to never judge a book by its cover and treat everyone equal.

Favourite Film?

Gone with the Wind- I loved Vivienne Leigh and as Clarke Gable said “Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn.”

Favourite TV programme?

Suits- and it’s not because of the handsome Harvey Specter.

Favourite Expression?

As my mum always told us “whatever is meant for you will never go past you.” 
I truly believe this.

Favourite method of relaxation?

I love walking and listening to music, it helps me unwind and is very therapeutic.

Favourite holiday destination?

Guess? Los Boliches I’ve been there this past 10 years.

Who would you most like to meet?

My friend Antionette who passed away in May of this year, we met regularly for coffee and I would love to do that again.

What makes you angry?

Small minded people.

What makes you happy?

Waking up every morning knowing that I am healthy and loved by my family and friends.

What human quality do you most admire?

I like people who are up front and honest.

What human quality do you least admire?

Selfishness.

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

When I was about 10 I was at Mass with my cousin and being the chatterbox that I am, Father Mullan stopped Mass and called my name and asked what I was talking about. 
I was honest and told him I wanted to know what time the Mass was over. 
Low and behold my mother and father were at the same Mass but not sitting beside me so you can imagine what I had to listen to when I went home- only to be grounded for a week.

The worst thing to happen to you?

On the 4th of November 2014 my mother passed away, she was an inspirational woman who was devoted to her family and taught me so much about life and motherhood. 
She was a lady, and I can honestly say my life has never been the same since.

What is your greatest fear?

Drowning. 


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

Marrying my best friend of 23 years-Tim.

And the birth of my two beautiful children.

How would you like to have been remembered?

As the life and soul of the party.

What is your most treasured possession?

My husband Tim and my children Lauren and Jack who are my biggest supporters.


If you won the lotto what would you do with it?

I’d probably take a heart attack and if I came round from that I would look after my friends and family and local charities because after all charity does begin at home. 


If you could be granted one wish in life what would you ask for?

To go up to my parent’s house and for my mother to be sitting there.

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

Please release me let me go.

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