Friday’s Child Marian O’Donnell

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This week’s Friday’s Child is Foyle Hospice staff nurse Marian O’Donnell who celebrates her 60th birthday today along with her twin sister, Áine (the quiet one!). Originally a McLaughlin from Dervock Place, Waterside, Marian has lived in Shroove for almost 40 years and has three children, Con, Margaret and James and two grandchildren, Leo and Sarah. She loves singing and is a member of Moville contemporary choir, Crescendo.

This week’s Friday’s Child is Foyle Hospice staff nurse Marian O’Donnell who celebrates her 60th birthday today along with her twin sister, Áine (the quiet one!). Originally a McLaughlin from Dervock Place, Waterside, Marian has lived in Shroove for almost 40 years and has three children, Con, Margaret and James and two grandchildren, Leo and Sarah. She loves singing and is a member of Moville contemporary choir, Crescendo.

How would you describe yourself?

Modest and hopefully good fun.

Happiest childhood memory?

Spending our summer holidays in Shroove.

What was your first job?

Woolworths on a Saturday.

Favourite book?

My Credit Union book - seriously any books by James Patterson and Karen Rose.

Favourite film?

‘Diehard’ and ‘Lethal Weapon’ films

Favourite television

programme?

‘NCIS’ and ‘CSI’.

Favourite expression?

“What’s the craic?”

Favourite method of relaxation?

Singing and reading.

Favourite holiday destination?

I love going to Lourdes every year.

Who would you most like to meet?

Rod Stewart.

What makes you angry?

Too many things to document.

What makes you happy?

Family, friends and peace.

What human quality do you most admire?

Honesty and integrity.

What human quality do you least admire?

Deceitfulness.

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

One Good Friday I sneaked over to Magilligan on the Greencastle ferry with Áine to have a drink as all the localbars were shut, only to find out afterwards that we’d actually been served alcohol free beer!

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

Being diagnosed with cancer.

What is your greatest fear?

Anything bad happening to my grandchildren and family.

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

When you overcome the Big C, you can overcome anything.

How would you like to be remembered?

As someone who was good craic.

What is your most treasured possession?

My health.

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

I would spend it!

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

The pill of youth.

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

“She tried her best”.