This week’s Friday’s Child is local man, Martin Sweeney who works as an engineer in the health service. Well known as a singer and song writer, he is currently working on his debut album to be released in the autumn. He is married to Siobhan and they have two daughters, Emma and Aine.
How would you describe yourself?
Energetic, enthusiastic , serious when I need to be, but I love a bit of craic
Happiest childhood memory?
Christmas time at home, my mother and father made it all very special and magical.
What was your first job?
Working in Wheelers’ chip shop on the Strand Road as the ‘chief’ fish fryer.
‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ by Mitch Albom, or any local history book.
‘Local Hero’, a brilliant film set in Scotland starring Burt Lancaster with a fabulous soundtrack by Mark Knofler.
Favourite television programme?
I love music, history and cookery programmes, however I tend to listen to the radio more than I watch TV. I never miss Eamon Friel’s late show on Radio Ulster on a Saturday night.
“It’s all about luck and the more you practice the luckier you get”.
Favourite method of relaxation?
I love to cook on a Friday night, while listening to some good music and enjoying a glass of red wine.
Favourite holiday destination?
Italy every time, Siobhan and I love the culture, the weather, the wine and the pasta.
Who would you most like to meet?
The engineer in me would love to have met Isambard Kingdom Brunel, an engineering genius. The musician in me would love to have spent time in a Dublin pub with my musical hero, Phil Lynott
What makes you angry?
Narrow minded people, it’s a big planet and there’s plenty of room for everybody.
What makes you happy?
Heading to Clonmany for the weekend with my family, walking along the beautiful beaches during the day then putting my feet up in front of a turf fire at night.
What human quality do you most admire?
Generosity of spirit, genuine people.
What human quality do you least admire?
People who are false and not honest about what they really are. The reality is, most people can see right through them.
What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?
On a recent holiday we visited a volcano. The path around the volcano crater was very steep and uneven. I walked along the path recording everything on my camcorder. I tripped and slid down the gravel path all the time trying to save the camcorder until I realized I was rolling towards the centre of the crater. Panicking I spread my arms and legs to stop myself. I eventually got stopped and our tour guide helped me to my feet to thunderous applause from the rest of our group.
What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?
The deaths of my parents, my sister and some great friends.
What has been the high point of your life to date?
Marrying Siobhan and the birth of my two beautiful daughters, Emma and Aine
What is your most treasured possession?
The Martin acoustic guitar, Siobhan bought me for Christmas about 10 years ago.
If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?
Fill your heart with sunshine you only live one life time, we’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time