This week’s Friday’s Child is 30-year-old Emmet Thompson who works as a Pastoral Youth Ministry Co-ordinator for St Eugene’s Cathedral and St Columba’s Church, Long Tower. From Marlborough Avenue, Derry, Emmet went to Rosemount P.S. and St Joseph’s Boys’ School and has fond memories of both schools. Emmet’s work involves developing faith-based activities for young people within both parishes. His hobbies include going to the gym and coaching Gaelic football.
How would you describe yourself?
Hardworking and caring.
Happiest childhood memory?
Spending time with my friends in Brooke Park and watching Derry bring home the Sam Maguire to the Guildhall with my dad in 1993.
What was your first job?
Sales assistant in Adrian Kelly’s Eurospar at Hatfield. I really enjoyed my time there and he was great to work for.
‘Remember the Titans’
‘Earn The Right To Win’ (Autobiography of American football coach, Tom Coughlin)
Favourite TV programme?
Favourite method of relaxation?
Exercising at the gym and visiting Donegal.
Favourite holiday destination?
Who would you most like to meet?
Bill Belichick, New England Patriots head coach.
What makes you angry?
People who are ungrateful.
What makes you happy?
Being outdoors and spending time with my family.
What human quality do you most admire?
What human quality do you least admire?
What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?
During one of my first lessons as a qualified teacher I wrote on an Interactive Whiteboard with a marker. It took me an hour to get it off.
What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?
The death of my Granny Elizabeth.
What is your greatest fear?
Failure and death.
What’s been the high point of your life to date?
Getting engaged to my fiancée Sharon.
How would you like to be remembered?
Being there for my family and as a role model.
What is your most treasured possession?
If you won the lotto what would you do with it?
I would buy a house in Terranea Resort, California, look after my family, buy a nice car and donate to youth initiatives within St Eugene’s and Long Tower parish.
If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?
Good health and happiness for my family and myself.
If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?
“He inspired us all”