Friday’s Child - Danielle Doherty

Danielle Doherty.
Danielle Doherty.

This week’s Friday’s child is Danielle Doherty who runs the Dove House Community Trust in the Youth Transition Project, a one stop shop for young people (11-25) to access services and programmes which promote positive mental health, physical health and well-being. The Youth Transition Project is currently running the ‘Feel Good Fortnight’ event encouraging young people in Derry aged 11-25 to celebrate all that is good and positive in their communities. Visit for more information.

How would you describe yourself?

Danielle Doherty

Danielle Doherty

Determined and loyal.

Happiest childhood memory?

Going on family holidays, especially to London. I loved visiting all the London landmarks.

What was your first job?

My first job was when I was fifteen, washing dishes in a Chinese Restaurant. I also had to shell prawns and remove the inedible parts and chop onions. Needless to say I didn’t like it very much and didn’t last very long.

Favourite book?

My favourite books are autobiographies, particularly those of people who have overcome adversity.

Favourite film? 

It’s hard to choose any one in particular but I am a sucker for animal themed films, I also love the story of an underdog, so I would have to say ‘Seabiscuit’.

Favourite television programme?

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Suits’.

Favourite expression?

‘Aye naw I know’.

Favourite method of relaxation?

I would like to say yoga or meditation but in truth I enjoy nothing better than watching a good box set with a selection of munchies.

Favourite holiday destination?

Anywhere the temperature is above 25 degrees!

Who would you most like to meet?

Anybody who knows me will know the answer to this already. I would most like to meet Rafael Nadal. I’m hoping this will happen in November when I go to the World Tour finals in London’s O2 arena. I was looking forward to seeing him play last year however just my luck that he had appendicitis and missed the tournament.

What makes you angry?

I get angry if I order takeaway food and I realise when I’m serving it that the order is wrong, I really hate it when they forget my can of coke.

 What makes you happy?

I love going out to eat with family or friends.

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

Not long after I passed my driving test I stalled my car in the middle of a busy junction. The traffic lights changed colour and in that moment I panicked and completely forgot how to drive - the only thing I could manage to do was turn on my window wipers.

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

The unexpected death of close friends at a young age is definitely the worst thing to happen to me in my life.

What is your greatest fear?

To reach the end of my life and be full of regret.

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

Completing the London Marathon in memory of a close friend.

How would you like to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered as a good person, who could always be depended upon, especially for having a good time!

What is your most treasured possession?

My signed Ryan Giggs top that my brother bought me as a Christmas present.

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

I would obviously look after my family and friends first. I am a huge tennis fan, so I would take a year to travel around the world following the ATP world tour and definitely the four Grand Slam events. It’s my dream to watch the men’s final at Wimbledon, preferably with Nadal in it.

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

My one wish without a doubt would be that my family, friends and I live happy and healthy lives.

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

‘She has reached the point of no return for the last time’. My friends will know exactly what this means, haha.