Friday’s Child - Elaine McGee

BBC presenter Elaine Mcgee.
BBC presenter Elaine Mcgee.

This week’s Friday’s Child is Elaine McGee. Elaine presents the Breakfast programme 7am-9am weekdays on BBC Radio Foyle with Enda McClafferty and The Sunday News on BBC Radio Ulster every week at 1pm. Originally from Donegal, Elaine lives in Derry with her husband James.

How would you describe yourself?

Elaine as a baby.

Elaine as a baby.

Early riser, talkative, happy.

Happiest childhood memory?

Trips during the summer to Rossnowlagh beach. Better than any holiday in Spain!

What was your first job?

Also in Rossnowlagh at The Sand House Hotel. I worked in the bar, washing dishes and making sandwiches. Loved it.

Favourite book?

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I read it in about three hours flat when I was travelling, I couldn’t put it down. A really unforgettable story.

Favourite film?

I have loads, but it has to be Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Can’t believe it’s 30 years old now, still brilliant.

Favourite television programme?

Always changing as I watch a lot of box sets, so at the moment, House Of Cards.

Favourite expression?

It’s a long road with no turning. My Mum always says that.

Favourite method of relaxation?

Watching ‘so-bad-it’s-good’ reality television and listening to lots of radio.

Favourite holiday destination?

New York. Lucky to have visited there three times now and every time always seems different.

Who would you most like to meet?

Graham Norton. I love him. He’s so funny and a great broadcaster. I listen to him a lot on BBC Radio 2.

What makes you angry?

Unnecessary rudeness – there’s no need.

What makes you happy?

Being with my lovely family, my friends and my husband.

What human quality do you most admire?

Kindness and how people rally to help you when you most need them.

What human quality do you least admire?


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

I have a long catalogue. One stand-out was when I managed to badly singe my hair at my 21st birthday party when I leaned in a bit too close to blow out the candles on my cake. The pub reeked of burnt hair and my Mum attempted to put me out with her coat. Mortified.

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

Losing my brother Ronan, aged 15, in 2002 after he had a brain aneurysm.

What is your greatest fear?

Not getting to do it all.

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

Marrying James.

How would you like to be remembered?

A good person who listened when she needed to and did her best for others.

What is your most treasured possession?

My late brother’s guitar plectrum which I always carry with me.

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

Quite predictable – look after the people who have always been good to me.

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

My brother Daniel lives in New Zealand and I miss him a lot. So I would wish for an one-hour express flight .

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

That shut me up.