Friday’s Child - Emma Wilson

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This week’s Friday’s Child is Thornhill College past pupil Emma Wilson (nee McCauley).

Emma works as a Project Manager for an Organisational Leadership and Development Company at Bath Consultancy Group and is responsible for management of client projects primarily within the financial sector. Emma is helping organise a Thornhill College Class Reunion for pupils from 1989-1996. Find out more on ‘Thornhill Reunion 1989-1996’ on facebook. All girls are encouraged to come, even if you left before 1996.

How would you describe yourself?

Optimistic, positive, cheerful

Happiest childhood memory?

Spending the summer holidays on Strandhill beach in Sligo when I was little, I used to love building sandcastles with my siblings and my mum and dad. Once we had a sandcastle competition which I remember my dad actually won by building a very detailed sand car!

What was your first job?

Working in Options in the Richmond Centre.

Favourite book?

‘McCarthy’s Bar’ – it’s the only book that has ever made me laugh out loud from start to finish.

Favourite film?

It’s got to be either the original ‘Star Wars’ films or ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ – all childhood favourites.

Favourite television programme?

‘Dexter’ - great crime thriller

Favourite expression?

“It could always be worse” and “The simplest things in life remind us of all we have to be thankful for.”

Favourite method of relaxation?

Going for walks on the beach with my husband.

Who would you most like to meet?

My grandparents on my dad’s side. They died when I was really young but I would have loved to have known them.

What makes you angry?

Hatred, injustice and arrogance. Also, people drinking half pints. Half pint glasses should be banned!

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

Slipping on the dance floor earlier this year whilst dancing to ‘I’ve Got The Moves Like Jagger’ and tearing my knee ligament resulting in almost three months in a legbrace and crutches.

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

My brother getting badly injured and the impact it had on him and our family.

What is your greatest fear?

Being old with regrets. Losing those I love. Being force fed custard! Bleugh.

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

My wedding day.

What is your most treasured possession?

An old Irish one penny coin my brother gave me on my wedding day as a token of good luck and some family photographs of captured memories.

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

I’d ensure family and friends are looked after, donate an amount to charity and I would set up my own business with my husband.

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

I’d wish for a time machine

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

Died at the age of 105 whilst wingwalking!