Friday’s Child - Gary McClenaghan

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This week’s Friday’s Child is local man Gary McClenaghan. By day Gary is branch manager of the Cheque Centre and by night he performs with the Foyle Follies as Candy Love.

How would you describe yourself?

Hmmm that’s always a difficult question but I suppose I could say I am a very outgoing person and what you see is what you get. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve.

Happiest childhood memory?

Holidays to Shroove when my parents used to rent a little cottage and we would have just went away during the summer.

What was your first job?

My first job was a bar waiter in the Everglades Hotel

Favourite book?

Harry Potter.

Favourite film?

Santa Claus the movie.

Favourite television programme?

Downton Abbey.

Favourite expression?

“Sure I know.”

Favourite method of relaxation?

I would have to say a nice bath with candles and of course a nice glass of wine.

Favourite holiday destination?

Orlando, Florida.

Who would you most like to meet?

Alan Carr as I think he would be hilarious to talk to.

What makes you angry?

Inconsiderate people.

What makes you happy?

Being at home with my other half and my doggies with a big fire lit.

What human quality do you most admire?


What human quality do you least admire?

Two faced people.

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

Something that always sticks out in my mind about this, but a few years ago while performing at the birthday of one of the cast members of Mrs Brown’s Boys and during my performance on stage and as part of the act I got up on the chair and just as I did this it came away from under me leaving me flat out on the floor in front of a room full of people and feeling very embarrassed.

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

The death of my mother.

What is your greatest fear?

Going bald.

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

Meeting my other half and getting engaged.

How would you like to be remembered?

As someone who made people laugh.

What is your most treasured possession?

My wee dog Charlie.

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

I would book a holiday for all my friends and family and jet off somewhere hot and of course quit my job.

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

A time machine so you could always go back and visit some of your happiest memories in life.

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

Here lies Gary Mc Clenaghan “I told you I was sick”.

You can Catch Candy at the Foyle Follies Christmas Panty Mime at the An Culturlann on December 8.