Friday’s Child Jim McGrath

Jim McGrath.
Jim McGrath.

March 31 marks the end of Derry City Council as we know it as the local government reform process comes into force and the new Derry City and Strabane District Council begins. This week’s Friday’s Child is one of Derry City Council’s longest serving staff members, Jim McGrath. Jim celebrated a remarkable 41 years service with the local authority earlier this week. Originally from Balllougry, Co Derry, Jim is married to Marcella and has three grown up children, two daughters and a son and lives in the Steelstown area of the city.

How would you describe yourself?

A people person.

Happiest childhood memory?

Long Sunday walks with Family.

Who was your childhood hero?

Steve Reeves.

What was your first job?

Technician on Duke Street underpass development

Favourite book?

Awareness by Tony De Mello

Favourite film?

The Searchers

Favourite television programme?

University Challenge

Favourite expression?

If you have the name of rising early you can lay to dinner time

Favourite food/drink?

Grilled Salmon, jacket spuds and Veg - Red Wine.

Favourite method of relaxation?


Favourite holiday destination?

West Donegal

Who would you most like to meet?

Pope Francis .

What makes you happy?

My thriving Family

What makes you angry?

Injustice of any kind

What is the human quality you most admire?


What is the human quality you least admire?

Unbridled Greed .

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

Loss of my youngest sister

What is your greatest fear?

Incapacity in old age

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

Marriage to Marcella

How would you like to be remembered?

As a generous person

What is your most treasured possession?

My Family

If you won the lotto, what would you do with itt?

See my family comfortable and make as many people happy as possible with the remainder

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

Good health until the day I die.

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

He stumbled but never fell.