This week’s Friday’s Child is local woman Linda Kelly. Linda is project co-ordinator with Derry based charity HURT, a job she says she loves. A mature student, Linda is passionate about helping people in the North West struggling with addiction. You can contact HURT by ringing 71369696 or hurtni.org.uk/
How would you describe yourself?
Hardworking, loyal and positive with a mischievous side that doesn’t get out often enough.
Happiest childhood memory?
Spending our holidays in the Downings with all our Doherty cousins, and anybody else who landed down. The year we spent a month in Creeslough the entire family circle in the one big farm house - great times.
What was your first job?
DYCW - there were very few jobs about in the early 80s. My first real job was in Peter England shirt factory.
The Alchemist by Paul Coelho, it’s a beautiful read about following your dreams. The last book I bought was The Art of Integrative Counselling by Gerald Corey.
Schindler’s List - cry at it every time or Titanic because I love Leonardo’s wee face and anything with vampires.
Favourite television programme?
I love TV from the Great British Bake Off to period dramas like Poldark. I love all building and room make over programmes. I will watch anything as long as I don’t have to think too much about it.
Hello, what’s the craic? I say it all the time.
Favourite method of relaxation?
I love walking with my husband out the lines, we have tramped that path for over 30 years and the view is always as beautiful.
Favourite holiday destination?
Anywhere in Donegal, I love the idea of hot sunny climates but I am too carbit in the heat.
Who would you most like to meet?
Oprah Winfrey, she is in a league of her own.
What makes you angry?
Politicians who act like school children - and then have the cheek to treat the electorate as if they are blind, deaf and dumb.
What makes you happy?
My two grandsons Caomhan and Odhran and my granddaughter Alex Grace, spending time in the great company of my dear close friends.
What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?
I remember falling in Shipquay Street crossing the road on a saturday afternoon, stopping traffic both ways and the Ulsterbus man lying over the steering wheel laughing.
What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?
Losing me mammy to cancer, she was only 51 and it had an awful impact on all of us.
What is your greatest fear?
Dogs - I hate it when people say - you’re OK, he won’t bite - how do they know that?
What has been the high point of your life to date?
Being married to an absolute gentleman/rediscovering education and attaining my degree, working in HURT and passing my basic training certificate for my motorbike.
How would you like to be remembered?
Someone who worked hard and wouldn’t do you a bad turn.
What is your most treasured possession?
Without a doubt my family and good friends.
If you won the lotto what would you do with it?
The list is endless, and the family is big and the friends are tight.
If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?
For my mother to meet all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she would have enjoyed them all, they are an amazing bunch
If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?
Time to go, see ya’ll later.
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