Maggie Taylor.
Maggie Taylor.

This week’s Friday’s Child is Foyle Hospice day chef Maggie Taylor. Maggie is originally from Barry Street, Strand Road but now lives in Aranmore Park. Maggie has been involved with the Hospice for 30 years but worked as the Day Hospice chef for over ten years providing fresh healthy meals for all patients. Formerly a cookery tutor at the North West Institute. She is encouraging women in the North West to sign up for the female walk on June 7.

How would you describe yourself?

Maggie as a young girl.

Maggie as a young girl.

Fun-loving, caring mum and grandma.

Happiest childhood memory?

Stealing fruit and vegetables from the allotment which is now Frank Longs’ car park!

What was your first job?

As a student I worked in the Pop Shop, a music shop which was on Custom Street.

Favourite book?

I am an avid reader. Dickens or Hardy would be the favourite. At the moment I am enjoying Herman Hess – Siddartha and loved Owen Jones, The Establishment and How They Get Away With It.

Favourite film?

Too many to narrow it down to one but Gladiator and Blue Jasmine spring to mind.

Favourite television programme?

Game of Thrones and Mad Men at the moment.

Favourite expression?

Two – Live and Let Live or Whatever floats your boat!

Favourite method of relaxation?


Favourite holiday destination?

Anywhere on this beautiful island of Ireland. 5 minutes drive and you can be somewhere idyllic.

Who would you most like to meet?

Dalai Lama.

What makes you happy?

Family, friends and a good joke!

What human quality do you most admire?

Humility and honesty.

What human quality do you least admire?

Arrogance and egotistical people.

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

Walking down Strand Road with my skirt tucked into my knickers years ago.

What is your greatest fear?

Walking down Strand Road with my knickers tucked into my skirt now – the knickers are considerable larger these days!! On a serious note – anything terrible happening to my children and family.

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

Birth of my children and my grandson Alex.

How would you like to be remembered?

Lived in the moment.

What is your most treasured possession?

Contentment and peace of mind – I am not a materialistic person.

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

Ensure my children and family were secure, then, of course, give something to Foyle Hospice!

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

Good health. Your health truly is your wealth!

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

Fell Asleep. Date. “Didn’t she make good stuffing…”

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