Friday’s Child MARIE LINDSAY

Marie Lindsay
Marie Lindsay

This week’s Friday’s Child is Marie Lindsay. principal of St. Mary’s College in Derry. Hailing from Muff, Marie has been principal of the school since 2006. She is married to Collie and they have five children. Last weekend she was one of the many brave souls who went sliding down Shipquay Street to support Slide On in aid of Cancer Research UK.

How would you describe yourself?

Marie Lindsay.

Marie Lindsay.


 Happiest childhood memory?

Great memories of summers in Iskaheen including jumping off the swing when we were up among the branches and climbing Grainne’s Gap in the bare feet to see ‘the wee woman’.

What was your first job?

My first ‘real’ job was working in Paddy McKenna’s ‘Souvenirs and Fancy Goods’ Shop in Muff and I loved it!!

 Favourite book?

(Impossible to pick one as I have so many favourites) I enjoy all local authors and local books and we have lots to choose from. I often listen to Seamus Heaney’s Poetry on my iPlayer when I’m doing the ironing. (not sure that counts as a book?). I have much loved well worn copies of ‘Soundings’ from my Leaving Cert days and Patrick Kavanagh’s Collected Poems. Séamus Ó Grianna’s ‘Caisleáin Óir’ and John Banville’s ‘The Sea’ are my favourite novels today!

Favourite film?

‘The Field’ – Jim Sheridan’s adaptation of the John B Keane play and Pat O’Connor’s adaptation of the Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ both resonate deeply with me.

 Favourite television programme?

I rarely get the remote but when I do I would watch the news and current affairs all evening. 
I also love ‘Coast’ and local programmes such as ‘Lesser Spotted Ulster’ and ‘Rare Breed’.

Favourite expression?

‘I’m still learning’.

Favourite method of relaxation?

Stretched on the sofa, a cup of tea, having the craic with my husband Collie and our five children.

Favourite holiday destination?

For me the destination is not nearly as important as the company. 
Boating on the Erne with very good friends was brilliant and holidays to family abroad are always very special.

Who would you most like to meet?

Pope Francis .

What makes you angry?

Injustice in any form and the abuse of power.

What makes you happy?

Appreciating all that is good in my life.

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

So many and they are mostly unprintable but asking Lee Westwood what football team he played for is high up the list. 
I also locked myself in the Tuck Shop in St Mary’s Fanad Drive one Friday afternoon getting tuck for the Science Department only to be rescued by Dame Geraldine Keegan and Sarah Kelly….mortifying.

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

The sudden deaths of my father and my brothers, Peter and Kevin.

What is your greatest fear?

As I get older I fear less and less but I do worry that I am not doing enough to help those who depend on me

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


How would you like to be remembered?


What is your most treasured possession?

If health is a possession then it is number one. 
I also treasure a beautiful black fountain pen my father gave me the day I graduated - it was his pride and joy.

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

Unlikely, as I never do it, but I would probably share some of it with my family and donate to local charities and those charities helping the refugees.

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

Sanctuary and a better life for those refugees

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

‘Here endeth her lesson’