Martine Mulhern, Principal, t. Cecilia's College. DER3814-123KM
Martine Mulhern, Principal, t. Cecilia's College. DER3814-123KM

This week’s Friday’s Child is principal of St Cecilia’s College Martine Mulhern. Martine was born in Belfast - eldest daughter of Sheamus and Patricia Cox. She has three sisters Margaret, Patricia and Sinead and in 1969 the family moved to Derry to settle originally in Strathfoyle. At the age of five she started her education in St. Oliver Plunkett Primary School and loved it so much that she has never left school! In 1992 she married John Mulhern and is mum to John, Roisin and Aisling.

How would you describe yourself?

Proud to be a redhead!

Happiest childhood memory?

Summer holidays with all of the family in Malin.

What was your first job?

Working at the DOE office doing statistics for a road user census.

Favourite book?

Children of the Oak by Sinead Cox. 
A race is on for six teenagers and their leader to find three hidden objects! Set in the walled city of Derry~Londonderry, the Spellbinder gives the Gatekeeper and the Children of the Oak some magical help to discover these objects and reset time so that good prevails. 
But the Divider seeks to control the magic steeped in the walls that are centuries old, so that he can gain power, rule the city and spread his shadowy evil throughout the world. 
Time is on pause for the rest of the city while the frightened teens try to battle statues, cannon and each other before the Divider destroys everything in his path.

Favourite film? 

The Shawshank Redemption

Favourite television programme?

I love NCIS all the CSI’s!

Favourite expression?

‘Make Good Choices’ – the girls in St. Cecilia’s will recognise that!

Favourite method of relaxation?

I love reading and have really enjoyed the books of our local authors; Brian Mc Gilloway and Des Doherty.

Favourite holiday destination?

My mum has a house in Malin and that’s just the best place to be!

Who would you most like to meet?

I’d love to meet Pope Francis.

What makes you angry?

An education system that devalues children at the age of 11.

What makes you happy?

Witnessing the variety of talents our young people have and their generosity in sharing them with us.

What human quality do you most admire?


What human quality do you least admire?


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

I’m very clumsy so I fall - a lot! Any time, any place, anywhere. 
I’ve fallen so many times but the one time that does stay with me is on the night of my 6th year formal when I fell and to save my dress pulled it up practically over my head just as Bishop Daly was going past in his car!

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

The death of my father – Sheamus Cox.

What is your greatest fear?

Losing those I love.

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

The birth of my children – John, Roisin and Aisling.

How would you like to be remembered?

Maya Angelou said: ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ 
I hope I will be remembered in a good way for how I made people, particularly our young people, feel!

What is your most treasured possession?

My treasured possessions are my contact lenses. 
I have very poor eyesight and even my ‘thinned’ down lenses in my glasses make me look like Mr Magoo! 
That’s what my beloved sisters tell me anyway!

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

Pay off mortgages for my family, put some away for my children, donate to charity.

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

Could I have my daddy back please?

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

Life is short. Love is vast. Time is now.