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Saturday 20 December 2014

Body and soul: Debbie O’Donnell

My parents were . . . like chalk and cheese. My father wanted to travel the world on a motorbike during his retirement, my mother wanted to puncture the tyres.

The house I grew up in . . . is in Tivoli in Cork. My sister and her family live there now and we spent last Christmas there in the snow and ice. The house looks a bit different now the avocado bathroom suite is gone, but it still feels the same.

When I was a child I wanted to be . . . a show jumper but I might have needed to own a pony for that one.

If I could change one thing about myself I would . . . master the art of bi-location so I could spend more time with my family as well as putting all the necessary hours into the show.

You wouldn’t know it but I’m very good at . . . delegating. I can target people and get them to do lots of things for me.

You may not know it but I’m no good at . . . DIY. I have an allergy to it actually. I have a tool box filled with tools (a present, of course) but have no clue how to use them.

At night I dream of . . . a full night’s sleep — but my very energetic two-yearold son usually interrupts that in the early hours.

When I look in the mirror I see . . . someone who could do with a bit more sleep. Then I put my make-up on and I look like me again.

My favourite item of clothing is . . . shoes — I have so many pairs and they are like ornaments, spread throughout my home. I love them all.

I drive . . . pretty well actually, and I’m an expert at parallel parking. Mind you, it did take years for me to learn.

My house is . . . my sanctuary — I love nothing more than settling into the sofa after a hard day in the office.

My real-life villain is . . . I don’t really have a villain but if I had to, it would be the local clampers in Blackrock, who particularly fancy my car.

My favourite work of art is . . . a beautiful pair of shoes with red soles. I also am a big fan of Graham Knuttel’s work.

The person who really makes me laugh is . . . my son, Marcus. For such a young child he has a very wicked sense of humour.

If I could be anything else, I would . . . be better at saving. I’m much more sensible now than I was, but I really should have started a bit sooner.

The last time I cried . . . I ruined my make-up so I won’t be doing it again in a hurry!

My five-year plan is . . . something I’ve heard about but I’m more an ‘in the moment’ person and I don’t really plan the future in such a structured way.

My life philosophy is . . . live and let live — there is a great need for more tolerance in the world, on many levels.

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