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Monday 18 December 2017

Body and soul: Musician Emmaline Duffy

Emmaline (34) is a musician and dog-trainer. She plays drums and sings vocals with Preachers Son and started her music career with Engine Alley when she was 15 years old.

My parents were . . . good at giving me a strong work ethic. My mum is a dress designer and they ran a business together.

The house I grew up in . . . was the house I was born in, in Clondalkin. The doctor had to get a police escort to come and deliver me. The Eurovision Song Contest was on TV at the time so I was born to Abba's Waterloo.

When I was a child I wanted to be . . . a vet or a musician.

If I could change one thing about myself I would . . . like to change the fact that I procrastinate too much.

You wouldn't know it but I'm no good at . . . answering these type of questions on the spot, I don't always have the right answers.

You may not know it but I'm very good at . . . dog-training, I'm like Supernanny for dogs.

At night I dream of . . . most things I've been doing that day, or what I have to do the next, so I'm planning in my sleep.

When I look in the mirror I see . . . me, but just a few years older than I want to be.

My favourite item of clothing is . . . a wonderful black dress, 40s style, that I bought in Chicago. I love the cut of it and it looks like it cost a lot.

I wish I'd never worn . . . my confirmation outfit. It was cerise pink, a trousers and jacket combination and was not very pretty.

I drive . . . a big heap of a Volvo; it's safe and practical and I love it.

My house is . . . in a one-horse town in the sticks. It's a stone cottage with a great fire.

My favourite work of art . . . would probably be The Girl With The Pearl Earring by Vermeer. But, otherwise, I have odd taste in art, I have a lot of pieces in my house but they might not be to everyone's taste.

A book that changed me . . . was Don't shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor. A wonderful book. You should read it if you're not getting on with your boss or your spouse.

My greatest regret is . . . I don't like to have regrets. If I do, I try to make amends.

My real-life villain is . . . Cesar Milan, the dog trainer. I don't like the way he works with dogs, he uses very outdated methods.

The person who really makes me laugh is . . . my dog. She has a great sense of humour and never talks back. She is a mixture between a Labrador and a Pitbull.

The last time I cried . . . was in the last six months. I don't cry very often.

My five-year plan is . . . world domination, through music and as a dog-trainer.

My life philosophy is . . . to achieve your goals, make it happen for yourself and never give up. Also, do to others what you would have done to you.

www.preachersson.com www.citizencanineireland.com Preachers Son will perform a free gig in Doyle's, College St, tomorrow at 8.30pm

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