Mary Kennedy present Nationwide on RTE1 7pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday and is the author of “ What Matters. Reflections on Important Things in Life”.
Your current car – Love at first sight or just a means to get from A to B? It’s a nice car but it would be nicer if I had time to hoover it regularly and have it shining. It’s about getting from place to place and having lots of space for changes of clothes and shoes when I’m working and two dogs when I’m not.
What does it say about you? My car is a sturdy Audi saloon, it says I spend a lot of time on the road and like the security of a sturdy body. And a quiet drive. It also says I drink a lot of water when I’m driving cos there’s the odd empty plastic bottle in the back!!
What was your first car? A Red ford fiesta. I was so proud of owning, strangely my present car is red too.
Who taught you to drive? My mother. A woman of great patience and great faith. She needed both !
Do you have a favourite car gadget? My car mug. “Marbh ag an tae agus marbh gan é!”
Whom do you most admire in your profession? I’m a big fan of Oprah. I follow her on Twitter and I love her inspirational thoughts. Such a positive woman.
What was your best career decision to date? I’m delighted I trained to be a teacher. It gave me an understanding of different people’s lives. Some learn easily and others struggle. I really admire the difference teachers can make in young people’s lives. I think teaching has stood to me in broadcasting as well.
What is on your car stereo right now? Rod Stewart. I’m learning all the words for his gig in Nowlan Park in June. Can’t wait!
Dream drive in dream location? I travel all around the country with Nationwide. When the sun shines there’s no nicer place in the world to drive than in the Irish countryside. In the summer I love driving off early and seeing the sun rise. I have a lovely feeling of anticipation and excitement about the day’s shoot.
Passenger you’d most like on a long journey? Me!! I really enjoy being in the car on my own. Sometimes I don’t even turn on the radio. I savour the quiet. It’s like being in a little cocoon.
Passenger you’d least like? Marco Pierre White.
29th March, 2015