Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

All the best: Siobhan McGarry

Journalist Siobhan McGarry.

The 48-year-old presenter of the Daytime show on Downtown Radio lives in Belfast. She has three children, Ruairi (27) and Eolann (24) from her first marriage and Mainie Mulholland (11) from a second relationship.

MY BEST MOMENT

Getting my first proper job in broadcasting in 2000. It was as Ireland correspondent on GMTV for ITN and I thought I didn't have a hope, so I just went in and enjoyed the interview. I even got to sit in Sir Trevor McDonald's chair. I nearly died when they offered me the job. I loved doing that job and I was there until 2004.

MY BEST WAY TO RELAX

I love to chill out with my friends and family and if a glass of wine finds its way in there too, that's great. I never seem to have the time often enough to really relax.

MY BEST BUY

My convertible Mini. I got it in 2005 and it's still going strong. I named it the Min Bin although at Downtown it gets called The Skip as I'm not very tidy.

MY BEST SONG

I'm going to have to choose something by Garth Brooks.

His last tour here 17 years ago was the first concert I took my two boys to. We're all going down to Dublin for the next one but they're going on their own -- not with me! I'm going to choose If Tomorrow Never Comes.

MY BEST JOB

I'm doing it right now. I love broadcasting and this is my first stint on radio. It's a very intimate medium and someone said to me that it was a privilege to be invited into people's cars, kitchens and even bathrooms.

You need to remember that if you don't measure up you'll be asked to leave quietly!

MY BEST ADVICE

It was something my dad said to me: "Never think you're better than anyone and never think you're any worse". I remember once I was at a dance with my parents and a guy came over to ask me to dance. I refused because I was embarrassed that it was in front of my parents. However my dad made me go back and ask him to dance.

MY BEST GIFT

It's not a thing. When I started in broadcasting I was a single parent of two boys and started work at 4am. Without my parents, mum Bridie and dad Frank, stepping in to help there's no way I would have been able to juggle everything. They gave me my career.

MY BEST ACHIEVEMENT

Aside from the children, obviously, one of my highlights was completing the Medoc Marathon in France.

It goes through lots of vineyards and you have a nip of wine from one of the vineyards every two kilometres or so.

I wanted to run a really memorable marathon and that was the one.

MY BEST MOVIE

It is the Anchorman series which is based on the television industry.

Having worked in the industry there is someone in every scene that I can identify with. It's hilarious.

MY BEST BOOK

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

It has everything in it from betrayal and family to love and sacrifice. It's one of those books I just couldn't put down.

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