Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 28 March 2015

Monday all the best... with Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kinahan

We ask local personalities what are their most favourite things

Danny Kinahan MLA pictured along with his wife at their home Castle Upton in Templepatrick. Picture by Matt Mackey/
Danny Kinahan MLA pictured along with his wife at their home Castle Upton in Templepatrick. Picture by Matt Mackey/

The 55-year-old Ulster Unionist MLA lives in Templepatrick with his wife Anna and their four children: Eliza (20), Tara (19), Hugo (17) and Mia (15)


Getting married to Anna 21 years ago. We met on holiday in Zimbabwe. I was a very last minute member of the group who went there as someone else had dropped out. My dad had just had a stroke so I wasn't going to go, but my sister and brother told me they had everything under control.


I spent 18 years working for the auction house Christie's. I was essentially their man in Ireland dealing with everything from silver to paintings to antique furniture and sending the items over to them if I thought they were of sufficient value. I still watch the Antiques Roadshow to put my knowledge to the test.


My mother would always give me nuggets of advice. She was a great one for telling me to keep my head up and have a go, although from her it came out as, ‘There's no such word as can't'.


I love doing a crossword — the Daily Telegraph's cryptic crossword in particular. I only manage to finish it about 10 times a year though, but it's hugely satisfactory when I do. I get my interest in crosswords from my mother who loved doing them too. My son jokes that when I die they're going to bury me with one.


I love music and have it on everywhere so the song changes all the time. I love David Bowie but I'm going to choose a favourite album, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon and the track The Greatest Gig In The Sky.


It was when I was very small and I must have got it for Christmas.

It was called the Battle Wagon and it was a plastic ship that actually fired torpedoes and I always kept firing them at my sisters.


Getting elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly. It's great being selected by your own people but when you're elected by members of the public there's a real sense of achievement. My favourite part is the occasional phone call you get from people thanking you for helping sort out their problem.


A painting of the north coast — Whitepark Bay — by the artist Anna Kostenko. She has captured the brilliant blue of the sea that you only get when the weather conditions are just perfect.


As Good As It Gets, which starred Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt. I just love the characters, especially Nicholson’s grumpy old man who slowly starts realising the world isn't so bad after all. My children tell me that's me.


For a long time it use to be Cold Mountain — which was set during the American Civil War — but I have moved on to The Kite Runner, a novel which traces the relationship between two men as the turbulent history of modern Afghanistan unfolds.

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