Hazel McWall (50) - aka Sapphire - is Northern Ireland's leading psychic medium. She lives in Forkhill with her three children David (20), Angelina (19) and Ryan (14) and will be giving a live show at Crumlin Road Gaol at the end of June.
Q: Do you take regular exercise and if so, what?
A: I used to love exercise and walked loads and went to Curves (circuit fitness classes) every day, but I had a really bad car accident just over a year ago. I had to be cut out of my Jeep by firefighters, broke my back and had to wear a neck brace. My fitness regime has obviously been curtailed, but I do go out for a walk and I was learning how to swim before the pandemic. Swimming will help to strengthen my muscles, and it's good for my mental health too.
Q:What is the worst illness you've had?
A: From when I was around five years old until 12, I had really bad epilepsy and was hospitalised at least once a year. My mum and dad wrapped me in cotton wool - I wasn't allowed to do anything like riding a bike, swimming, running or going on a bouncy castle. It was a pretty frightening time of my life and I missed so much school and the chance to bond with friends, as well as the obvious fun that every child should enjoy.
Q:How healthy is your diet?
A: Now it's very healthy. I used to be overweight and weighed 18 stone until I was about 17 years old. My mum encouraged me to join the local Unislim class in Newry and together with regular exercise, I lost eight stone within a year.
The main thing is that I've kept the weight off. I would usually have porridge for breakfast, a chicken salad for lunch and for dinner I just eat the same meal that I make the rest of the family - potatoes, vegetables and steak or chicken. I just eat smaller portions. I never eat processed foods - everything is fresh and I don't care for takeaways at all. If I go out for a meal I'd choose a stir-fry, chicken or fish. I don't like spicy food, nor do I eat after 8pm. As you get older, it's harder to digest your food, so eating late is a no-no.
Q:Any bad habits?
A: I probably drink too much coffee and I do love ice lollies and ice cream. Timothy's Ice Cream Parlour in Newry has the best I've ever tasted and people travel from all over Ireland to taste it. I'm definitely one of their best customers!
Q: Do you drink and smoke/ if so how much?
A: I've never smoked and I would take the odd drink - at the very most, one or two West Coast Coolers if I were out or if it was a special occasion. My family owned a pub when I was growing up and, to be honest, none of my four sisters care for a drink either. I think we were put off it from a very young age.
Q: Do you take any supplements?
A: Yes, I take vitamin C and vitamin D. I had to get a bone graft done a few years ago and the doctors told me that these supplements help heal bones.
Q: How do you take time out?
A: I love travelling and I've been so lucky that my work has taken me all over the world, from South America, Thailand, Spain and Portugal to Turkey and Bulgaria. I always make sure that after my work commitments I take a few days off to relax and immerse myself in the culture. I adore the Apollonia Apartments in Bulgaria. These apartments are over 100 years old and are out of this world.
Q: How well do you sleep?
A: Most of the time I sleep well, but I do get a lot of visions in my sleep, which wake me up. But, I suppose that's part of my job.
Q: Do you worry about getting old?
A:No! I've got Martina Collins in Belfast to help turn back the hands of time, with a little Botox and other magic treatments!
Q: Your go-to product that keeps you feeling healthy?
A: I swear by Japanese creams that you can buy quite reasonably in Superdrug - Anti-Aging Hada Labo Tokyo skincare. It totally rejuvenates your skin.
For tickets for Hazel McWall's show at Crumlin Road Gaol on Saturday, June 26, 2021 go to www.crumlinroadgaol.com. For phone readings tel: 07766024616 or 028 3088 6690