People of the Harbour
In this new section, we get to know a little more about the people living in our Harbour towns. This week we meet Gavin Long from Crosshaven.
What book has impacted you the most? The God Delusionby Richard Dawkins. I remember a section of the book where he talked about dying and a person's last few moments, and I just remember putting the book down and thinking 'God, I wonder what it will be like to experience the last few moments of life'. It was such a profound moment that has stayed with me as it has made me a little less worried about death. Not that I'm in any rush to experience it anytime soon!
Favourite thing to do in Cork? Hopping in a car and heading down to Youghal for the day, or heading down to any of the towns or beaches in West Cork. Cork has such fantastic coastal scenery and some great walks, it just can't be beat. Sorry North Cork!
What TV shows are you watching at the moment? I just finished up watching the latest season of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. It had a rocky start but managed to save itself in the final few episodes. I binged the final episodes of Bojack Horseman the day they were released. It's a fantastic show that I can't recommend enough to people. I'm hoping to start watching Sky's Catherine the Great and the The New Pope soon. The latest season of Doctor Who is probably the only show that I watch once a week as it's released. Honestly, I feel like we are spoilt for choice when it comes to TV shows. It can be hard to keep up!
What three items would you bring with you to a Desert Island? The practical side of me is thinking a knife as first item so I can ensure I'm going to survive on this island. Second, I'd take my dog Paco as he'd be good company and would help keep the madness at bay. My third item would have to be a Kindle as it would give me the chance to finally clear a lot of my reading back-log.
What takes up too much of your time? Planning for scenarios that are never going to happen.
What's the best way to start the day? Breakfast. If I don't start my day with breakfast, then I'm not a good person to be around!
Who has impressed you most with their achievements, and why? John Hume and the work he put into the peace process in Northern Ireland has always impressed me. While there were many people to thank for achieving peace, I think John Hume's work in particular showed what can be achieved through peaceful political means.
When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with? It really could be about anything. Everyone goes through the same stuff, from relationships to work, so it's really good to have a network or even just one person to talk to about these things. The main thing is that people talk, it's never good to keep things bottled up.
If you had the power to change one thing in this country, what would it be? I'd love to remove the stigma around mental health and have people be more comfortable talking about mental health issues, like they would with a cold or broken leg. I think so many people would benefit from this simple act.
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for? Leaving things to the last minute and then panicking to get it done in time. I managed to survive college like that, so I'd think I'd be in with a shot at a medal!
What is one of your favourite smells? Freshly washed and dried bed sheets. Nothing beats the feeling or smell of getting into bed with fresh sheets.
What was your biggest achievement in 2019? Getting promoted at work and getting to represent Ireland at meetings in the EU. As someone who studied politics and the EU for so long, it was quite the dream come through. Though sadly, there was no miniature flag to sit behind at the meetings, only a printed out copy of the flag.
What is your biggest hope for 2020? That we have another heatwave summer like we did in 2018. Ireland is a much happier place when we have a long spell of good weather.