In A West Cork Minute

February 9th, 2015 1:11 PM

By Southern Star Team

Tom Lyons

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Even though he needs an hour more than just a minute, our own Tom Lyons takes the challenge this week after the launch of his latest West Cork GAA book, The Quest for the Little Norah

Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 on how funny you are? I can’t remember a joke for love nor money but I love listening to them, so one out of ten.

Highlight of your sporting career? Being picked before Kevin Kehily on the Hamilton High football team and scoring 0-11 in a Corn Uí Mhuirí game with Coláiste Iosagáin. It was all downhill after that.

Most dialled number on your phone? Kieran McCarthy, Sports Editor with The Southern Star. He may be a nice Kerryman but he’s a tough task-master.

What’s your karaoke song? What’s karaoke? I sing ‘The Boys of Kilmichael’ and ‘The Bold Christy Ring’. That’s my full repertoire.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself? I had long blonde hair to my shoulders until I was about two. I think the fairies stole that child and I’m really a changeling now.

Best-ever holiday? The soccer World Cup in New York in 1994 was memorable.

If you won the lotto what would you buy first? One-way tickets home for all my family who are scattered all over the world. But I’d love to know what it’s like to drive a span-new car.

Separated at birth, who’s your celebrity twin double? Everybody thanks God there’s only one of me in existence so we’ll avoid that question.

What’s your favourite word? Go raibh maith agat, but that’s four words isn’t it?

If you could change any part of you what would it be? I wouldn’t mind being six foot three inches so that I wouldn’t always have to stand at the front of a crowd but I’d love to be a really good social singer.

Your most treasured item of clothing? It mightn’t be clothes but I couldn’t do without my umbrella, standing on so many sidelines reporting matches. I must have left umbrellas in every pitch in West Cork and got clobbered with one by a mother when refereeing an underage game one day.

Favourite cartoon? Laurel and Hardy, Laurel and Hardy, Laurel and Hardy. Brilliant! But where did Jerry Lewis disappear to?

If I was an animal then I would be a ... lovely furry kitten so that all the lovely ladies couldn’t resist stroking me!

What question would you liked to have been asked in this interview? Is it true that the first run of The Quest for the Little Norah was sold out in a week?

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