By The Sea And The Mountains: Aoife Duffin

Ireland - Castlegregory, Co. Kerry

Which living person do you most admire?

Katie Taylor.

What is your current state of mind?

Before I had food my state of mind was melancholy and confused. Feeling more hopeful now. If I have a nap I’ll feel even better.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Overused phrases are probably Fuck and Intense.

When and where were you happiest?

When and where was I happiest?! Sheesh! I was very happy recently when my boyfriend came to visit me at home in Kerry from England. We hadn’t seen each other in two months (which is about half the length of the time we’ve been seeing each other lols).

Where would you most like to live?

I’d love to live by the sea and the mountains, which I guess is where I live now in Kerry but I’m open to other beautiful places that are in nature.

What do you most value in your friends?

Most value in my friends? Kindness I guess. But erm..good intellectual conversation is a winner too. Depth. Depth sounds better than intellect.

What is your most treasured possession?

If I’m thinking of a physical tangible object for a treasured possession I would probably say..my two eye masks! I wear two! Eye masks mean I can sleep. Sleep means everything.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Heroes in real life? Like people I know? Can I say Katie Taylor again? I don’t know her.

My parents are my heroes that I know of. They are tough, resilient, ever loving, life loving, kind and generous to the end, and they’re really good craic too.

What is your most marked characteristic?

My most marked characteristic?! Well now I couldn’t possibly say but maybe that I am able to look like a 12 year old innocent little girl and an evil 100 year old witch in the space of a short second in a photo. Does that sentence make sense? I’m making up my own rules here.

What is your motto?

My motto??!! Oh god. Erm. I’m stealing my motto from Rumi:

“Your task is not to seek for love, but to break down all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

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