‘I became a slave to drink - sleeping in a cardboard box, weighing six stone’
As s a young man Tony Donovan had the same hopes and aspirations as many of us, however his addiction to alcohol took him on a journey of self-destruction which led to him living on the streets of Dublin in a cardboard box, suffering both physically and mentally.
Jackie Burke arrives for our interview carrying a classic box-style black briefcase - the type favoured by high-flying execs and seen in many James Bond and gangster movies, usually stuffed with wads of ill-gotten cash.
‘I loved getting to climb trees with Colin Farrell’
Spring has arrived, and as though a cosmic switch has been flicked on, snowdrops and daffodils are in bloom, oak and hazel buds are bursting and our hedgerows are resplendent with a beautiful palette of greens.
Northern Ireland folk are famous for making small talk and big news out of the weather: whether it’s about our inclement drizzle or slightly warmer drizzle, it’s a perennial topic of light conversation which keeps us endlessly amused.