Posts Tagged: Ireland

10 March
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Ben and I love to do television marathons…

Hi everyone,

 

Hope you are all well and have had lovely weeks! When I’m not songwriting or recording with the band, I’ve been catching up on television shows I’m obsessed with.

 

I used to be a huge cinema fan, but since having Aoife I haven’t been nearly as much as I used to. However it’s meant that Ben and I have started being glued to television series. We spent so much time watching all three series of ‘The Killing’. We love to do television marathons – we once watched about 7 episodes in one day!

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I’ve also been obsessing over an Irish drama called ‘Love/Hate’ – I like to follow Irish television because it feels like being home!

 

Ben and I were a bit stuck on what to watch next, but someone recommended ‘Luther’ so we’ve got the box set – I’ve heard such good things so I’m quite excited! What do you all like to watch?

 

Ben absolutely loves ‘Game of Thrones’ so I’ve been watching it a bit, although I drift in and out a bit. There’s always so much happening that it’s easy to lose track, plus characters keep being killed off and replaced so I sometimes forget who is who! Ben’s very excited that it will be back on television soon though.

 

When it comes to films I don’t really have a favourite – there’s so many options now, I feel like we’re all a bit spoiled for choice. I miss the days when as a child, you opened the TV guide and you had to pick one of the few films that were showing. It made it so exciting to choose, but nowadays with things like Netflix you have thousands of choices! Still, it’s nice to know there’s something for whatever mood you’re in.

 

Speak soon,

 

Love from Una xxx

16 January
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Aoife has picked up an adorable Irish accent

Hi everyone

Hope you’re all well. My little girl Aoife Belle has just been chatting away to me in her new Irish accent – and it’s adorable! She picked it up while we were over in Ireland at New Year. It’s amazing how quickly young children can pick an accent up. She’s taken to calling me ‘Mammy’ rather than ‘Mummy’ now – I think she must’ve heard me saying it to my mother. She tried saying ‘Granny’ a lot while we were over there but that comes out as ‘Danny’ at the moment which is really cute.

 

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While we were in Ireland my TV show Una’s Dream Ticket was on. I got a real kick out of seeing kids live their dreams and I watched a few of them back. I was really happy with how my solo presenting went but the most satisfying part of it all was seeing the smiles on their faces when their dreams came true.

Aoife saw me on the screen a couple of times but it was difficult to tear her away from her new presents – she couldn’t be separated from her new colouring book for days! She was so spoilt this Christmas – especially by my sister who bought her a huge hamper of presents. Aoife woke up to find that Father Christmas (or Santy as we call him in Ireland) had delivered her presents at the end of her cot – she was beside herself with excitement!

Speak soon

Una xxx

18 June
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My trip down memory lane, Ireland

Hi everyone,

I can’t wait to tell you about my trip to Ireland. It was so nice going back home for a week with Aoife, and catching up with old friends who I’ve known since I was a child.

One night my friend Katherine threw a dinner party, and our task was to bring along old photographs of ourselves from when we were younger. Some of them I just couldn’t share with you all!

 

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Looking too cool for school back in the day — I’m on the right!

 

This was one of my favourites though. I think I was about 16 at the time, hanging out with my friends. We thought we looked so cool, too cool to smile. I can’t believe how we dressed, the long denim skirts and trainers. We had such a laugh going through everyone’s photographs, passing them around and thinking, “Oh God, I can’t remember that!”

We also went down with my sister and parents to a little village called Clonakilty in Cork, and Aoife absolutely loved it. We stayed in a coastal hotel which was beautiful and overlooked the sea.

 

Me and Aoife braving the windy beach

Me and Aoife braving the windy beach

 

I could tell Aoife really enjoyed it. She had all this space to run around, she loved the freedom. She also loved playing with Jackson and Bono, my parents’ dogs. She absolutely loves dogs, looking at them and woofing at them!

 

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Aoife making new friends

 

I thought it was going to be lovely and sunny but as soon as we got onto the beach it was pouring with rain and so windy. We had amazing food though. I get really excited about Irish food because a lot of stuff you can’t get here, so I tend to overindulge. I am mad about crab claws and had to take a picture!

 

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Crab claws — my favourite Irish food!

 

I do go back to Ireland quite regularly, and still call it home. I have thought about raising Aoife in Ireland if it was possible, maybe in the future but for now we’ll see. It all really depends on mine and Ben’s schedule.

Speaking of which, Ben has just got back from his rugby tour in Argentina. He’s been away for three weeks, so I can’t wait to have proper family time with him! He got a card from Aoife on Father’s Day so was happy with that and we saw him on Skype every day.

Anyway, bye for now.

Thanks for reading.

Love Una xxxx

01 May
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The Sats in Ireland and my advice for budding musicians

una-30may-3 una-30may-4 Hello lovely readers,

I want to tell you about what the Sats were up to last weekend in Ireland. After a mad dash from Scotland where I’d been for my cousin’s wedding, I flew to Dublin to join the girls where we were performing on the Irish version of The Voice.

The girl I did a duet with, Kelly, was due to have a baby any minute so it was touch and go as to whether she was going to be able to come but she made it. She was an absolutely fantastic singer and I think she’s got lots of potential. We sang Pink’s Perfect together and she came second in the end. As a group, we performed our first-ever number one single What About Us and Issues. The entire performance was live which always brings extra pressure but it comes with a special buzz too.

My parents were sat in the audience and it was brilliant to have them both there. I’m very lucky in that they’ve always supported me in everything I do. Music runs in the family. My uncle, Declan Nerney, is a well-known country singer back in Ireland. He taught me a lot and was a great source of inspiration for me when I was growing up and he still is now.

My advice to anyone wanting a career in the music industry is that you have be persistent. If you’re auditioning for TV shows like The Voice or The X Factor and you’re not getting through the rounds, it is possible to still have a successful career — I’m living proof of that. I did a couple of auditions for TV shows when I was younger and although I made it through the first few rounds, I never made it onto the live shows. It didn’t put me off though, I guess it just wasn’t my time and decided that everything happens for a reason.

It’s very important to get as much experience as you possibly can because you just never know where a little gig in a pub might lead you. When I was starting out, I took my guitar and played all over the country. I did lots of cover gigs and introduced a few of my own tracks too. I performed anywhere that would have me. They weren’t very glamorous venues, often they’d be in pubs or hotel bars. But when I auditioned for the Sats, the confidence that I’d gained from live experience really paid off.

So follow your dreams! I wish you lots of luck.

Love fruna-30may-1om Una xxuna-30may-2

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