There is something about presenter and producer Sinead Kennedy that is very refreshing. Beautiful inside and out, she is one of the hardest workers I know. I caught up with her last week to see how she is getting on in lockdown and how she's been keeping busy.
"Life is good, like everyone it’s markedly different but all is well," says Sinead. "Apart from Winning Streak I work with the Documentary Unit in RTÉ so I’ve been kept busy. I’m also in the middle of working on a radio documentary and I’m learning how to use Pro Tools – that’s been interesting to say the least!"
Known for always being on the go, I wanted to know how Sinead has coped with this new pace of life.
"I’m enjoying the slower pace of life – though I did find it difficult to wrap my head around it initially. I’m usually all go-go-go and don’t know what to do with myself when life slows down, so it has been a bit of an adjustment. I’m just hoping that, after all of this is over, I’ll have figured out a better work/life balance for myself."
"I think priorities have shifted and it’s almost like we’ve pressed the reset button and now that we have time - we’re focusing on what’s really important. Once everyone you know and love is okay, that’s the main thing, that’s what matters most."
What does she miss the most and can’t wait to do when restrictions have eased?
"I can’t wait to be able to hug people; my family and my friends and just to spend time with them. I love catching up with friends over a meal and it will be lovely to be able to eat out again and support local businesses. While Zoom and Whatsapp are great it’s not the same as having a conversation in the flesh, is it?
"Luckily we [herself and her husband Conor] live close to a beach, something we appreciate now more than ever…but I’m excited about being able to drive to the bigger beaches nearby for a proper stroll and attempt to surf!"
"I’m looking forward to being back in the office," she adds. "I really miss the social aspect of work. I love the chats queueing for coffee and lunchtime catch-ups with the girls. Of course, it goes without saying that I’m excited about getting back on air with Marty and giving away loads of cash too!"
We’re all missing our families and extended families and Sinead, who is very close to hers, is no different. She revealed that her last night out before the restrictions came into place was with them.
"My last night out was in my uncles local in Tipperary with my extended family," she says. "That’s the last time I was in a pub anyway. I haven’t been in Tipp since and I’m looking forward to visiting my granny and spending time with my cousins. We’re long overdue a game of 30 seconds!"
The broadcaster's Instagram page is a fabulous mix of affordable gorgeous style and she’s also very passionate about supporting charities and small businesses.
"Irish people are renowned for their generosity when supporting charities, even more so in the last couple of months. There has also been a real emphasis on shopping local and supporting local business which is something I hope continues on the other side of all of this. We must support one another."
Does she think much has changed or what might be different when the restrictions are lifted?
"I think a lot will change. I can’t see things going back to how they were, we’ll just have to get used to living in our new normal. I’m sure we’ll have to be a lot more conscious of personal space for a start.
"From what people are saying to me, I think many people will be fearful of the virus even long after the restrictions have been lifted. Maybe companies will be more flexible now that there’s a realisation that people can work from home and be just as productive.
"It’s hard to say how much things may change but I hope we will come out of this stronger than before and with a renewed sense of what really matters."
- Written by Sinead Harrington
Watch Sinead's award-winning documentary Laura Brennan: This is Me on the RTÉ Player.