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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland


Claire McGrath

Claire McGrathClaire McGrath, 26, from Lisburn recently returned from Ethiopia where she spent a month working for Habitat for Humanity. Claire obtained a first class degree from the University of Ulster, this year, in Business with Spanish.

What do you like doing on your day off?
Surfing, reading and chilling with friends.

If you were to choose your favourite meal what would it be, where and why?

At 'La Coruna' a restaurant in Galicia, in the north west of Spain. The seafood is delicious. I spent a lot of time there when I was studying in Spain.

What has been your proudest moment?

There are several - getting a first in my degree, winning the Spanish Embassy prize and on the last day of my trip to Ethiopia when the keys to the houses we built were handed over to the new householders.

What was the most frightening moment of your life?

Sitting in an internet caf´┐Ż in Amsterdam waiting to see my degree classification. I had no access to the internet in Ethiopia so I had to wait until I stopped off in Amsterdam on the way home.

How would you describe your taste in clothes?

I am passionate about what I wear but my style changes regularly. I like to be comfortable during the day and then dress up for an evening out.

What would you do if you won a million pounds?

Go on a trip around the world with my mum and give money to the people in the town in Ethiopia where I spent the month of June.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

I was surfing in Portugal a couple of weeks ago and had to be rescued when the leash broke on my board. It was so embarrassing being rescued in front of the professional surfers who were watching and some even recording it.

What music do you like?

I like all music but I would say 'house' music would be my favourite.

Describe your best ever holiday. What would your dream holiday be?

When I was studying in Spain I spent a month with friends travelling around the major cities in Spain and Portugal. It was unbelievable. I would like to spend a year travelling the world.

What is your greatest remaining ambition?

To complete the Camio de Santiag pilgrimage.

If you could spend a day with celebrity whom would you choose?

Nobel peace prize recipient Rigoberta Menchu. I spent a lot of time writing about her for my dissertation so would be lovely to see in person what she is like.

What three things would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?

Moisturiser, water and laptop with wireless internet connection.


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