'Getting to Know...' Páraic Breathnach

The Gaeilgóir, co-founder of Macnas, actor, and arts and culture enthusiast, is now starring in Ros na Rún

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Sailing in a warm breeze.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

King Canute…he put on great outdoor shows.

Which living person do you most admire?

Liam Cullinan, the man with the three wheeled bike.

Which is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


What is your greatest extravagance?

My battered old car.

What is your favourite journey?

The north road from Galway to Carna.

On what occasion do you lie?

I am very straight, but I do obscure the truth at times to move on.

Which living person do you most despise?

Can’t bring myself to waste time on thinking about the countless villains in the world.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My family.

When and where were you happiest?

New Year’s Day 1988, went swimming in the Pacific and nearly drowned in a riptide. I survived to have the best Burrito and Beer ever!

Which talent would you most like to have?

A singing voice.

What is your current state of mind?

Optimistic, excited, fearful, anxious as always.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

To be still working as an actor.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?

Polar Bear…always cold.

What is your most treasured possession?

My passport.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Lack of shelter and warmth.

What is your favourite occupation?

Designing the house that I will never build.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Beart dá réir a bhriathar/His word.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?


Who are your favourite writers?

Rob Brady, Bernadine Evaristo.

What is your motto?

Ní mhaireann tada ach seal/Nothing lasts forever

Paraic Breathnach, Gaeilgóir, co-founder of Macnas, actor, and arts and culture enthusiast, plays property developer Sonny Derrane, in TG4’s Ros na Rún, sponsored by XL Ireland, and broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8.30pm on TG4 with an omnibus on Sunday evening at 7.30pm.


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