Mullan over a West Cork retreat

By Staff Reporter

Caroline Mullan is the manager of the Mullan Gallery on the Lisburn Road, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last summer. Together with husband Robin the couple have been collecting art treasures for 27 years, their expanding hoard prompting them to turn their passion into a business. The gallery works in partnership with local artists keen to get their work promoted and offers a range of exhibitions throughout the year.

I was born in East Belfast

I grew up in – well probably Leicester where I went to university. I certainly did some growing up there

I now live just off the Malone Road

I was educated at Belmont Primary School, Dundonald Primary School and Dundonald Girls High

My earliest memory is playing cricket with my three brothers In our back garden.

When I was a child I wanted to be…a typewriter but the teacher corrected me and told me I meant I wanted to be a secretary

I actually became a Speech and Language Therapist until I started working in the gallery

Worst job I’ve ever had – working in a restaurant when I was 16 .

Best job I’ve ever had – my current job

The bravest thing I’ve ever done – leaving a job which I loved and with a regular pay cheque to run Mullan gallery on the Lisburn Road

The stupidest thing I’ve ever done – starting to smoke when I was 26 years of age.

The biggest thing I’ve yet to do – stop smoking.

The most important thing in the world is my family near and far.

I’m very bad at baking. This was a great disappointment to my daughter as she was growing up as everyone else’s mums seemed to be Nigella Lawson.

I’m very good at communication. Although I run the gallery my speech therapy and management training is fundamental to most things I do.

I’m most proud of my children Gavin and Niamh. They are both at art college now

My best friend would say – I should stop smoking

I like to relax by – well in the winter a good DVD, bottle of wine and nice meal is hard to beat. In the summer it would be by going for walks near the sea.

My favourite saying is ”Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon

The last book I read was ’Beauty for Ashes: The Miracle of Melanie Grimsley’ by Ivan Little, my brother’s new book

My favourite movie is ‘Some like it Hot’

The actor that would play me in a movie of my life would be Helen Mirren. Someone came up to me in New York and asked if I was her. She’s also a brilliant actor

The song that makes me dance is Meatloaf’s ‘Bat out of Hell’

The song I would have played at my funeral would be ’Brown Eyed Girl’ by Van Morrison

The best place I’ve ever been is West Cork.

The place I have to visit before I die is Australia as I have so many good friends there

The last person I talked to on the phone was my husband Robin

The last text message I received was from O2 yet again!

If I was a politician I would do away with university fees. It’s criminal

If I won the lottery I would buy a house in West Cork overlooking the sea

If I could describe myself in five words they would be tall, blonde, slim (ish) with brown eyes

If I could invite five people (living or dead) to a dinner party they would be George Clooney would do it would have to be a cosy twosome

If I could change one thing about South Belfast it would be to lower commercial rates to small independent businesses

My favourite thing about South Belfast is the mix of people

 

 

 

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