Nov 27

Meet the Indulgence crew : AIDAN

by in Crew Profile, Indulgence

WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME?
Aidan Henry Heffernan

WHERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
I was. My father was Henry. Aidan came from my birthday, St Aidan’s feast day was November 30th.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
In Cork. Come here boy, across the road from yourself.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
That’s a difficult one. Do you really want to know? There is a story attached to this. My mother had her 87th birthday, on Armistus day. A friend of mine died young of a brain tumour, we buried him only a few weeks before hand. His sister lives down the road from me. When I came out of my mothers house, I went into the off licence and asked for the bottle of port. It was for someone who had passed away. Went into Rose’s house, and said, “don’t think Im odd, but this is a present for Noel”. It was a present for Christmas day. I hope they didn’t think I was odd, but for me it was a special moment.

DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Nobody can read my handwriting. I went to the Model School and we used to write with an ink and well with steel tipped things. I think I write fine but a lot of people can’t understand what I write at all! It’s all over the place…. just like my brain!.

Well I like it, but not everyone else does.

DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Yes. Jill is Thailand teaching English for the last two and half years and Robert, who works with me, will be joining us along with Jill in December. They both turned out great!. I love them all and they all love sailing. We’re very good friends. I’m not a pushover, but we are very easy going together.

DO YOU USE SARCASM ALOT?
No I don’t. I’m not like that.

DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
I do.

WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
No way.

DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Yes

WOULD YOU PUT THE MILK INTO THE TEA FIRST, OR LAST?
This is an interesting question. The tea is simple. Tea in first, milk afterwards. Tea bag stays in the cup. No sugar. Coffee on the other hand is the exact opposite. Coffee first, then milk, then sugar, all mixed together then. Its a bit of a science.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their facial expression and whether they are smiling.

RED OR PINK?
You mean favourite colour? I like Pink. Bright colours and all that. Ah, you know me.

WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
My eyesight. Other than that, no problems. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was eleven.

WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
Serious? My father. He died young, only 63 or 64. It was very young to die. They used to visit us loads in Crosshaven and were always pottering around with boats.

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My mum actually. I told her I wouldn’t be talking to her for three weeks while we are on the ARC.

SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings. No interest in scary movies.

ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?
Ohhhh, Rolling Stones. The Beatles were square.

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
People tell me I do. I seem to get on well with people. I think that’s special.

WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Galapagos.

IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE WHAT WOULD YOU SAVE?
Feckin’ hell. The people. Mary, my wife.

HAVE YOU ANYTHING ELSE TO ADD?
If you really want to know, I’ve had a very good life. We weren’t very wealthy. My dad had to pay for the school fees. I seemed to have ended up with a lot, but it was very hard fought for. My mother keeps reminding me of that.

Sailing is an amazing and great way of meeting people. If I think of my immediate friends, they are all sailors. That’s special. They are all so genuine. I don’t think I’ve done anyone any harm… yet!

WHERE DID YOU MEET THE REST OF THE CREW ON THIS TRIP?
John, I meet him in the Royal Cork Yacht Club. I put an ad up looking for crew and he joined us on a sail down east. I can distinctly remember him standing there waiting on the first day, and we hit it off. He is very easy going. We sailed down to Ballycoton that day, and I knew that since he was in the army that he’d have loads of time off.

Denis, I met him on the marina in Crosshaven. He used to sail with his brother in law. He came on to the boat one day and he was interested in doing a bit of racing, and we gradually got to know him better. Now he is like my right hand man. Today he described himself as a sacrificial lamb. In fairness like….

And Joleen, well I know you, the truth is I’m not an outgoing person, and not one for drink. I know you through the sailing and maybe seeing you the odd time in Cronin’s.

Wow, I just can’t believe I’m going on this trip. It’s amazing. I am privileged, and privileged to be going with the people I am here with.

One Response to “Meet the Indulgence crew : AIDAN”

  1. From Kate Forde:

    Brilliant Blog Joleen!Keep them coming!!! Glad to hear you are all keeping well and sailing well so far!! we are all tracking ye closely on the fleet viewer, though im presuming there was some technical glitches earlier today as it said yer speed was 14.10 knots ! while im sure ye are trucking along, I dont think dulgie has 14.10 knots in her!!!
    all very cold and dark at home, counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds til we join ye in St Lucia!
    take care and keep the blogs coming, love to all
    xxxxx

    Kate

    Posted on November 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

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