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A DAY IN MY LIF E Richie Hayes Entertainer

years ago and he’s the baby in our family. As Erica and I work together every day, it can get a bit manic at home. It’s not like you can leave your problems or work issues at the door when you come home, but we constantly make an effort to keep work and home life separate. Saying that, we met at work, so we know no different.

Morning... In the mornings, I usually catch up on my emails, do a bit on Facebook and Twitter and watch a bit of telly. We like to catch up on the programmes we missed the night before on the Sky +.

I’m a bit of an awkward man when it comes to breakfast. Some days I just don’t bother, but when I do eat, I like a big bowl of Cheerios and a four egg white omelette.

Afternoon... By noon, we are in the car heading for Waterford to work at our stage school in the Six Cross Roads Business Park. My wife Erica works there with me and we spend the early afternoon getting ready for classes, preparing the music and planning the day. Classes start at 3.30pm and run until 8.30pm or 9pm, fi ve days a week.

Evening... We work until 9pm, so to be honest we don’t get to do much else after that!

Home life... We have a gorgeous dog, a cocker spaniel called Cooper. We got him fi ve

Hobbies... Cycling, scuba diving and jet skiing. I like to scuba dive abroad, but I jet ski all year round, there is nothing better than to head to Tramore and hit the water. Once you wear a winter wet suit and wrap up, you’re fi ne.

Education... A De La Salle boy, I went to Stephen Street and De La Salle College in Newtown. I guess that was where the encouragement came to go on stage. One of the fi rst shows I did was in the WIT. The South East junior choir picked two or three people from the south east and we did a concert highlighting the rainforest and green issues in the Theatre Royal. Then I went into panto with Denny Corcoran and that same year I did my fi rst show with De La Salle College, Fiddler on the Roof. You usually had to be in at least third year, but I was in fi rst and went on to do The Boyfriend in fi fth year and then went back as an adult to do How to Succeed in Business.

Professional interests... Thankfully I have a lot of work on at the moment. I’m currently performing in the All- Star Wars in the Cork Opera house, which was written and directed by Waterford man Bryan Flynn. It’s also going on tour and we’ll be performing the show in Waterford in October. Then I’m back in the Gaiety for the Christmas Panto, Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates of the Caribbean.

That’s from November until February. And of course in the middle of all that, we have our own Richie Hayes Stage School show coming up, called the Big Top Extravaganza which will run from Tuesday, May 17th to Sunday, 22nd. There will be shows nightly at 7.30pm and a special matinee performance on Sunday at 2.30pm.

We’re really looking forward to it and we have over 300 children taking part over the six nights. We are the fi rst stage school in the South East to do this and are delighted Fossett’s Circus are giving us their big top with a 30 metre stage. It’s on at the Mount Sion GAA Club and will be a whole new experience for Waterford audiences. It’s a variety show that will showcase the talent in the school and the work the kids have done throughout the year. Tickets are available from the school, and it is open to the public. I will be hosting the night myself and we have special performances from Erica, Megan Cassidy and Liam Butler.

Aspirations... To continue to expand the school is the main one. I’d also love to be a TV presenter, so who knows. I’m in pre- production with a team to bring my show back on the road in America. It’s like what I did with the Jurys Irish cabaret, so that’s something to look forward to.

Words of wisdom... Always have a target that you are heading for and if and when you hit it, pick another one straight away.

The day you go to bed and haven’t learned something new is a waste of a day.

David Coleman speaks to parents

David Coleman, clinical psychologist, broadcaster and author will speak at the Tower Hotel on Thursday, May 19th, where he will speak to parents on ‘Building your child’s self esteem’.

David has become well known in Ireland as the presenter of the hit RTE television series ‘Families in Trouble’ and more recently ‘Teens in the Wild’. David also presents ‘21st Century Child’,


a landmark venture for RTE which follows 12 Irish families for six years from the birth of their babies.

Tickets are on sale from Ardkeen Quality Food Store, Shaws Waterford, the Tower Hotel and Christ Church National School (benefi ciaries from

the proceeds of the event) and are just 8 €10 and €8 to Mr. Binman customers.

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