Christmas Wishlist

Deirdre
McQuillan

Renowned fashion editor of the Irish Times and published author, Deirdre McQuillan, is regarded as one of the most influential figures in the Irish creative industry. Widely acclaimed for supporting Irish designers, in particular young talent, Deirdre highlights makers across all mediums in the Irish Times Magazine on a weekly basis. Her passion, knowledge and expertise are unparalleled.

“What I love most about Christmas Eve are the Christmas carols in St. Patrick’s Cathedral whenever we have been lucky to get tickets.”

A gift you received as a child that stands out in your memory?

A wooden pencil box with a sliding lid when I was about six. Easily known that I always wanted to write - I still remember the pleasure of all those pencils.

Any objects you particularly associate with Christmas Eve rituals?

I suppose all the Christmas tree decorations, the wreath on the front door, the holly, ivy and pervasive smell of pine. But what I love most about Christmas Eve are the Christmas Carols in St Patrick’s Cathedral whenever we have been lucky to get tickets.

Did your family pass on any Christmas traditions to you?

I have never missed a Christmas with my family with all the associated festivities and my two sons will carry on that tradition set by my parents and theirs before them.

What are the most valued items in your home, and why?

The family photographs which are irreplaceable – captured moments that revive happy memories.

“My first gift was a wooden pencil box with a sliding lid when I was about six. Easily known that I always wanted to write – I still remember the pleasure of all those pencils.”

Selected by Deirdre

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