Country star Cliona Hagan has shared her hopes for this Christmas and her favourite festive memories from her childhood.
Opening up about her plans for this festive season, she told RSVP Magazine: “Just like anybody, I want to stay home with my family and watch Christmas movies and play board games. I’m really excited about it.
“I just hope it will be a nice Christmas and everyone will be safe! My parents are in their 60s so the main thing would be keeping them healthy.”
Sharing her family’s Christmas traditions, she said: “Every Christmas Eve we go around to my sister’s house and play pool and darts.
“On Christmas morning, my sisters will come around and we’ll all open our presents together in the conservatory and then we have our Christmas dinner together. We always play Ludo and Monopoly and a few games of cards.”
As for her favourite festive memory from her childhood, she said it’s the amazing parties that her late granny used to throw.
“Every Christmas Eve when I was growing up, my granny (God rest her soul) always had a massive party,” the Tyrone singer said.
“So we always went round to her house and all my cousins and aunts and uncles would come too. I remember when I was nine years of age my sisters and I got to do a Christmas special on BBC Radio Ulster and that was a lot of fun.
” I remember when we came back in and everyone was clapping and excited that they heard us sing. We still have that on tape so that was really nice.”
Does she ever sing for her family at Christmas now?
“Eh, they are probably sick of listening to me at this stage, haha! So no, not really,” she laughed.
“They would just tell me to be quiet!”
Read the full Christmas interview with Cliona and other Irish celebs in the December issue of RSVP, on shelves now.