Nora Grehan Varley
The Hot Seat
Published in Milltown Newsletter Easter 1994
Full Name: Nora Grehan Varley.
Favourite Food: Chicken and Potatoes.
Favourite Colour: Black.
Favourite T.V Soap: Keep up Appearances.
Favourite Chat Show: Late Late Show.
Favourite Actor/Actress: Mary McEvoy/Gabriel Byrne.
Earliest Memory: As a very young child I danced a hornpipe at the sports centre near “The Blue Pig” on the trailer of a lorry. I got first prize and won £3.
First Job: I left school early to look after my mother.
First Dance: At Connolly’s Dance Hall in Drim. We would get a “Stand up Supper” for 1 shilling. The dance hall owners reckoned if we got a “Sit down Supper” no one would dance.
Favourite Song: Streets of London.
Favourite Pastimes: Watching T.V. and attending Fine Gael Meetings.
Favourite Drink: Vodka and White.
Person you most Admire: Some good looking fellow-like Gay Byrne.
Worst moment at School: My first day at school I scraped a pen on the desk and was told of by the teacher or should I say was “Belted Hell for Leather”.
What is your greatest regret: No regrets – worked hard.
If you won the Lotto: I would take after my family and the starving children all over the world.
Motto: It’s wiser to listen than argue.
If you weren’t Nora Varley who would you like to be? Elizabeth Taylor – one should have 9 or 10 husbands.
Biggest change you have seen over the years: The majority of young married couples have their own homes. When I got married most couples moved in with their parents/inlaws and worked hard on the farms etc.
Your Favourite Quotation: Never let trouble get to one and always look on the bright side of life.