Hi, my name is Killoran – yes, I know it is a bit of a mouthful, but don’t blame me, blame my parents! It is also the name of a town in Ireland and Scotland, however I am a Brummie born and bred and proud of it. Apparently, my parents named me after a boat – I just hope it wasn’t some tugboat on the Thames but rather a majestic sailing ship in full rig.
A mature student on the FdA Professional Chef course, I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen, but I love the great outdoors too and like nothing better than going for a hike in the Peak District. I have undertaken several long distance walks – the South West Coastal Path, Great Highland Way and the Coast to Coast, but the hardest walk was undoubtedly the Moon Walk marathon, even if it was just for 9 hours. My body believes it should be asleep at 3am in the morning, not pounding the streets of London. However, I am beginning to get itchy feet again and can feel the Camino calling…
While I am a city girl, I have lived in the country for longer than I care to mention, with sheep and cows for neighbours. I also have four dogs, some hens (when the fox hasn’t had them), two daughters, two granddaughters and a husband. And we have just finished building a house, which was a real experience (especially living in a caravan for two years) but it has given me the chance to indulge my passion for interior design.
I am something of a sports fan and also enjoy going to art exhibitions and historic places and houses. I belong to a racing syndicate and like nothing better than a day at the races. As the saying goes, put yourself in the best company and your horses in the worst. Well at University College Birmingham, I feel I am certainly in the best company.