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MOTHERS DAY SPECIAL: Lisa and Sally McHugh

 

Sally on Lisa

When Lisa was about three, she picked up an illness from one of the farm animals and nearly died. We didn’t realise what was going on when she was sick and the doctors were constantly on call. The calves on the farm had a lethal germ and Lisa contracted it, all of the calves ended up dying and it is a memory that we will never forget. Since then, we have always shared a very close bond.

Lisa was our fourth child, and there are five years between her and her older brother. The big gap between Lisa and her brother, Christopher, meant that I could spend a lot of time with Lisa because the others were at school.

We are all very proud of her and she has great determination; she seems to thrive in the world of entertainment. She became Scottish champion in Irish dancing when she was 10 and it didn’t faze her in any manner.
She has always been very creative and into music and I have always been there with her; she has taken me all over the world with singing and dancing.

Starting off in the world of country music was a big step and I was nervous for her because I didn’t know how she would handle the pressure. But she has taken everything in her stride and that is the way she has always been.
I have always known Daniel O’Donnell and Lisa used to always come along to his concerts and festivals in Dungloe. Country music was nothing new to her because she grew up in the industry and she was introduced to Daniel and stars like Philomena Begley from a very young age.

We are over and back to Ireland every month so there is always constant contact between us. It doesn’t feel like she has actually left home because we see her so often.

Lisa on Sally

I never used to eat my dinner when I was a child, I had to sit at the table for hours after everybody else had finished and my mother wouldn’t let me leave the table until I ate it all. To save myself the hassle, you think that I would have just learned to eat it so I could go and play with everybody else.

Coming home from school as a teenager, my mom kept begging me to tidy my room for weeks on end. I was very stubborn (and still am), so in the end she had enough and she emptied everything onto my bed. I was left no choice other than tidying everything and putting it all away neatly!

I was very sick when I was three and I recall being able to paint a picture for my mother and it was the first day in three or four weeks that I was able to sit up and interact properly. My parents were so delighted with me so they took a picture – and we still have it at home. Apparently, it was very touch and go at the time – but here I am!

My mother has been a huge support to me throughout my whole life. Everything that I have done, I have been able to approach her – and not many people can say that. I see my mum as a friend and somebody who has been through life. She has similar experience to me, she never judges me and she never forces me to do anything that I don’t want to do.

I have learned so much from her: how to cook, clean and have manners. Everything I do, I have picked up from my mother and the rest of my family. If I didn’t have her, I don’t know what type of life I would be leading today.

We fight all of the time, but it is never over anything serious. Every mother and daughter disagrees on certain things. If I go ahead and make a decision, sometimes it turns out that they were right all along, but that is part of growing up.

My mum has a sixth sense when it comes to relationships, before I even talk to her about boys she already has it sussed out. She will phone my sister to see if there is anything going on, or if there is something I need to tell her. I am the baby of the family so I am definitely spoiled and as much as I am a grown adult, I am still her little girl.

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