The moment I met Chris in 2017, we were fast-friends. In October 2019, I had a chance to turn the tables on Chris, putting him in the hot seat for once. After a fab day of touring the Latin quarter in Galway, Chris, who was born and raised in the city, took me to his favorite restaurant where I turned on my recorder and let the questions fly.
Earlier in the day, Chris and I had made an impromptu stop at the Cathedral in Galway. My grandmother was Irish-Catholic and I always light a candle for her wherever I travel. Chris is one of those special people in that, his sense of family and compassion runs deep--deeper than the cold waters in Galway Bay (behind us in the photo insert). Many of my readers know I'm a long-term cancer survivor--Chris and I connected on that level as well. Part of what makes Chris such a sensitive interviewer on air is his experience with his mum's illness. Losing her to cancer in his early 20's hit Chris hard. He now cares for his dad, who still lives in the same house where Chris and his older brother grew up. Speaking of Chris and his brother, the two created a spooky "Halloween mobile" in October 2019 for local trick-or-treaters--just one of the many community-minded kindnesses Chris performs on a regular basis. It landed him in the local paper, too.
Chris's other charity work focuses on hospice; he and his family benefited from their services during his mum's illness and every year, Chris raises both money and awareness for the cause in memory of his mother. I'm a mother, too, and can honestly say how PROUD I would be to have someone like Chris Sherlock as my son. Anyone who finds themselves lucky enough to be one of Chris's family or friends is in store for unsurpassed kinship, and absolute hours upon hours of laughter!
No one makes me laugh as hard or as often as Chris Sherlock. I hope to get him on stage at a Boston comedy club in the next year or so. We quite literally laughed our way through Galway (and, yes, we ate our way through the city as well). Quite an affable tour guide and companion, Chris Sherlock--he even took off his coat so I could sit on a rocky perch and take a photo of divers near Salt Hill. Total gentleman.
As funny and sweet as Chris really is, his presence on air is completely professional. In fact, I found Chris to be one of the most prepared professionals I've ever worked with. His love of music and support of independent artists, writers and publishers is something he's well known for. With frequent trips to UK for concerts and to visit beloved family, Chris is one of the few in the industry who is not just doing what he's assigned, but a man who takes the time to get to know the artist's he chooses to support. My hope is that a network like Spin Southwest in Ireland or BBC in UK will pick up Chris's show in the future.
A few days before the October 2019 launch of the book I edited, Mental Health for Millennials III: On Happiness, Chris invited me to sit down with him in studio. This smashing interview is the result:
Please check out more great interviews in-studio from Chris Sherlock, including episodes with guests like the beloved British psychic, Heidi Messenger. A mutual friend to both Chris and I, Heidi sadly passed during her long battle with cancer on 10 April 2019, but her work through her books and Oracle Messenger cards continues to help people rise above difficulty, giving hope in even our darkest hours. You'll also find interviews with the comedy duo, Sir Stevo Timothy and Lady Sinead Nora--both are native to Galway. Sir Stevo and Chris grew up in the same neighborhood. After his accident, Sir Stevo and Lady Sinead began doing YouTube videos of their in-car comedy routines. Their recent book was a result of Chris connecting them with a local indie publisher. That's just the kind of guy Chris is--always thinking of others, helping people any way he can even it means taking off his coat on a frigid Galway day in October so a lady can stay dry while taking a photograph.
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