2016-06-30
Ireland is celebrated very much as a religious day. But thanks to the rest of the world, it has latched onto parades and things like that. So now we celebrate with a parade, but we don't go dying our rivers green! But I know a lot of parts in

Ireland still celebrate it very much as a holy day. So it just depends on the culture and the upbringing in the family.

Who inspires you?

My mom. She really is the absolute role model for me. She did the exact same thing at my age: She toured with an Irish girl group in the States, and she went on to bigger and greater things. She really is an absolute inspiration.

In the world we're living in today you just have to be blessed for the opportunities you get. At 17--to say that I'm doing something as amazing as Celtic Woman and getting to travel and meet so many wonderful people and see so many great places--I feel like I'm the luckiest 17-year-old in the world.

 

I think that inspires me to be grateful for what I have, to make the most of it, and to remind myself that opportunities like this don't come along every day. I think that's what keeps us grounded. I was brought up in a house where we were always reminded of how lucky we were to have anything. We were never spoiled when growing up. [The girls and I] were only saying the other day,

Ireland in the '80s and '90s was kind of still a poor enough country. And that was bred into us by our family. I remember my grandmother always saying to me, "Be grateful for what you have."

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?

My grandfather and my mother taught me the saying, "To whom much is given, much is expected of." That has always stuck with me. Just remember how lucky you are for everything you have.