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Weekend Q&A: Jingle Belles, classically trained brother and sister duo Tom and Sinéad O'Kelly

Jingle Belles, classically trained brother and sister duo Tom (24) and Sinéad O'Kelly (31), bring their eponymous Christmas show to The Black Box in Belfast on December 20

Jingle Belles bring their Christmas show to The Black Box in Belfast on December 20
Jane Hardy

How do you unwind at the weekend?

Tom: I go for a boogie on Saturday night to cheesy pop – some Whitney Houston, Beyoncé and Little Mix. On Sunday there's a debrief in a friend's room. I live in London with people I like to go out with. On Sunday, I also have a Zoom meeting planning the show with Sinéad in Belfast. It lasts three hours or until we can't think.

Sinéad: We go to the Waterworks park, Cave Hill, with my six-month-old baby, Fionn, and love the swings. My partner, Tobias, and I do the Parkrun if I feel frisky enough and the baby goes for a walk with my parents and their dog. I also like a glass of wine.

What do you recall most about weekends growing up?

Tom: I grew up in north Belfast and weekends were similar to weekends now. I used to study at McManus Theatre School, Bangor. On Sundays I was a chorister at St Peter's Cathedral. I'd like to say I had a roast, but didn't. After Mass I'd rehearse for a show.

Sinéad: I remember getting up at 6am to go to theatres with my mum Paula Breslin, an Irish dancing expert. We'd go swimming, have ice creams from Rossi's and watch Gladiators.

Is there a must-listen weekend radio programme or podcast?

Tom: I love Stephen Fry's Mythos, the Greek legends.

Sinéad: I'm binge listening My Therapist Ghosted Me.

Is there a must watch TV programme or Netflix?

Tom: Only Connect on catch-up, my favourite quiz show.

Sinéad: 1899 on Netflix, a German show. Tobias's first language is German; we met in Switzerland and I speak it too.

Is Sunday still special?

Tom: I'm not religious but yes, it is special as I get to see Sinead and we're very close.

Sinéad: In Switzerland, the shops opened late, people didn't work on Sunday. It reminded me of the importance of relaxing.

Do you have a favourite eatery or is it a takeaway?

Tom: I love Villa Italia, and would like them to cater my wedding.

Sinéad: We went to Number One, a taco place on the Stranmillis Road, recently, it was great.

How do you feel on Sunday night about Monday morning?

Tom: In one word, stressed, but I work every day. I'm doing a Masters in musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. I'm a bit disorganised so am always thinking about what I have to do.

Sinéad: Not having a conventional schedule is one good thing about being a creative, as I used to have the 'Sunday scaries' when young.

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