Koroit's Barry Brodie answers this week's Gazette Q&A

Koroit Irish Festival committee member Barry Brodie has volunteered at the event for 21 years. His role during the past few years has been to organise the street parade with committee member Anthony Dowling. Mr Brodie was born to Irish parents who hailed from County Clare and is one of 15 children. He’s married to Tish and they have five children. 

What do you most love about living in Koroit? It's still got a lot of Irish in it.

Describe Koroit in five words? Friendly, relaxed, overall a wonderful place to live.

Koroit Irish Festival committee member Barry Brodie is looking forward to the festival which begins on April 28. Headliners include Jimeon and Damian Leith. Barry answers this week's Q&A. Picture: Amy Paton

Koroit Irish Festival committee member Barry Brodie is looking forward to the festival which begins on April 28. Headliners include Jimeon and Damian Leith. Barry answers this week's Q&A. Picture: Amy Paton

What is something most people wouldn't know about the Koroit Irish festival? We are also a charity organisation with a wonderful young variety of tradies and professionals on the team.

What do you think is the must-see event/performer of this years festival? The Irish female football game, the spud picking championships and the children's arena.

If you could live anywhere where would you choose? Koroit will do me.

What is your favourite holiday destination? Narawong and Torquay

What are you reading at the moment? I don't read books.

If you had a million dollars what would you do with it? Share it with family. 

What career did you want to pursue when you were a teenager? To run my own business.

What would your ideal Sunday involve? Going to church, a couple of stubbies and a roast with family.

What is something people might not know about you? I’m not as tight or as hard as I appear.  

Do you sleep talk or sleep walk? Not that I know of.

If you could choose to go back 100 years or go forward 100 years what would you do and why? Go back 100 years as life was simple.

What recipe are you renowned for cooking for family and friends? Good Friday fish and chips.

If you had all the time in the world to pursue & perfect any hobby what would it be? Restore anything old.

When and where are you most happiest? At home with my loving family.

What's best piece of advice you've been given? Never forget where you've come from.

Do you have a motto you live by? Treat people the way you like to be treated yourself.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Hopefully retired.