It was on the drive home from Mullingar that I received a call from our PR guru, Noreen D’Arcy to ask me would I travel to Dublin two days later for a pre-recorded interview with Richard Curran on the Saturday Business show. Having been absent from home and the hotel for a few days, I decided it was best to get back to day to day business and therefore told her that I would be unavailable for the interview. However, a second request came for me to do the interview live (no pressure 🙂 on Saturday morning. As I needed to be in Dublin on Saturday for the Donegal Person of the Year Awards, I said a big Yes and the radio road trip began!
MY RADIO ADVENTURE
I took the 4am bus from Donegal to Dublin and as dawn began to break, I had a lovely feeling of adventure. The sun shone as I walked through the grounds of Montrose. I felt surprisingly calm. Following a warm welcome from programme researcher, Eoghan Mc Laughlin, I sat outside the studio waiting for my slot just after 10am. Meanwhile I had the pleasure of listening to the RTE National Orchestra rehearsing in a studio nearby. The sound was memorising. The red light of the studio was on and it was time for me to go live. I had seen Richard Curran on Dragon’s Den and for a brief moment, I was worried that he might grill me on business matters that I might feel unable to answer. I’m not really a facts and figures person. And then I wondered would he ask me about what I call ‘Boring Brexit’. It’s not that I couldn’t have a conversation about these subjects and of course I know how important they are, it’s simply that they don’t excite me and I know there are many others better placed to comment on such matters.
“Harvey’s Point – Our Story”
I needn’t have had any concerns. The interview with Richard was a most pleasant conversation, almost a fireside chat despite the big desk between us, the huge black microphone, the producer and team watching from the next room. I really enjoyed our chat. Richard asked me about the history of Harvey’s Point and how romance and love was a big part of our story. It still surprises me the interest and curiosity there is in the story of that ‘summer job’ in 1989 which was the beginning of my career in the hospitality industry. How lucky I am to be doing a job that I love, in a place that I love and with people whom I love!
Richard made an interesting comment in relation to the new term ‘over tourism’. He is correct in saying that Ireland is on the cusp of something really big in terms of growing numbers of overseas visitors. It is so important that we take a strategic approach and manage our infrastructure in line with anticipated growth.