Tell me about your regular journey to work.
I live in Terenure and the offices are on Pearse Street, and I usually walk there and back – it’s around a 45 to 50 minute walk. It’s quite long but I love walking – I can be preparing for the day, and you don’t have to think too much when you’re walking either – it’s one step in front of the other. I enjoy it, it’s one of the little perks of life that I wanted to give myself.
Every so often, if it’s lashing rain, I’ll get the bus. But sometimes I’ll just open up my umbrella – the majority of the time, it is walking for me.
What time do you normally leave the house?
I might leave at half seven or so and get into the office around twenty past eight, but it depends what’s on. Usually, the latest I’m in the office is around half eight.
In the evening, the latest time I’d leave the office would be around half six, but sometimes I’d leave around five. It just depends what’s on.
That’s a fair chunk of time each way – how do you pass the time?
It’s usually Spotify, or maybe certain business podcasts. It depends what mood I’m in – I might listen to inspiring, motivational music coming into work or else some easy listening.
My go-to song is Open Your Eyes by Snow Patrol – if the big harmony comes on when I’m getting out of the lift, that’s perfect timing for me! If i’m looking for something a bit more chilled it might be something like Ed Sheeran or Ben Howard – singer-songwriter stuff.
As for podcasts, I like Simon Sinek – he’s a business constultant in the US who is big into human behaviour and organisational health. I’d listen to Intercom – a company here that has a podcast by its founders – and a guy called Patrick Lencioni who’s a business consultant in the US.
And then audiobooks: Steve Jobs, Richard Branson… It’s majority work-focused.
Do you eat or drink on the hoof?
No, I have my porridge in the morning.
What’s the best commute you’ve ever had? And the worst?
The worst one was definitely in Sydney – I lived there for five years. I’d just got my driving licence and I had to drive down a six-lane dual carriageway because I needed a car for my job. The commute was an hour so it wasn’t too bad, it was just being scared more than anything else!
The easiest is now – I lived in Clontarf before but it’s probably quicker to the office now.