MEET THE IRISH NATIONAL HERITAGE PARK TEAM

Alan Boland

Media team

How long have you worked in the park?
3 years

What is your favourite place in the park?
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What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Bucket and Spade
George Foreman Grill ( All the Flavour none of the Fat)
A copy of “How to be a Tour Guide” by Jack Matthews

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
Life is a garden, Dig it!

Marie Sinnott

Media team

How long have you worked in the park?
13 years

What is your favourite place in the park?
Nature trail

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Book “How to survive on a deserted island for dummies”
Very strong fishnet to fish and to use as a hammock
Red wine and Camembert

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads!

Johanna Murphy

Front desk

How long have you worked in the park?
2 years and 10 months

What is your favourite place in the park?
Early Medieval Ireland

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Kindle
Blanket
Swiss Army Knife

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“Live and let live”

Derek O’Brien

Tour guide

How long have you worked in the park?
12 months

What is your favourite place in the park?
Prehistoric ireland

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
My Fiancé
Oxford handbook of World History
Endless supply of tea bags (Barry’s of course)

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything”

Marguerite Keeling

Front Desk

How long have you worked in the park?
10 months

What is your favourite place in the park?
The Medieval Ringfort

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Wine
Chocolate
Phone

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“Nobody puts baby in the corner”

Terry Cullen

Maintenance Team

How long have you worked in the park?
15 years

What is your favourite place in the park?
Fulacht Fiadh

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Plenty of water
Pocket radio
Loads of batteries

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“I’ve come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…and I’m all out of bubblegum”

Tony Stafford

Maintenance Team

How long have you worked in the park?
4 years

What is your favourite place in the park?
The Viking boatyards

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Cold beers
Johnny Cash’s Greatest hits
All the lads from work

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“The first time I saw Andy Dufresne…”

Micheál óg O’fíach

Maintenance Team

How long have you worked in the park?
2 years

What is your favourite place in the park?
Prehistoric ireland

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Hurl
Slíotar
My dog (to bring the slíotar to me)

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“My bad, I was sending a tweet”

Mickie Banville

Chef

How long have you worked in the park?
14 years

What is your favourite place in the park?
The Round Tower on top of the hill

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Phone
Suncream
Wine

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“They’ve done studies you know. 60% of the time, it works every time”

Natalie Dempsey

Maintenance Team

How long have you worked in the park?
Half my life

What is your favourite place in the park?
Viking site if not windy
Mill pond

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Dora the Explorer, she has everything in her backpack
Conor
Cigarettes

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”

Catherine Creane

Restaurant

How long have you worked in the park?
6 years and loving it

What is your favourite place in the park?
Round tower

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
A hammock
Sunblock
A flashlight

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“I will be back”

Savetuca Borhan

Restaurant

How long have you worked in the park?
4 years

What is your favourite place in the park?
Prehistoric ireland

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Books
Coffee
My son

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“If one day the speed kills me, do not cry because I was smiling”

Leslie Nyamukapa

Kitchen Porter

How long have you worked in the park?
2 years

What is your favourite place in the park?
Round Tower

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Solar powered radio
Lighter
Grape seed

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“Houston, we have a problem”

Carol Murphy

Cleaner

How long have you worked in the park?
2 years

What is your favourite place in the park?
Round tower

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Bug spray
A flashlight
A hammock

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that will be the end of it”

Maura Bell

Manager

How long have you worked in the park?
19 years

What is your favourite place in the park?
Sitting outside the Viking House looking over the river

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Solar powered radio
Lipstick
Sunglasses

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“Happy talking, keep talking. Talk about things you like to do, you gotta have a dream, if you don’t have a dream, how are you gonna have a dream come true?”

Peig O’Sullivan

Restaurant

How long have you worked in the park?
Nearly 2 years

What is your favourite place in the park?
Prehistoric ireland

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Speaker
Lifetime supply of M&Ms and chicken fillet rolls
Catherine

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”

Bernie Rath

Manager and Accounts

How long have you worked in the park?
18+ years

What is your favourite place in the park?
Round tower

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Lyons Tea Bags
Water
“Architectural Masterpieces” by Chris

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“Well, nobody’s perfect”

Tucker Dempsey

Maintenance

How long have you worked in the park?
7 years (itch)

What is your favourite place in the park?
Viking site

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
A knife
Fishing Net
Coors light

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“Eat well, work hard, travel often”

Chris Hayes

Manager

How long have you worked in the park?
3 years
What is your favourite place in the park?
Souterrain in the ringfort

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
An opinel pocket knife
Che Guevara poster
“Do not disturb” sign

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“The old man is still an artist with a Thompson”

Shona O’Connor

Falconer

How long have you worked in the park?
6 months

What is your favourite place in the park?
Falconry centre (obviously)

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Jar of nutella
ABBA
My dressing gown

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you gonna get”

Miley Roche

Kitchen Porter

How long have you worked in the park?
17 Years

What is your favourite place in the park?
Beside Catherine

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Reading Glasses
Box of Matches
6 Pack

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“No need for me to be here today”

Jack Matthews

(Father of Dragons, breaker of scales, the rightful heir to the iron age throne, leader of the four kingdoms of Ireland)

Tour guide

How long have you worked in the park?
9001 Years

What is your favourite place in the park?
The viking boatyard overlooking the beautiful and historic river slaney. The fairy glade is a close second.

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
Case of Yellowbelly Beer
Alan Boland’s Book – How to get off a deserted island
The crushing false hope that Wexford will win the All Ireland title in my lifetime.

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“Stephen is my name, I am the most wanted man on my island, but of course i am not on my island”.
“What Ireland”?
“Yes. It’s mine”

Jim O’Connor

Falconer

How long have you worked in the park?
2 years

What is your favourite place in the park?
The falconry centre

What 3 things would you bring with you to a deserted island?
A box of matches
Sun tan lotion
Daniel O’Donnell

What is your favourite line from a movie or song?
“My name is Jim but most people call me Jim”