The Last Word

The Last Word with Eve Tumilty, executive housekeeper the Merchant Hotel

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE?
Just over seven years.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY?
A typical day for me would be managing a full house of rooms and a very busy operation that includes monitoring stock levels and linen, attending meetings, cost control, plus staff management, planning ahead, training new starts and ensuring the property is maintained to AA 5 red star standards.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
As a student, I was a part-time housekeeper in the Templeton Hotel in Templepatrick.

ENTERTAINMENT:
FAVOURITE TV SHOW: Anything with ‘The Real Housewives of’ in the title, although the Beverly Hills one would be a particular favourite – it’s a bit of necessary escapism.
FAVOURITE FILM: It’s an old one but it’s got to be Braveheart.
FAVOURITE ALBUM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Pink
FAVOURITE BAND: Mumford & Sons
LAST BOOK READ: The Fox’s Socks. It’s a flap book – it’s a great read with a happy ending; spoiler alert: he finds his socks!
FAVOURITE CELEBRITY: Peter Kay, we all need a bit of his humour in our lives.

SOCIAL:
FAVOURITE FOOD: Seafood (all seafood).
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Le Caprice in london (nb: i’m not a regular visitor)
LAST HOTEL YOU STAYED AT: Parknasilla Resort, Killarney.
LAST BAR/NIGHTCLUB YOU VISITED: I have a very lively toddler, so, to be honest, I can’t remember the last time I was out, let alone to a nightclub.
FAVOURITE PLACE IN WORLD: Scottish Highlands; remote, peaceful, clean air and a world away from it all.
LAST HOLIDAY: Summer holiday was last year to Kerry (need to get planning next one!)

DRINKS:
FAVOURITE HOT DRINK: It’s got to be a very milky latte.
FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK: Any fruit drinks.
BEER OR CIDER: Cider
WHITE OR RED WINE: Red wine
WHISKEY OR BRANDY: Neither!
GIN OR VODKA: Vodka
COCKTAILS OR BUBBLY: Bath

WHAT FOUR PEOPLE WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY?
Barack Obama, Mrs Brown, Gordon Ramsey (as I think my culinary skills with my fan oven could be under pressure that night) and Patrick Swayze.

ONE ITEM YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Lip gloss, lip gloss and more lip gloss.

WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL JOB?
Housekeeper on private island, where I only have to work an hour a day if I want.

FAVOURITE QUOTE?
Life is short and we should respect every moment of it.

INSPIRATION IN YOUR LIFE?
My hard-working dad.

THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNT?
Don’t stress, put your head down and power through, it will all work out, it has to!

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