The Last Word

The Last Word with Niall Burns, resort operations manager, Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE?
Two years.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY?
The Slieve is such a unique place, and we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to look after such a variation of fabulous customers and events; Van Morrison concerts, worldwide golfers ready to experience the number one course in the world through to brides and grooms and a Christmas experience, that turns the resort into a truly magical place. This results in the typical saying ‘There is no typical day!’

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
Floor waiter at The Village Inn,
Killyclogher.

ENTERTAINMENT:
FAVOURITE TV SHOW: Anything sport related
FAVOURITE FILM: Inception
FAVOURITE ALBUM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Spotify mix normally (depends on the mood)
FAVOURITE BAND: The Undertones
LAST BOOK READ: Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek
FAVOURITE CELEBRITY: Peter Kay

SOCIAL:
FAVOURITE FOOD: Scallops/fillet steak/panna cotta – perfect meal
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: The Pot Belly
LAST HOTEL YOU STAYED AT: Aghadoe Heights, Killarney
LAST BAR/NIGHTCLUB YOU VISITED: Sweet Afton
FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD: Haven’t been recently but have great memories in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo
INDOOR CONCERT OR FESTIVAL: Concert
LAST HOLIDAY: Portugal

DRINKS:
FAVOURITE HOT DRINK: Coffee
FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK: Lucozade
BEER OR CIDER: Beer
WHITE OR RED WINE: White
WHISKEY OR BRANDY: Neither- Disaronno
GIN OR VODKA: Gin – love all the local NI gins.
COCKTAILS OR BUBBLY: Bubbly

WHAT FOUR PEOPLE WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY?
Barak Obama, Billy Connolly, Muhammad Ali, my dad

ONE ITEM YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
My phone

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE?
Jamie Dornan (purely for the accent)

WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL JOB?
Hotel general manager

FAVOURITE QUOTE?
“Small things make perfection, but perfection is no small thing,” Henry Royce

THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNT?
Don’t take anything for granted.

INSPIRATION IN YOUR LIFE?
Outside of work – my mum and my wife
Professionally – James McGinn

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