The Last Word with Mark Craig, trade marketing and events manager Ireland, Halewood Wines and Spirits
DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY?
Read emails, check socials/drinks news.
Get up, and take Alfie (the dog) for a walk. Into Belfast (or other cities across the island) for strong coffee and eggs Benedict whilst jotting down a to-do list.
More emails and tweaking a few presentations to send out. Mid morning, I’ll usually have a few meetings or phone calls with colleagues, bars or wholesalers. By that point, the afternoon’s plan has likely already changed and I’m arranging something to do with an upcoming event, sourcing or setting up events kit at a venue.
If there’s no event on that day, evenings revolve around another walk with Alfie and dinner with Serena in between the inevitable recheck of my to-do lists and emails.
I try to focus events across the country into bursts; so I may run a similar plan in Cork, Dublin and Belfast in consecutive days, clocking up the miles in our Dead Man’s Fingers-branded Ford Mustang.
I’m well used to the drive now, and it certainly helps that the evenings usually involve some great food and even better cocktails in the best bars.
FAVOURITE TV SHOW: Suits
FAVOURITE FILM: Grand Budapest Hotel
ALBUM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Soundtrack from the movie Drive.
FAVOURITE BAND: The White Stripes
LAST BOOK READ: The Dead Rabbit’s From Barley to Blarney. Kind of cheating as it’s essentially a photo book of beautiful Irish bars.
FAVOURITE CELEBRITY: Ryan Reynolds
FAVOURITE FOOD: Mexican or Thai
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: La Taqueria
LAST HOTEL YOU STAYED AT: The Hendrick, Dublin
LAST BAR/NIGHTCLUB YOU VISITED: Margot
FAVOURITE PLACE IN WORLD: Mullaghmore, Co Sligo
INDOOR CONCERT OR FESTIVAL: Indoor gig
LAST HOLIDAY: Barcelona
FAVOURITE HOT DRINK: Good coffee
FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK: Full unadulterated proper Coca Cola or Evian.
BEER OR CIDER: Beer
WHITE OR RED WINE: White (No Brosé option?)
WHISKEY OR BRANDY: Whiskey (Irish)
GIN OR VODKA: Whitley Neill, Aloe and Cucumber Gin, obviously.
COCKTAILS OR BUBBLY: Cocktails.
WHAT FOUR PEOPLE WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY? Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman.
ONE ITEM YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT? Sadly it’s currently my phone(s).
WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL JOB? Cliché answer: I love my job. I worked hard to get here.
FAVOURITE QUOTE? It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.
INSPIRATION IN YOUR LIFE? Friends, family and Instagram.
MOST IMPORTANT LESSON I’VE LEARNT? Work hard and treat others well, not for karma or getting anything back, just because it’s nice to be nice.