The Last Word with Portia Woods, founder, Toast The Coast Food Tours & Experiences

The Last Word with Portia Woods, founder, Toast The Coast Food Tours & Experiences

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE? Just over two years and it changes month by month. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY? After the school run, it’s a game of priorities as every self-employed entrepreneur will know. It could be anything from talking to tour buyers, connecting with NI hotels,... View Article

The Last Word with Terry Kelly, sales and marketing manager, Killeavy Castle Estate

The Last Word with Terry Kelly, sales and marketing manager, Killeavy Castle Estate

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE? I joined the team at Killeavy two months ago DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY? Normally, the daily schedule is planned out the week before, which is mix of scheduled appointments and meetings, mixed with reactive phone calls and online enquiries. No two days... View Article

The Last Word with Susan McCartney, hospitality manager, Down Royal Racecourse

The Last Word with Susan McCartney, hospitality manager, Down Royal Racecourse

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE? Three years. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY? Lots of coffee, emails, liaising with suppliers, organising race day procedures and booking in hospitality. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? Work rider. ENTERTAINMENT: FAVOURITE TV SHOW: Suits FAVOURITE FILM: Inception ALBUM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Dua Lipa... View Article

The Last Word with Mark Craig, trade marketing and events manager Ireland, Halewood Wines and Spirits

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... View Article

The Last Word with Nikki Drennan, general manager at The Lost City Adventure Golf

The Last Word with Nikki Drennan, general manager at The Lost City Adventure Golf

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE? Four months. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY? There isn’t one really, it changes day to day, though generally I get a lot of admin done as well as getting to make pizzas and cocktails and meet loads of lovely customers. I’m very lucky... View Article

The Last Word with Michael Duffy, chief cook (pitmaster in America), Smokin’ Yankees BBQ Belfast

The Last Word with Michael Duffy, chief cook (pitmaster in America), Smokin’ Yankees BBQ Belfast

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE? Although I have been BBQing since I was 12 years old myself and my good friend Conor Dawson formed Smokin’ Yankees BBQ as a competition BBQ team around 2014 in order to take our passion for outdoor cooking to the next level,... View Article

The Last Word with Lauren McMullan, Bushmills Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador, Proximo Spirits

The Last Word with Lauren McMullan, Bushmills Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador, Proximo Spirits

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE? I have been in this role for almost three months now but in the five years prior, I was working at the Old Bushmills Distillery conducting tours and whiskey tastings. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY? Every day brings something different. On a typical... View Article

The Last Word with Joanna Fyffe, creative director, Play Dead NI

The Last Word with Joanna Fyffe, creative director, Play Dead NI

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE? 15 years DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY? I like to start the day with a bit of research, so I might Google a particular era, place or something gruesome like the effect of different poisons. I like to give my characters names before... View Article

The Last Word with Margaret Wilson, housekeeping manager, Hastings Ballygally Hotel

The Last Word with Margaret Wilson, housekeeping manager, Hastings Ballygally Hotel

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE? 12 and a half years. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY? Every day is different and can be very challenging. My main aim is to ensure bedrooms are serviced to a high standard and recognise guests’ needs – making them feel welcomed and comfortable... View Article

The Last Word with James O’Donnell, beverage manager, Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

The Last Word with James O’Donnell, beverage manager, Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE? Eight months. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY? There is no real typical day in this job. But my main focus will be to make sure the main bar is ready for service and that the staff have everything that they need to be... View Article