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

The Last Word with Jane Hodgers, director at Panama Belfast

The Last Word with Jane Hodgers, director at Panama Belfast

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE? Three months. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY? Atypical; the draw of hospitality for me is its constant change. Aside from the administrative aspect of my role, I love the development of new ideas, working with chef and colleagues; every day I’m learning. I’m... View Article

The Last Word with Annie Campbell, bar supervisor, Observatory (Grand Central Hotel, Belfast)

The Last Word with Annie Campbell, bar supervisor, Observatory (Grand Central Hotel, Belfast)

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE? Five months. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY? I’ll come in to set up the bar, prep for any functions or large parties later that day, and have a brief meeting with my manager discussing tasks for that day and any changes we need... View Article

The Last Word with Matthew Fitzpatrick, BDM, United Wines

The Last Word with Matthew Fitzpatrick, BDM, United Wines

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY? I have breakfast while checking my emails before I leave the house. A typical day then consists of about eight to 10 sales calls with various on and off trade accounts. These will be broken up with phone calls and emails throughout the day. After my... View Article

The Last Word with Ashleigh Hanley, distillery manager, Hughes Craft Distillery

The Last Word with Ashleigh Hanley, distillery manager, Hughes Craft Distillery

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE? Three months. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY? No two days are ever the same- working in a growing distillery within a busy gastro pub keeps me on my toes, but thankfully every day starts off with some coffee. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?... View Article

The Last Word with Emer Dooris, marketing officer (digital), Grand Opera House Belfast

The Last Word with Emer Dooris, marketing officer (digital), Grand Opera House Belfast

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE? I’m just a newbie, five months, but I’ve been working in the entertainment industry for eight-plus years. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY? Every day can vary so much when you work in theatre, but my typical day consists of lots of coffee and... View Article

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

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... View Article