A day in the Life of Damien Cronin
Q 1- How does your normal day begin?
Even though we are closed I still start each workday at 9 am, it’s important to keep up your normal work routine as much as possible. We have a daily team call at 10 am, it’s more of a catch up really but it’s great to just chat to the team and see how everyone is doing, how their workload is and how we can help each other. It’s important now more than ever to keep up the spirit of teamwork.
Q 2- What are your biggest daily challenges?
Our biggest challenge at the moment is remaining closed under current COVID restrictions, as it is for all attractions right now. It could be easy to lose motivation but thankfully we are always working on new and exciting projects ahead of our reopening. Our management team have been so supportive of new ideas proposed, such as our new walking tour of the Docklands area and moving all our Halloween events online. In some ways we feel like the busiest closed museum in the country!
Q3- What do you love most about your job?
There is never a dull moment working in Irish Tourism! I love learning about different marketing trends and what interests tourists in visiting our museum. Getting to partner and work with a range of people across our industry is also an amazing part of it, from taxi drivers to hotel managers – it really is a great industry to work in. The current restrictions has also resulted in learning new skills, such as filming interviews and webinars for different audiences, which has been fantastic to be involved in.
Q 4- What do you do to relax?
I enjoy reading history and fantasy books as well as graphic novels, especially anything from DC Comics. I’ve also joined a whiskey society this year and it’s been really fun learning all about this growing industry, as well as getting to try some tasty uisce beatha along the way!
Q 5-Favourite staycation destination in Ireland and why?
My wife and I recently stayed in Bellingham Castle Hotel near Dundalk, it’s the perfect place for a relaxing staycation. Once you arrive, everything is taken care of and you are free to unwind and forget about the troubles of the world. I would highly recommend it.
Q 6-Favourite holiday destination worldwide?
We were very fortunate to have our honeymoon at the beginning of 2020, visiting Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu. I would love to be back in New Zealand right now, especially the South Island which is just beautiful.
Q 7-Favourite Business motto?
I’m going to take mine from Star Wars weirdly enough – “Do or do not. There is no try.” I find it to be a simple lesson in commitment and the power in giving something your all — not just giving it a try.
Q 8. Advice for young business entrepreneurs
Have a vision of where you want to be, keep learning, keep looking for the right opportunities for your vision and you will get to where you want to go.