This month our Fireside chat is with An Óige board member Domhnall Egan. We caught up with him after one of our board committee meetings.
1. What makes our mission meaningful to you?
Hosteling offers young people who aren’t into the traditional sports, games and groups an opportunity to explore the world, meet new people and find themselves.
2. What are some of your prior board leadership experiences/What are you hoping to achieve on the An Óige board?
This is my first time on the board of any organisation either Not for Profit or otherwise. I am hoping that I can channel my life experiences in a positive way for the betterment of the board and the Irish Youth Hostel Association.
3. What is your favourite hostel and why?
That has to be Trá Na Rosann Youth Hostel in Donegal. I went there with my wife and her family and everyone loved it. You can’t really get better than having the beach to yourself and just the noise of the sea and nature around you.
4. Where do you work and what are your responsibilities?
I work as a project manager and have worked for various American Multinationals. My most recent job was onboarding client data onto a bespoke fund data platform.
5. What kind of clients do you work with?
I work with people in all tiers of the organisation but predominantly at senior management levels.
6. Who is the most interesting person you met in a hostel?
I have to say Karli – the intrepid explorer from Australia that I met in Ben Lettery Youth Hostel. Her story and the reason she set off on her trip on the Wild Atlantic Way is fascinating – She has written several blogposts – I love meeting free spirited people with a sense of adventure.
7. Do you have a childhood/defining moment when you knew what you wanted to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an astronaut when I saw the Star Wars films – To date that hasn’t happened but here’s hoping
8. Tell us one place you would love to see again
We went to Guatemala on honeymoon and I would love to go back and travel more of Central and South America.
9. Tell us one place you never want to see again
That’s a hard one to answer – because everywhere is a different experience depending on the time of year you go.
10. Favourite location in Ireland?
Gartan where I am from, and Dunlewey where my wife is from – they are both in Donegal.
11. If you were going hosteling and had to bring three famous people, who would you invite?
Salvador Dali, Bret Easton Ellis and Otto Von Bismarck.
12. What does true leadership mean to you?
Putting other people before yourself.
13. You can have one superpower, what do you choose?
The power to go back and have a second choice when the option you picked doesn’t work out the way you thought it would
14. Describe yourself using the title of a soap opera.
I don’t watch a lot of those – I would say EastEnders – I can be tough but I am a big softie underneath it all.
15. What are the characteristics of a good board member?
Listening to, respect for and encouragement of your fellow board members
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