This month we pay a visit to one of the friendliest faces in our network – Sinéad O’ Donnell from Dunlewey in Donegal.
- How did you come to be part of the hostel staff in Errigal?
Many moons ago the new Errigal Hostel was built. I had been a waitress before this, and I felt I need for a change so I chanced my arm and asked for a job. I was told “Sorry no jobs available”. So off I went not quite sure what to do next. About a week later I get a phone call asking “can you start tomorrow?” and I haven’t looked back since That was 8 years ago. It was a totally new experience meeting people from all over Ireland and the world. I loved getting to tell them about all the things they should see and do in my area. That is just brilliant.
- Do you prefer mountains, cities or the coast? Why?
I’m very lucky to have the mountains surrounding where I live and also have the coast a short drive away. So I’m going to choose both mountains and coast as it never looks the same twice around here
- What is your favourite hostel in the network and why?
Well I’ve only been to four out of twenty-four so far (Errigal – of course, Dublin, Killarney and Glendalough). My favourite is ourselves as it’s such an amazing building and is located in such a beautiful place. If I had to pick another it would be Killarney Hostel because the house is stunning. I love old manor houses (huge Downton Abbey fan) so as soon as I could I went exploring it’s many rooms. It is so homely. I just loved it.
- Describe your ideal hostel companion
After my better half and daughter, I’d have to say my hostel colleagues. We always have fun and a good laugh
- What is your favourite place near a hostel?
My favourite place will always be Glenveagh National Park. It has the tastiest food ever and lovely walks no matter the weather. It’s always a lovely escape.
- What do you always bring with you to a hostel?
I always bring a sense of adventure with me as you just don’t know what will happen in a hostel
- What is your favourite book or website to browse in a hostel?
Working in a hostel is always busy so I get no real time to read a whole book. Google or Facebook is a great way to find out whats happening in the area you are staying in. But if in doubt ask at reception ;P
- What is your favourite meal to cook in a hostel?
My favourite meal is a meal that is cooked for me Seeing people mix in the kitchen and some of the amazing food that is rustled up on a shoestring budget is fantastic.
- What is your advice to people who have never hostelled before?
Do it!! So many times I see people arrive on their own, not quite sure what to do next on their journey. Next thing they’ve linked up with other guests and their next adventure begins.
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