Board Member Domhnall Egan

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.

Domhnall at Victoria Falls
Domhnall at Victoria Falls

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.

tra na rosann window view
View from Trá na Rosann bedroom window

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.

cycle the wild atlantic way
Karli and her bike

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 :)

star wars

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.

Poisoned Glen in Dunlewey
Poisoned Glen in Dunlewey

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.

Dali, Easton Ellis and Von Bismarck
Dali, Easton Ellis and 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

Thanks Domhnall

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