Edward Wallace works in Errigal Youth Hostel in one of the coolest places on the planet. We sent him a list of questions to see what he was up to when he is not waiting to welcome youth groups from all over the world.
1. What three traits define you? Passionate, reliable & avid tea drinker.
2. What is your personal philosophy? Don’t define your own happiness by other people’s standard. Do the best with the hand you’re dealt, because a good bluff can beat a straight flush!
3. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It keeps me sane.
4. What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far? Chronic long term illness (Ulcerative Colitis).
5. What is the one thing you cannot resist? Well there’s two things. Tea and someone else’s chips.
6. What is your greatest fear? That people will refuse to give me tea or their chips
7. Where is your favourite place to be? At home in Donegal. You will not find better scenery anywhere in the world. Sure isn’t it only the coolest place on earth?!
8. What is your favourite thing to do? Again it’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It is more of a lifestyle than a hobby, as I teach it or practice it on nearly a daily basis.
9. Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why? Prague. Beautiful city with great people and great food.
10. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had? Sheep midwife. My father has a flock and I’ve often delivered baby lambs.
11. What does true leadership mean to you? To lead from the front line, by example and not to expect anyone to do anything you wouldn’t do yourself.
12. Which one would you want most and why – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities? I’ll go with moon cities. We could pack off a few useless politicians there.
13. What has been the most important innovation/change you have witnessed in your lifetime? Seeing renewable energy sources being developed so that there might be a habitable planet left for future generations.
14. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this? A blacksmith. I do it as a hobby and love creating things from scratch with my hands.
15. If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? The Stig
16. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13? You’ll never use algebra or trigonometry after school, so don’t worry about it!
17. What are your three most overused words/phrases? Ah now, Come on now Ted, & Emhm
18. How do you define success? Getting paid to do something you love doing
19. What is your favourite book, film or song and why? The Shawshank Redemption. It introduced me to the magnificence of Morgan Freeman.
20. Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I’m nowhere near as crabbit or grumpy as I look.
21. What is the one part of your job that most people do not realise you do. Keeping Sinead O’ Donnell and Kristina Ferry from turning Errigal Youth Hostel into a Daniel O’ Donnell shrine.
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