What time do you get up?
Mike: On a typical day around 8:30am but after a busy night it could be closer to 10am.
James: I try to get up for 8am but if I’m working the night before it could be later
What is your normal breakfast?
Mike: Coffee, another coffee and then lunch
James: Tea, Cornflakes and the Limerick Leader online
You arrive at office at what time?
Mike: I always seem to arrive 5 mins after James, even the days I specifically leave early.
James: I’ve an arrangement with Mikes Partner, Kora, She calls me before he leaves the house so I can be in before him
What are your first duties?
James: To give out to Mike for Being late
Mike: To pretend like I care about being late.
What time do you finish up at?
Mike: We’re lucky in that closing times are legislated. Most people don’t realize that it takes an hour or 2 after closing to get the house ready for the following day.
James: Mike normally tries to run away at closing. I normally have to hide his house keys until we’re ready to go.
What do you do to relax?
Mike: I like to cook, there is something very relaxing about it. I typically send photos of my dinner to James and the Staff. I also like to read and am currently reading “The Great Unexpected” by Dan Mooney.
James: looking at what Mike cooks for dinner is always good, still waiting for an invite over though. Its important to relax I try get out for a walk in the evening or a cycle. I’ve Only just have recovered from a relaxing cycle to kilkee lead by the one and only Fergal Deegan from the limerick leader.
What is a perfect work day?
Mike: A couple of free barrels from Guinness or Heineken always helps (Shameless plug). Both James and I left 9-5, mon to fri jobs to open Mother Macs and work long often unsocial hours. We are lucky that we enjoy what we do and we’re supported by our loved ones, that makes everyday a very good day.
James: No two days are alike in this trade and this was one of the main reasons we moved into it. Id have to agree with Mike that every day is a good day when you enjoy what you’re doing.
Do you ever lose ‘the cool’ and if so what would make you annoyed?
Mike: We are very much in the public eye and try to remain professional at all times. My staff are my family and it annoys me when people are disrespectful or abusive to them.
James: When you’re in the public eye, you do have to keep a professional manner. It does help with the wonderful customers we have coming in here. Mother Macs is known for being a relaxed and cozy place for a pint.