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
Do you go for a walk or to the gym before/after the office?
Mike: I normally walk into and home from work daily, I also like hitting the gym 2/3 days a week.
James: I try in the evenings, but I do get out for a cycle every now and then
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.
How many cups of coffee/tea would you drink a day?
Mike: At least 6, does it matter that they are big cups?
James: 3 or 4 a day, it depends how tired I am.
What is normal lunch – do you have a favourite place?
Mike/James: We tend to eat lunch together most days, we have a huge selection to choose from in the Market Quarter. We do like eating Volcano Wings, The Yellow Lemon and Phil Flannerys (Only when Tommy is working)
Do you have many meetings during the day?
Mike: We don’t really have scheduled meetings rather social gatherings. We get a lot of sales reps calling in mostly for a catch up and a coffee.
James: We have a number of casual meetings during the week. We tend to mess with the sales reps alittle playing good cop/bad cop or if we’re having a hard week bad cop/bad cop.
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.
Do you watch much television?
Mike: We spend most of our time in the pub and we don’t have TVs, so no. I do like to watch TV when I get home to help unwind but its almost always something recorded so that I can fast forward the ads.
James: we spend a lot of time in the pub so no. I do try to keep up with sports on TV; the hurling this summer and now the rugby has started.
Do you read the newspapers?
Mike: Its important to stay up to date with local current affairs, I don’t want to run out of things to talk about with customers or give James the opportunity to get one up on me.
James: Yes I do try to read the local and national papers. Its important in our trade to be upto date with what is happening. Its always good to throw out a curve ball story now and then to keep the customers and mike on their toes.
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.
Are you able to leave the office behind?
Mike: I wouldn’t want to leave it behind, owning and working in a pub is a very social thing. Your customers are your friends and when the craic starts its hard to go home.
James: When you work in an environment that we work in, its not a 9 to 5 job, so id say no. That’s not a bad thing either. You met some great characters young and old and hear many stories which some are even true.
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.