My Weekend: I'm a night owl and always have been...

Caroline Kennedy, events manager with Republic of Work on South Mall, loves the music scene on Leeside. Here she tells us how she likes to spend her down-time
My Weekend: I'm a night owl and always have been...
Caroline Kennedy, Events Manager with Republic of Work on South Mall.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I am originally from London but moved to Cork exactly ten years ago to the month after college - London got even crazier, and I wanted a change of scenery! I am half Irish, so I have a family base in Finian’s Bay in Co. Kerry, where I spent a lot of my childhood. My twin sister attended CIT for college, and after my many visits I knew I would end up here eventually, maybe it was a twin thing, either way, Cork has me well and truly hooked - I don’t think you’ll ever get rid of me!

I fell into retail when I arrived in Cork, working in Brown Thomas and Coast. I applied for the position in Republic Of Work three years ago as I wanted a new challenge and eventually took on the position of Events Manager.

It’s a role I love because I am not one for sitting at a desk all day and it’s a real mixture of running around like a lunatic with the occasional desk work, usually when I need to sit down for 10 minutes!

What is your ideal way to spend a Friday night?

I am a huge music fan, particularly blues and rock and roll, so my weekends always include heading into a gig either in Coughlans, on Douglas Street, or the hugely underrated Charlie’s on Union Quay!

Lie in or up with the lark.. which is it for you?

Lie in, every time! I am a night owl and always have been. One of life’s small pleasures is not setting the alarm!

Does work creep into your weekend at all?

I feel fortunate to work with the guys in Republic Of Work as we are all very much on the same page when it comes to making sure we get some time off at the weekends.

Every day is different in Republic Of Work, and you never know whom you will meet or what you’ll get up to (I once spent the day building cabinets from scratch with our general manager, Frank) so between the unusual tasks, the events and looking after our community the weekends are our chance to recharge the batteries! We also like to encourage our members to have a good work/life balance as this plays a big part in productivity.

If money was no object where would you head to on a weekend city break? And who would you bring with you?

I would take my mum to New York! I have been to NY three times, and I don’t think I will ever tire of it! It’s a fantastic city where anything can happen, I love the spontaneity of it, and if money were no object I would be a fool not to embrace the shopping opportunities, right? My mum and I once spent 12 hours in Westfield Shopping centre in London so NY could be our next marathon!

Closer to home, is there some place you like to head to recharge the batteries?

I head down to Finian’s Bay when I can, it’s a beautiful spot, and I love to be near the sea. My father grew up in Finian’s Bay and runs a passenger boat out to the Skellig Islands during the summer months.

Sometimes I go for the spin and I usually get the job of handing out lollipops to those who give in to their seasickness for a chance to see the Skelligs.

Do you like to catch up with family/friends at the weekend?

Definitely! I absolutely love going for brunch and a mooch around the city, it’s one of my favourite things to do of a weekend! Luckily I have a group of friends who share this passion. My all-time favourite spot for brunch is Liberty Grill.

Do you get to indulge any hobbies? Even as a spectator?

I joined the fantastic guys in Evolution Health & Fitness three years ago, and the gym quickly became something I really enjoy doing! I try to go three days a week as I think exercise is great for the mind as well as your overall health, it also helps me balance my other hobby - eating cake!

Entertain or be entertained? If it’s the latter, do you have a signature dish?

I definitely enjoy entertaining; I regularly have friends over for a few drinks and my Christmas nut loaf, which isn’t exclusive to Christmas time. When I buy my dream home, the kitchen/dining area will be prioritised above everything else, and I might even branch out into another cuisine!

We have so many places to eat out in Cork - where are your go-to spots for coffee/ lunch/ special meal?

This list is endless! Friends who visit from London always comment on how good the food is in Cork and I definitely agree!

My favourite coffee has to be from Dukes Coffee Co. on Carey’s Lane, get yourself a flat oat white, you won’t regret it, and I always head to the English Market for lunch for sushi or a sandwich.

If I am out for a special meal, you’ll usually find me in Jacob’s on the Mall as they have the best vegetarian menu in town!

Sunday night comes around too fast.. how do you usually spend it?

Sunday nights are for weekly lunch prep, pyjamas and the latest Netflix obsession! I’m that person who is behind on everything when it comes to Netflix, so lately I have been glued to Homeland.

What time does your alarm clock go off on Monday morning?

7:10am, snooze til 7:20am, eventually, reluctantly get out of bed at 7:30am, happy as Larry and ready to make my way into Republic of Work by 8 am

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