Shane Clarke, CEO of Nano Nagle Place, Cork’s newest heritage, cultural and educational institute.
TELL us about yourself;
I moved to Cork three years ago with my family from London. I have the great pleasure (and occasional stress) of being the CEO of Nano Nagle Place, Cork’s newest heritage, cultural and educational institute.
Making good on the vision of the remarkable Nano Nagle, social justice and education are at the heart of everything we do. It’s also one of the most historic and beautiful places one could wish to work.
Before that, I did urban design and city management jobs in London. I once ran Soho (which sounds intriguingly nefarious). Degree in philosophy.
Where were you born?
Dublin born but London made me. Lived in The Great Wen from early 20s to mid-40s.
Where do you live?
Wellington Road, St Luke’s. I have the joy of walking to work and hiking back.
Married to Deirdre, hailing from County Clare but met her in London, and two kids; Cian aged nine and Aine aged seven.
Answering that would bring no end of grief!
Earliest childhood memory?
My dad handing me a Lego set for my third birthday. I think.
Person you most admire?
My mum. My dad passed away a few years back and she’s been a tower of strength and optimism.
Person who most irritates you?
Donald Trump. Irritate being far too mild a description.
Who would you like to see as Minister for Finance and why?
Dr Frank Crowley, UCC Spatial Economist and Lecturer. Miles ahead of the bean counters in Dublin regarding cities, towns, local government and quality of life economics.
Where was your most memorable holiday?
Our honeymoon. An amazing two week cycling holiday in Tuscany.
Favourite TV programme?
Gardeners World, BBC. Cup of tea, slippers and a large whiskey!
Favourite radio show?
Arena, RTÉ. Proper public service broadcasting.
Your signature dish if cooking?
I do a mean salad. Kitchen sink (cupboard and fridge) stuff.
Ganapati. Peckham’s finest; south Indian cuisine and five minutes from my old house.
Last book you read?
Normal People, Sally Rooney. Fine, crisp, clear writing but rather nauseating lead characters.
Best book you read?
Hhmmm. Impossible to say. The book I’ve returned to most often is Silas Marner, George Eliot.
Last album/CD/download you bought?
St Vincent, New York. Top stuff.
Only Love Can Break Your Heart, by St Etienne.
One person you would like to see in concert?
Apparently Jean-Jacques Rousseau was quite the musician. Also, paranoid, self-obsessed and a genius. An enlightened rock-star!
Do you have a pet?
Two cats. Puddle and Poppy. They are free to collect at any time.
Morning person or night owl?
Sort of both. It’s the middle of the day I find tough.
Your proudest moment?
I once beat Padraig Harrington at golf. He went on to win the British Open.
Spendthrift or saver?
Spendthrift. Food, booze and books!
Name one thing you would improve in your area in which you live?
A lovely neighbourhood park and no freaking traffic noise.
What makes you happy?
Running. I know this, yet pulling on the runners seems ever harder.
How would you like to be remembered?
As Cork’s renaissance elected mayor! Scratch that... great dad!
What else are you up to at the moment?
We’ve recently opened a new Cork focused bookshop, print gallery (with Cork Print Makers) and map room here at Nano Nagle Place. Swing by and check it out!
See https://nanonagleplace.ie/ for more