My Weekend: Adventure was always on our doorstep

Race Director for Volvo Cork Week 2020. Ross Deasy, is Associate Director in Valuations at Ernst and Young
My Weekend: Adventure was always on our doorstep
Ross Deasy.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I enjoyed a fairly idyllic Cork childhood, growing up in Crosshaven with three brothers. The house overlooked the beach and out toward Roches Point so adventure was literally on our doorstep. During the holidays we’d only come home from days out adventuring when we were hungry!

I got into sailing early and the Royal Cork Yacht Club featured prominently in my early life. I worked there, sailed there, and even met the girl who would later become my wife there. In my twenties I moved to London to pursue a career in finance, but after spending 14 years on that hamster wheel it was time to come home. London is an amazing city but my wife Alvin and I now had the needs of two small boys, Youen, now aged aged seven and Isaac, now aged five, to consider.

In 2016 I returned to take up a new role with EY in Cork and also volunteered as Race Director for Cork Week 2018 – it felt only right to give something back. The 2018 event was a great success and we’ve got some really special plans for Cork Week 2020, which will also mark the tri-centennial of the RCYC’s founding in 1720.

My wife and I both felt we had changed in our time living abroad but what proved remarkable was how much Cork had also changed in the interim. It’s now a small city with a truly global attitude. The transition hasn’t been easy, but after three years we think can finally say we’re home.

What is your ideal way to spend a Friday night?

Sometimes I do manage a quick pint after work to start the weekend, but generally Friday nights are spent at home with a glass of wine, catching up on the week just gone and planning the weekend ahead.

At the launch of AIB and Port of Cork’s sponsorship of Cork300, which will celebrate the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s 300th anniversary and Cork’s maritime haven with a series of events accross the harbour in 2020: L to R., (Back Row) Denis O’Callaghan, Head of Distribution AIB, Sara McKeown, Port of Cork, Eoin Gunn, AIB, Ross Deasy, Cork300, Kathryn Lynch, AIB, Donal Crowley, CFO Port of Cork, Paul O’Regan, COOPort of CorkPeter O’Shaughnessy, Head of HR Port of Cork, Orla Keane, Cork300, Gavin Deane, Royal Cork Yacht Club, John Geagan, Port of Cork. Front Row Left to Right, John O’Doherty AIB, John Mullins, Chairman Port of Cork,Colin Hunt, CEO AIB, Colin Moorehead, Chairman Cork 300, Hilary Gormley, Head of Business Banking AIB, Pat Farnan, Admiral RoyalCork Yacht Club and Conor Mowlds, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Cork. Picture: Tony O’Connell.
At the launch of AIB and Port of Cork’s sponsorship of Cork300, which will celebrate the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s 300th anniversary and Cork’s maritime haven with a series of events accross the harbour in 2020: L to R., (Back Row) Denis O’Callaghan, Head of Distribution AIB, Sara McKeown, Port of Cork, Eoin Gunn, AIB, Ross Deasy, Cork300, Kathryn Lynch, AIB, Donal Crowley, CFO Port of Cork, Paul O’Regan, COOPort of CorkPeter O’Shaughnessy, Head of HR Port of Cork, Orla Keane, Cork300, Gavin Deane, Royal Cork Yacht Club, John Geagan, Port of Cork. Front Row Left to Right, John O’Doherty AIB, John Mullins, Chairman Port of Cork,Colin Hunt, CEO AIB, Colin Moorehead, Chairman Cork 300, Hilary Gormley, Head of Business Banking AIB, Pat Farnan, Admiral RoyalCork Yacht Club and Conor Mowlds, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Cork. Picture: Tony O’Connell.

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

Up with the lark most days, either because of work or because my boys are ready to take on the world at the crack of dawn. I do like the idea of an early start, I just wish I was better at going to bed at a reasonable hour!

Does work creep into your weekend at all?

Sometimes work can creep in, despite my best intentions. I find the traditional boundaries between work and personal life have been broken down by technology. When everyone is expected to be instantly reachable it’s a challenge to properly switch off.

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

A proper grown-up weekend escape with my wife would be wonderful. Somewhere like Vienna for a few days of lazy mornings, meandering city walks, good food, a bit of culture, and lots of sleep.

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

I always feel better by the ocean or in the mountains. Ireland’s west coast offers both and is very accessible from Cork. I’m particularly fond of Bantry and the Beara peninsula, it is spectacular.

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

Absolutely. It’s one of the main reasons we returned to Cork. As we all have small children now, we usually try to find an excuse to meet friends or family for a walk somewhere like Tramore Park or Currabinny Woods – any excuse for hot chocolate afterwards really.

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

I’ve been a lifelong sailor and continue to race whenever I can. Right now I’m busily involved in the planning of Cork300. The Royal Cork Yacht Club was founded in 1720 and is recognised as the oldest in the world. The club was originally founded by Cork merchants who traded globally from Cork harbour at that time, so 2020 will recognise 300 years of rich maritime history for the whole harbour and the communities around it. The program of events planned for next year will bring sailors and mariners from around the world to celebrate that history.

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

I love to entertain, and hosting friends is always a weekend highlight. This time of year I tend to experiment with slow-cooked dishes, like a 24-hour beef chilli.

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

The restaurant options in Cork city are excellent so we’re really spoilt for choice - family brunch in Crawford & Co, lunch at Blackrock Castle, dinner and a movie at the Montenotte Hotel.

During the week, a coffee at the Bookshelf is always worth escaping the office for.

Sunday night comes around too fast, how do you normally spend it?

Sunday is usually spent trying to pack as much into the weekend as possible. When it all gets too much it’s a great excuse to pick up a takeaway, put the kids to bed, and enjoy a quiet hour on the couch. Monday will be here quick enough.

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

The alarm goes off at 6.40am, and it’s the start of a brand new week.

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