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Cllr Mick Finn, Lord Mayor of Cork

Thursday, 2nd August, 2018 10:05am

Name and position: Mick Finn, Lord Mayor of Cork (on career break as Youth Officer with Cork Education and Training Board (Cork ETB)

Age: 46

Lives: Friars Walk

Family:  Mum Marie, two brothers Tim and Paul, one sister Catherine. Single-ish.

Pets: None unfortunately, but love dogs

Favourite thing about Cork: Great nature of genuine people

Least favourite thing about Cork: Litter and graffiti

One thing you’d change about Cork: Improve access to mental health services for young people

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up?

A bishop or Lord Mayor!

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

I worked as a journalist/editor for ten years in Ireland and Australia. I also worked as a GAA coach in schools for four years, as an Oireachtas assistant for one and a half years, and with the School Completion Programme for ten years. I am currently taking a year out from working as Youth Officer with Cork ETB to work as Lord Mayor of Cork city. I have been an elected City Councillor for nine years.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

Trying to solve problems for people.

What motivates you?

Improving people’s lives in Cork, which in turn strengthens Cork.

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?

Keep going as you’re going.

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing?


What is your greatest life or career achievement to-date?

Becoming the first non-party Lord Mayor of Cork since 1945.

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

My parents, my family and Bro Ben Cusack at Sullys’ Quay.

What is the life dream now?

To leave Cork city in a better place and to travel again to Australia.

How do you switch off?

Listening to music – everything from Calum Scott to Frank Sinatra.

What is your favourite Cork memory?

Cork winning the hurling and football double in 1990.

What is your favourite place in Cork?

Barrack Street and Garretstown.

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

“It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with what you have.”

When are you at your happiest?

When the sun is out, watching hurling or playing links golf.

Any regrets?

None whatsoever.

What is your hidden talent?

Cooking. I’d say dancing, but I’d be demolished!

What might we be surprised to know about you?

I was in ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’ and I have one of the biggest Frank Sinatra collections in Ireland.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

Cork is the centre of the universe – let’s be proud of it. And it’s always better to be positive than negative for the sake of it. Also, people should put more into volunteering than into Facebook or Twitter. Everyone benefits from volunteering.

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