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Michael O’Shea, Senior Sales Manager, Johnson and Perrott - Jaguar and Land Rover

Wednesday, 26th September, 2018 4:30pm

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

I have always wanted to be involved in the motor trade. I was always into cars, we used to changed cars a lot, and I was just always interested.

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

I have over 35 years of experience in the motor trade industry. I started out in sales with Turners Cross Motors, now MSL Cork Mercedes-Benz, before moving to O’Brien’s of Tallow, who held the franchise for Mercedes Audi VW and Mazda.

In 1995, I became a partner in Melbourne Motors, but I took the opportunity to move to Kearys in 2004, where I worked with the BMW brand until my recent appointment at Johnson and Perrott Jaguar and Land Rover.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

Meeting people and dealing with the same people and their families over and over again.

What motivates you?

Family, it’s by far the most important thing for me.

What advice would you give your 15 year old self?

I suppose it would be to work hard, and to enjoy life.

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

We have a family background in pubs; my father owned three pubs in Cork, as well as some shops, over the years, so I would probably be a publican.

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

I can’t pick just one, there’s too many to mention.

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

My father.

What is the life dream now?

To stay healthy and to keep enjoying what I am doing.

How do you switch off?

I enjoy walking and boating down in West Cork.

What is your favourite Cork memory?

The Tall Ships visit to Cork in 1991.

What is your favourite place in Cork?

Schull. We have a holiday home there, and we go down during the summer and spend a fortnight there in August. We try to go down as often as we can, but it’s not easy when you work Saturdays.

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

I’ll get back to you on that one.

When are you at your happiest?

With all my family together in Schull.

Any regrets?


What is your hidden talent?

I can’t say - it’s hidden!

What might we be surprised to know about you?

I worked briefly for CIE as bus driver previously.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

Nope, that’s it.

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