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Declan Carey, Chairman of Cork City FC

Thursday, 31st January, 2019 8:41am

I was obsessed with technology and computers as a child. So, I always imagined I’d own some massive technology company. I was a big WWF/WWE fan growing up so that was my fall-back!

I’ve been a self-taught graphics and web designer since a young age, something I still enjoy to this day. I started volunteering for Cork City FC when I was 15 and set up their official website, and launched and maintained social media channels. I won a national award for web design in 2004, and started a computer science course in UCC in 2005 when I was 17. I left college around two weeks into my second year. It just wasn’t for me. I looked ahead and couldn’t foresee myself going through another three years or more.

I started a new career as an electrician, working for my friend’s company. I had six great years before the economic downturn and had to reassess things. I joined Amazon in 2012 and progressed to a Senior Program Manager position. I put myself forward for election to the Cork City FC board of management in 2018 and after a year on the board was elected Chairman. We have a board of seven volunteers to help steer the club to bigger and better things!

Amazon is a fast-paced working environment, with enormous opportunity to drive change. I try to apply the same thinking in my position on the CCFC board and have a keen interest in the club’s overall brand and improving our digital and online presence.

My family. My older brothers mentored me in many areas growing up, and still do to this day. My father Frank passed away after a brief illness in 2014 and he was one of my biggest supporters. He was always very proud of all his children’s achievements and that motivates me to keep going.

Find your passion and follow it. You have a long life ahead and will never know what’s around the corner, or what path you will take to reach your goals.

Probably still on a building site working as an electrician!

I won a Golden Spider (for Irish contributions to online and digital media) when I was 15 for Cork City FC’s official website. I remember travelling up on the train thinking I hadn’t a hope. It’s hard to top that one to be honest!

My parents! Always very supportive no matter what decision I took in my education or career.

Work with the board and staff to bring Cork City FC to new heights. Continue to progress within Amazon. Ensure my mother is always looked after. Buy a home with my partner and take it from there!

I enjoy travelling to Cork City FC away games. No match-night responsibilities and good to watch a game with other supporters with a loud and vocal atmosphere. I can chill out with Antoinette (no CCFC talk allowed), enjoy playing pool and having a quiet drink with my buddies. I’ve been to Las Vegas too many times (thank you Conor McGregor)! I still do a bit of graphic design, which can oddly be very relaxing!

 

What is your favourite Cork memory?

It’s a recent one, but has to be Cork City FC winning the double in 2017. When Achille Campion’s goal went in I knew we’d win the penalty shoot-out! Fantastic celebrations back in Soho with my brother Trevor, fellow City fans, the team and staff.

 

What is your favourite place in Cork?

I’m obsessed with Tung Sing restaurant in Blarney! Highly recommended. Turner's Cross is the real number one, though!

‘If you worry, you die. If you don’t worry, you die. So why worry?’

When I see the fruits of my work and bring about positive change.

Plenty! But I’ve learned from them and that’s the most important thing.

I can play the accordion. Not spectacularly, but I can manage a good few traditional Irish tunes!

I currently live a very strict and healthy diet. Healthy body, healthy mind!

Support Cork City FC! We’re a proud community club, driven by hard-working volunteers. Come out on Friday nights and take a look, and bring the kids! You won’t regret it! #CCFC84

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