Under the Simply Spotlight: St.Patrick’s Day Episode

Under the Simply Spotlight

Episode 3

By Barry Donnelly

So we have a special edition of Under the Simply Spotlight this week. With St.Patrick’s Day coming up ☘️🇮🇪 🍀 , we wanted to put one of our Irish employees Under the Simply Spotlight. This was a tough task deciding who to interview this week.  We have 6 Irish employees in total and 5 of them in our Vancouver location and as they are Irish, they are not shy when it comes to talking. So it came down to who shouted the loudest and so Amy will be Under the Simply Spotlight this week.

When and where were you born?
I was born in 1988 in Dublin, Ireland. I grew up in a small seaside town called Rush, which is just outside the city.

What was your first job?
I suppose babysitting for family, although it was more an internship because I never got paid. :/

What’s your current position?
Customer service at our Vancouver store.

How long have you been in this position?
I have been in this position for just over a year.

What was your job before working at Simply Computing?
Customer service for Harvey Norman Ireland. They are an Australian company who sell furniture, bedding, computer and electrical products.

What is your favourite product in the store right now?
Any Sonos product, I love the sound quality and how easy they are to use. The Sonos app is very easy to use and I love how it can integrate my Spotify playlists.

Favourite thing about working with Simply?
The friendly atmosphere. It makes it a lot easier to come to work when everyone gets along so well.

3 words you would use to describe working at Simply Computing
Fun, educational and enjoyable

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

What music are you listening to right now?
Rag n’ bone man, he is a new artist from England.

What is your most memorable travel experience?
Going to Italy on an art trip with my school when I was 16. We had a group of 40 students and a few teachers. We went for a week and travelled to a lot of different cities and towns. It was a great experience, we even got to visit Michelangelo’s David.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Drinking coffee and hangout with friends. FaceTime my friends & family in Ireland.

If you could possess one super power, what would it be?
Oh at the moment it would have to be the ability to control the weather (like Storm in X-Men) Vitamin D for everyone ☀️😎☀️

What is your favourite food from back home?
Oh there is so many but I really miss my Nana’s stew, I can make a good stew but its not my Nana’s

What are your plans to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day this year?
Well I will be working for it this year, but I will make up for lost time after 6pm. I will be up early on Saturday morning to watch the Irish rugby team compete against England. On Saturday night I will be going to a Ceili. (Ceili is a party with Irish music, some dancing and normally a lot of singing)

What is your favourite Irish artist/song?
The Dubliners and the Wolfetones are my favourite traditional Irish music. The Coronas are my favourite Irish band at the moment.

What Irish phrase would you encourage people to use during the celebrations this weekend?
Sláinte (SLAN-CHA), it means Good health and is normally used as a drinking toast.

Thanks Amy for telling us about yourself. I am sure there are lots of people who wish they could have that superpower at the moment. While it may be some time before we see the sun, we have a guarantee that we will see 50 shades of Green this weekend!

Here are some other popular Irish phrases to help you get into the spirit of St.Patrick’s Day.
  • Conas atá tú? (Kun-is a-thaw-two) meaning How are you?
  • You will most likely be greeted with this response. Tá mé go maith (Thaw may go mah) meaning  I am good.
  • Go Raibh Maith agat (Guh rev mah a-gut). This is bit of a mouthful but literally means May you have goodness but more commonly recognized as Thank You.
  • Tá fáilte romhat (taw FAWL-cheh ROH-ut) meaning You’re welcome.
I would like to wish everybody, Lá fhéile Pádraig sona duit ((Law aye-la Par-ick sun-a dit) meaning Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. I hope you all have a great weekend. Oh and if you happen to come across any Irish people ask them what their favourite Irish phrase from school is!!!