PATRICK Dwan is 28 years old – born in Cork but grew up in Bunmahon, Co. Waterford. He currently lives in Waterford city with his fiancé and two kids Harper (age 4) and Noah (age 3). Patrick is the manager of Mattress Mick’s in Waterford, which is open one year this week.
Life in a day
First coffee! Then I start into our morning routine with the kids, sorting breakfast and lunches and setting off for school drops. After the school run I head to Mattress Mick’s to open up shop and start our day. My days are busy and always different. Most typical days I start off with another coffee and working through my emails. Replying to clients and customers and catching up with our great team. I then start organising for our day. Checking deliveries, collections or stock levels and making orders for new products for the store. I check our social media pages, stories or posts/ competitions or reply to customers queries. I usually have a meeting to catch up with other staff members and liaise with our other managers or check in with our other store in Carlow. I’m constantly trying to think of new or innovative ways we can improve quality and efficiency within our business and also thinking of great ways we can improve our customers’ experience with us. At the end of my day, I check in with my team and set us up for another busy day ahead
What school did you go to?
St. Declan’s Community College in Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford.
What teacher do you remember most vividly?
That would probably be Mr. Walsh, he was a funny and charismatic character. He would have been a fairly strict teacher but in the same breath he always had the class in stitches. His classes were always enjoyable.
What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?
To soak in and appreciate living with the seaside at my doorstep. As a kid it was more a hindrance living so far from the city and friends. I would tell myself to enjoy it more, go swimming or fishing with my dad on his boat. And just enjoy the benefits of living by the seaside with such a close knit family home, it was a great place to grow up.
How do you relax?
I love to be by the sea, during the summer months I like to pick dilisk, a typical Irish seaweed, which has been passed down through my family for decades and it would be a part of my family’s heritage. I love going for a long run in all sorts of weather too. Something about fresh air and a good podcast always helps me unwind and relax such as The 2 Johnnies. If I have free time I love delving into a good book , a nice walk in the park with my kids or a good binge on Netflix with my fiancé.
What is your favourite film and piece of music?
I love a good Irish oldie like Angela’s Ashes or a classic comedy like Big Daddy. Perfect Storm is probably my all-time favourite though. The movie itself definitely connects with my childhood growing up with a family full of fishermen. As for my favourite song I love all sorts of genres from Gerry Cinnamon, Oasis or Dermot Kennedy, but my absolute favourite would have to be Mr. Jones by Counting Crows – it’s an absolute belter.
When was the last time you cried?
I don’t think I cry often, however I definitely can be a bit of an emotional guy at times mainly when it comes to my family. More recently it was over a health scare one of my family members endured, always makes me appreciate time and moments spent with people more than ever.
What has been your happiest moment of recent times?
I take a lot of pride in my job and love seeing the company grow and improve or expand, we are growing at such a rapid pace and progressing so well, I love being a part of it all and I’m excited to see where we can bring it and what our next step will be. We recently opened a new store in Carlow and it’s been fantastic to be a part of helping it begin, watching it grow and flourish and seeing it become such a great addition to the company. It’s very exciting to see what the future will hold for our company. Outside of work it has been amazing watching my kids hit new mile stones – like their first day in school, and getting to watch them grow everyday into amazing little kids.
Do you pray?
No, not really, I read a book called The Secret and it’s all about the law of attraction. It’s probably the closest thing to praying for me.
What is your biggest fear?
I suppose my biggest fear is a basic one – age. I fear getting older and how fast time seems to run by. I do my best to be mindful and present in everyday life and to soak up and appreciate every moment.
What is your most treasured possession?
I think for me its two things, a basic thing would have to be my earphones, I can’t go for a run without them. And a more sentimental item for me would be a very old mug I have, it belonged to my grandmother and it’s the best mug for a cup of tea.
What is your favourite thing about living in Waterford?
Where to start! Well for starters the fact that we are the oldest city in Ireland, the heritage of that can still be seen within the city. I love the fact that we are a coastal city with such a vast amount of amazing beaches to choose from and all are on our door step. I also have to say I love the Comeragh mountains, it’s such a beautiful, unique spot with so many amazing views.
If you could change one thing about Waterford, what would it be?
I don’t think I could change much. But I would love to see more nature walks similar to the Anne Valley walk, Waterford Greenway or the Dunmore cliff walk.
In conversation with Darren Skelton