A Telecoms Consultant with HCS, Mick Foley has been married for married for 36 years to Cathy, who is a Toll Supervisor on the N25 Waterford City Bypass. They have two adult children – Matthew (30) and Megan (27) and live in Kill Saint Lawrence with their four-legged friend, the delightfully named Pippa Puppy! Mick served his time as a Telecoms Technician with Eir before setting up Fixaphone, his own telecommunications company in 2004 which he successfully managed for nearly 20 years until it recently became part of the HCS Group of companies. Said Mick: “We look upon this as a golden opportunity to combine our expertise enabling us to provide our customers with a level of service which will provide both continuity and futureproofing in the ever-changing world of global communications and thereby accelerate the growth of the company. A marriage made in Heaven!”
A Life in a Day
I normally rise at 6am, look after Pippa Puppy and then have the first coffee of the day while catching the morning news followed by a 30-minute workout in Foley’s Gym Bar (only in Ireland, I know!) which was built during the lockdown.
My new role with HCS is varied and can range from site surveys, sales, Research and Development, Engineering, Installations or Project management. I would describe myself as a people’s person so out of the office suits me best.
With the ever-changing world of communications, no two days are the same at HCS and with the upcoming deregulation of the copper network, we are proactive in providing solutions to both our existing and future customers, by combining our wealth of knowledge we can offer a true unified communications solution.
What school did you go to?
Mount Sion CBS
What teacher do you remember most vividly?
John Kelleher or as we used to call him Steve (the cool clean hero) Legend. He’s the only man I have ever seen that could hold a book with both hands and still manage to give you a red ear without dropping the book.
What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?
Live according to your conscience and go with your gut.
How do you relax?
I am an avid golfer and have enjoyed trekking the comeraghs a knee injury has kept me away for a while, but I will be back.
What is your favourite film and piece of music?
‘Papillon’ which is the only film I have seen more than once. Music wise, anything from ‘Phantom of the Opera’.
When was the last time you cried?
Just after completing a 23-day trek in the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp and Island Peak in 2017 knowing that we had raised vital funds for two local charities.
What has been your happiest moment of recent times?
Seeing one of my best friends’ children walk unaided after life changing surgery, having been involved in the fund raiser for the surgery to see this result was inspirational.
Do you pray?
Yes, and believe in the life hereafter and that those that have passed on are forever close.
What is your biggest fear?
Snakes – end of – but I don’t know why.
What is your most treasured possession?
I know they’re not possessions given the conventional definition of the word but it would have to be my family and friends. Without them, everything is meaningless.
What is your favourite thing about Waterford?
The people, we have had so many characters over the years, and we have a built-in can-do attitude which I love.
If you could change one thing about Waterford, what would it be?
The city has lost its sense of accessibility especially for the elderly planning needs to be looked at as a matter of urgency. I also feel that we need to be able to display our heritage properly given our status as the oldest city in Ireland.
In conversation with Dermot Keyes