Darragh Berry: ‘I interviewed Colm Cooper for local newspaper at 15 & I knew journalism was for me.’
The new Dublin Live editor on the three pubs he intends on going to when they re-open, his most treasured possession and how he switches off from work.
What was your first job?
Fencing fields with my dad. Lots of barbed wire cuts while getting soaked to the skin in a field in the middle of nowhere in Mayo toughened me up and made me ready for the harsh comments under Dublin Live articles!
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Started off wanting to be David Beckham or Ciaran McDonald, then it moved onto Noel Gallagher but I interviewed Colm Cooper for the local newspaper at the age of 15 and I knew journalism was for me.
Best story you’ve come across in journalism (yours or someone else’s)?
Gus’ and GOC’s ‘The Immaculate Deception’ will be hard bet but Cormac’s interview with the powerwash man who Gardai mistook for a shooter is a very close second
Who would your fantasy dinner guest(s) be and why?
I’d invite Roy Keane and Mick McCarthy and get to the bottom of it once and for all - we’d have to eat with plastic knives just in case.
How do you switch off from work?
I try and switch off by watching either Mayo or Manchester United play ball but they end up making me more stressed than work! If I’m having a few Guinness though, it’s as good as putting the phone on airplane mode.
When it's safe to do so, what will be the first bar you head to and the first drink you will order?
Three pubs: The Two Sisters in Terenure; McEvilly's in Killawalla, Mayo and Taaffes Bar in Galway city
Three drinks: Guinness, Jameson, Jagerbomb
GAA or soccer?
GAA all the way - once you’re not watching defensive Ulster football, you’ll never have a boring game - sorry Belfast Live!
Facebook or Twitter?
Phone call or text?
What is your favourite meal?
I spend 6 days of the week eating and exercising as best I can so I can get a takeaway on one night of the week - the Spice Bag from Xian Street Food near Stephen’s Green is the job.
Where is your happy place? (Location)
Copper Face Jacks or the Castlecourt nightclub in Westport - on the top floor of either at 2am.
The movie you last watched?
I watched Scarface for the first time ever recently, I’m ashamed of that fact because it’s such a classic.
What is your most treasured possession?
I met Paul Scholes after my first United game ever. We were on the same plane back to Ireland and he signed my United jersey which my dad had just bought for me that weekend in the Megastore at Old Trafford.
Needless to say it was £60 down the drain because it hasn’t been worn since for fear of losing the precious ink!
What would your superpower be?
A third-hand would be useful!
Driven so demented at home that you’d nearly miss Costa Del Parkwest.
To the audience: You should make Dublin Live a part of your day because… We’re first for breaking news, great exclusives and interviews and are the Google Search equivalent for Dublin...and if you don’t I won’t be editor for long. So please, for me?