My Year - Declan Furlong

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My Year - Declan Furlong

What was your personal highlight of 2017?

The support, respect and trust that our patrons have shown in us throughout the year.

Did you achieve all you wanted to achieve in 2017?

Probably not, but I achieved as much as I possibly could, nonetheless.

What was your biggest disappointment/regret of 2017?

Having had to put our 2 German Pointers to sleep. One in March and one in October.

What was the greatest challenge you faced in 2017?

The flooding of Mountmellick on November 22nd.

What was a standout moment for you in 2017 in the cultural sphere

The release of the album” Elwan” by African band Tinarawin.

Who was the standout personality for you in 2017?

Boxer Vasyl Lomachenko.

He might just be one of the greatest of all time.

What are your goals/ambitions for 2018?

I’m looking forward to us reopening our doors at The Hare's Restaurant in early January and to continuously improve on everything that we do.

I also aim to further develop the offsite catering arm of our business.

What is on your 'To Do' list in 2018?

It is my intention to publish a book of poetry in Spring. Now, there, I’ve said it; there’s no going back!!

What is your biggest fear for 2018?

The narcissistic sociopathy of Donald Trump and the dark forces that operate within his ranks.

Aside from yourself who would you like to see be successful in 2018?

I would love to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller succeed in destroying the Trump presidency.

What sporting event would you most like to attend in 2018?

A Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final featuring Federer & Nadal (not asking for much)!

What cultural event would you most like to attend in 2018?

The Brad Mehldau Trio concert in Dublin next May.

Who you you say is 'One to Watch' in 2018?

The boxer Michael Conlan. I think he’ll be a world champion before the year is out.

A “must watch” has to be Katie Taylor unifying the titles in Croke Park in April!

What are your hopes for Laois in 2018?

Keeping things local, I hope that Laois County Council act on the submission of Yarnbombing Mountmellick (to the pre-draft stage of the Area Plan, 2018-2024) regarding the establishment of a 3rd Level College of Textiles at The Maltings in Mountmellick.

A countrywide skills shortage would be addressed and our town would be re-energised as a result.