Daithi manages Stathams Bar by Pembroke Kilkenny. Originally from Ferrybank, County Waterford, he has being living in Kilkenny for seven years. After working in a variety of New York’s best bars, Daithi brings his unique skills to Kilkenny creating one of the best cocktail experiences Kilkenny has ever seen.
What's your idea of a perfect day, or perfect weekend out in Kilkenny?
I love a good dry day walking around the Castle grounds and just seeing everyone sit around enjoying the weather and the grounds. I often sit on the parade listening to the buskers and I enjoy the tourist’s reaction to the various acts you can find there. I like to drop in to meet a few locals normally in Louie’s backyard to have an auld argument over hurling or the fact that
Ferrybank is in Waterford not Kilkenny.
Who has made the greatest contribution to Kilkenny in you lifetime- and why?
I’m sure there has been many great contributions made in this city through out the years but in my short time here, I’ve noticed first hand the great work of the blue light committee. If anyone ever has the chance to attend the blue light ball, it shows just how much work they put into different causes around the county.
What's your first Kilkenny memory?
My first memory of Kilkenny is hearing my father, a Waterford man, say ‘Next year we’ll beat them’. Heard that for a lot of years unfortunately!
What's your favourite part of the county- and why?
My favourite place in Kilkenny is Gowran Park. I’m a keen race goer and it’s a terrific track that’s extremely well run. I get the free shuttle bus from the castle and I personally love the evening meetings during the summer. It’s such a lovely setting out there.
What do you think gives Kilkenny its unique identity?
One of the first things I noticed when I came here was how strong the local business networks are. It was almost a shock to me to see. To see every kind of business come together and say how can we showcase Kilkenny and how can we create business is fantastic.
Do you have a favourite local writer or author?
As for authors, when I’m not looking for new and inspiring cocktail recipe books, I am into my crime novels. I have nearly every John Grisham book out there!
What's the biggest challenge facing the county today?
With tourism being so influential to this city, the new tax rates are going to have some serious implications on business’s both in the city and county. The next couple of years will be testing for all in the service industry.
If you had the power to change one thing in, or about Kilkenny, what would it be?
If I had the power, there would be less roadwork’s on Patrick Street and a suitable secure bus park for all the coaches that come into the city.