Twenty quick questions with…Eoin Donnelly of Lily O’Brien’s

Eoin Donnelly
Eoin Donnelly

Eoin Donnelly of Lily O'Brien's answers our quick-fire questions



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16 April 2015

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1. Do you breakfast or ‘deskfast’ in the mornings?               

Breakfast – even if that is only a coffee….New Year’s resolution was to breakfast better.

2. How do you get to work?

I live in a small village not too far from Lily O’Brien’s HQ (“Chocolate Central”) in Newbridge, so I drive – it’s about a 15 minute commute.

3. Favourite time of the day?

It varies depending on when we get to do our new product chocolate and dessert tastings!

4. Best ad on telly?         

Volvo – From “Sweden not Hollywood” set of ads.

5. Worst ad on telly?

Any that have nothing to say except price discounting/commodity pricing.

6. Best new product (outside of the brands you represent)?

3D printers

7. How do you get your news; print or web?

Online for news from a few different sources as soon as I am awake.

8. Favourite grocery shop?

Donnybrook Fair

9. International product you would like to see available in Ireland?

Trader Joe’s or Wholefoods Market – two unique and pretty excellent retail concepts from our friends across the Atlantic.

10. Facebook or twitter?

Facebook for me, great for keeping in touch with friends from around the world. We have over 70,000 chocolate fans on our Lily O’Brien’s page and they do like to, at the very least, see pictures of what’s new even if they can’t taste them!

11. Favourite website?

“McGargles – Irish Family Brewers”, simple but fun.

12. Favourite politician?

I think I have to go with Senator Mary-Ann O’Brien. 🙂

13. Most annoying public figure?

The list is too long.

14. Biggest fear?

Munster beating Leinster (it divides my home).

15. Greatest achievement to date?

Raising two great kids – my son Aaron and my daughter Alanna (both studying hard in college – I hope).

16. Favourite quote?

I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member (Groucho Marx).

17. Cash or card?


18. Pop or rock?             


19. What’s the best thing about living in Ireland?

Apart from the obvious in terms of welcoming and friendly people and a safe place to bring up children, we have also been very much at the forefront for ongoing improvements – smoking ban, bags for life to reduce plastic bags, etc.

20. What’s the last compliment you received?

“You are very like your dad”, can’t get better than that.



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