If you think Suannie bears a resemblance to our CEO, you’re not wrong as Suannie is Genevieve’s niece but is often mistaken for her daughter! Suannie joined the Sheenco team for an internship in 2022 and we were delighted when she decided to stay on part time while completing her degree in Tourism at MTU in Cork. While Suannie is the youngest member of the team, she is exceedingly bright and has already shown herself to be a real asset in areas as diverse as website development, reservations and assisting at trade shows. You can contact Suannie at [email protected] or toll free on 888-674-3244. We asked Suannie to tell us a bit more about herself in her own words…
Tell me about yourself
I grew up in Dunmanus, Ireland, situated between Sheep’s Head and the Mizen Peninsula in Southwest Cork. Coming from a fishing family, I’ve always had a passion for the water, partaking in hobbies such as surfing, sailing, paddle boarding and going fishing with family and friends. Schull Community College, where I completed my leaving certificate last year, boasts a variety of activities including the Schull Harbour Sailing Club, which holds yearly team racing events which I participated in. It’s an incredible opportunity to have at your disposal! That can be taken for granted sometimes…
What are some ambitions you hope to accomplish by this time next year?
I recently finished a year-long legal administration course that included subjects that would be useful in any field I choose to pursue, such as text production and spreadsheet excel. In early 2022, I conducted work experience at Sheenco Travel and developed a bigger interest in the travel sector then I had anticipated. I applied to MTU for a degree in Tourism Management and am hoping to start there in September. With a summer internship with Sheenco Travel, I’ll be able to obtain real-world experience for the course I’ve applied to, as well as learn new skills like computer competence and improve my communication abilities.
What would be your ideal destination?
My list is so long that I don’t think I have a single preferred destination!? I’d be eager to travel from place to place and experience other cultures that are unique to me and outside my comfort zone. I believe there is so much to see and learn in this world that cannot be confined to one location!
Being 19, I haven’t had many opportunities to travel, but one place that stood out to me was an annual trip to Austria, when I went skiing with my school year. I will have to go skiing again sometime in the near future.
What’s your favorite place in Ireland?
I love Barleycove Beach, a Cork Wild Atlantic Way discovery point approaching Mizen Head, Ireland’s most Southwesterly point. It’s a large beach made up by sand dunes, from a tsunami created by the Lisbon earthquake over 250 years ago. With its simple landscape, it is one of Ireland’s most conserved beaches to protect the wildlife. The pictures don’t live up to it in person, you just have to visit. It’s hard to top living close to home!