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Biography : Daniel was born in London in 1952 to Irish born parents. They both came from Monkstown, a pretty village on Cork harbour about eight miles from Cork city. It was here that he spent my first twenty summers. This wonderful experience caused him to view Ireland through rose-tinted glasses for ever more.
From about the age of ten he became aware that Ireland might be more than just a nice place to spend summer. By the time he was fourteen he had decided that he was Irish rather than English. He had no animosity towards England or English people. London has always remained his second most favourite city – after Dublin. He went to college in Moorgate. This is part of the old city of London where the financial district is located. After college, his first place of work was near St Paul’s cathedral, where they hold the royal weddings. He would often seek refuge in this church on hot humid summer days. There was no air conditioning in his work office but the thick stonework of the church always kept it cool inside. He could not afford to do that now – it costs £16.50 to get in! His next job was in the west end of the city, on Albemarle Street – near Green Park, the Ritz Hotel, Bond Street and Piccadilly. His third and final job was in Wigmore Street, near Marble Arch and at the back of Selfridges department store. Although he loved the style and grandeur of London, he never wavered in his decision to move to Dublin in 1985, at the age of thirty three.
He was 16 when I first experienced Dublin. With his parents and younger sister, he travelled from Cork to Dublin to visit his older sister, who was studying at University College Dublin. The city instantly drew him to itself and seventeen years later he finally moved there permanently. After almost 30 years in Dublin he still speaks with an English accent. Some people are surprised by this and ask why. He answers them with two words: - Henry Ford.
Henry’s father was born in Ballinscarthy, County Cork and moved to America in 1847, aged 21 years. Henry didn’t forget his Irish roots and, in 1917, he established his first purpose built production line outside of America – in Cork City.
This is where Daniel’s father got his first job, after completing his apprenticeship as a Fitter and Turner at (then H.M.) Hawlbowline Naval Dockyard School in Cobh, on Cork harbour. In the 1930’s he went to London to help Ford UK set up their first tractor production line. He worked forty years with Ford and lived in London, happily, for the rest of his life.
So that’s why he loves Dublin with an English accent.