Fionn has been a tour guide at the Irish Whiskey Museum since 2017 and is now part of the furniture! He joined the IWM after training as a tour guide in a Viking attraction and loves teaching people history, storytelling and cracking jokes! You may already recognise Fionn, as he has appeared on the Late Late Show for us recommending his favourite whiskeys!
Why did you want to start working as a tour guide?
My first tour for the whiskey museum was May 2017. Truth be told, when I started out I didn’t have a wealth of whiskey knowledge. I had a script and the kindness of my new co-workers answering my endless stream of questions. But thankfully I was in my element once I got in front of the tourists. Before I knew it, I had my own rhythm and eventually my own tour, distinct in its cadence, pace and jokes.
What’s your favourite thing about working as a tour guide?
My favourite thing about being a tour guide is that I’m basically a professional geek. I’ve always had an annoying habit of talking endlessly about my favourite films, artists and games, and now I’ve made a career of it. My job is to be knowledgeable on a subject and to share that knowledge with people excited to hear it. There’s always more to learn and share with people, which keeps me endlessly entertained.
Do you have a favourite whiskey story?
One of my favourite stories to tell tourists is The Whiskey Fire of Dublin. In 1875 a great fire broke out in The Liberties and set the streets ablaze, igniting a stream of alcohol that threatened the whole district with a terrifying inferno. Although the fire was responded to swiftly, it still claimed the lives of 13 locals. Just maybe not in the way you might expect it to…
What’s your favourite whiskey?
My favourite whiskey- and I doubt I’m alone in saying this- is Power’s John’s Lane. It’s a 12-year-old pot still whiskey aged in a mix of bourbon, sherry, and virgin Iberian oak barrels. It’s everything I look for in luxury whiskey: smooth and weighty, balanced against a perfect mix of heavy, earthy tones and spice. It’s widely available in Ireland but incredibly rare outside of the country. Definitely one to try if you’re here visiting Dublin (and one to adopt if you’re a local).
Want to meet Fionn? Book a tour at the Irish Whiskey Museum here.