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Behind Every Face, There’s Another Discovery.

Joan Fitzgerald

Joan works at Garvey’s Supervalu in Dingle Town

What is the first thing that you notice about a person?

Their smile

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

Where I live without a doubt.

What’s the most spontaneous thing you have ever done

Decided on the 2nd March 2020 that going to Nashville was a great idea, Booked it on the 3rd March for December 2020 now its fingers crossed it will go ahead

What was the most favourite fairy tale growing up?

All of them. My grandmother gave me a HUGE Grimm's book with all the original fairy-tales not all were happily ever after and I read that book till it fell to pieces.

What did you think was cool then, when you were young but isn’t cool now?

Hangovers. Even thinking about drinking too much now can make me feel like I have one

What is something that seemed like a good idea at the time?

Canoeing in a river in Alaska, it would probably have been fine if there was just two of us but there were three of us and in we all got and needless to say the canoe sank, I still cringe when I think of it as I panicked because I cannot swim and really all I had to do was put my feet down.

What movie can you watch over and over again?

Dirty Dancing. 

What makes you feel young?

Music music music.

What’s the best meal you have ever had?

Each and every Christmas dinner my mother makes. Cant be beat as far as I'm concerned

What is the coolest thing you own? 

An Autographed ticket by Ashley McBryde

What food combination do you want to ban?

Pineapple on Pizza. 

What’s your favourite art work? 

A picture my Mother took of my son for her camera class."Pickingapples"

Favourite or most inspirational place?

Alaska in June when it has 24 hrs daylight.

What’s the favourite part of your job?

Without a Doubt the customers. 

Joan Fitzgerald
Joan’s son picking apples – a photo by her mother

You can visit Joan at Garvey’s Supervalu in Dingle the next time you stay at Pax House or visit her website at

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