Ever since I was really young, I wanted to cut hair … and when I scored an apprenticeship at a local barber shop, it was a dream come true for me. He was a great barber and mentor who, upon taking me under his wing, helped shape my future by imparting his incredible knowledge upon me. Sometime later, having completed my apprenticeship and having worked in a number of other barber shops in Ireland, the time came for me to quench my thirst for travel. I had always wanted to travel to Australia ever since I was a little boy, and I couldn’t wait to arrive in Australia and experience its uniqueness and charm.
In November 1999 I began working at the iconic Gowings Barber shop in George Street. I was very lucky to experience working in such a historic Sydney landmark and I revelled in every moment, lapping up the stories from the barbers and customers alike of Sydney life, past and present.
A few years later I met the girl of my dreams and both of us seeing a good opportunity, we packed our bags for the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW. We fell in love with the area and immediately began making it our home.
I had discovered Crackers Barbershop was for sale and was immediately sucked in by its old school charm and felt like I belonged there. It feels like such an honour and a privilege to be involved in such an iconic part of the area. Crackers Barber Shop is almost 100 years old, and I love the fact that I am part of its history. If only the walls could talk, I would love to hear their stories. Moving forward to 2014, there is no looking back. Having welcomed a third little boy to the family last September, our roots are firmly planted. Maybe in the future Crackers and sons will form the next chapter of Crackers history. Who knows? But for now, I’ll just enjoy the ride.
74 manning street, tuncurry, nsw 2428
(02) 6555 9258