Name: Robert Quinlan

Store: Clonmel


  • What are your interests and hobbies:

My interests? Playing football, fly fishing, going to concerts and spending time with my family and dogs.

  • Have you any hidden talent or unique skill:

I can wiggle my ears!

  • Do you volunteer with a charity and if so why that charity:

Since 2013 me and my wife run a charity music gig over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend called Dlash@DGlash! We run it for 2 charities each year, Pieta House and a local charity to home. We have raised over €22k! We had to cancel it this year but plan on holding it later on in the year.

  • Why did you choose to work with Maxi Zoo:

I always loved animals and coming from working with Toymaster it was a very different challenge to what I had done.

  • What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do:

Working with Maxi Zoo allows me to meet other animal lovers and play with dogs, it’s like therapy. I also love the fish house, I have a large tank at home myself and it’s very therapeutic to watch the fish.

  • What is your greatest life or career achievement:

Together with my old boss from Toymaster we cycled two specialized Berg Go-Karts from Clonmel to Nenagh, over 90k(2 marathons) to raise money for Crumlin children’s hospital, we raised €15000. I also played soccer for Tipp

  • What motivates you:

Providing for my family and enjoying the little thing like a beer and a warm night.

  • When are you at your happiest/How do you like to switch off:

When I am at home with my family or watching movies

  • Who has been the biggest influence on your life:

My parents and one of my old employers Michael Cleary.

  • What is your favourite Maxi Zoo memory:

No question it was Maxifest, an event that was run a number of years ago by Maxi Zoo to celebrate 10 years operating in Ireland. It was one of the best nights I ever had with friends and colleagues.

  • Have you any pets? If so what breed and name:

I have a large Tropical fish tank at home and 2 dogs. Bella is a Terrier and Skye is a British Bulldog.

  • Tell us the funniest thing your pets does?

Skye snores like a trombone.

  • How does your pet make you laugh?

Skye sulks when she doesn’t get what she wants, she also sits in front of the stove like it’s a TV and falls over when she nods to sleep.

  • Did you adopt your pet? Do you know his/her story?

Both our dogs are rescues of sorts, Bella was got as a puppy and was going to be got rid of by the owner, we got Skye from a lady in Limerick who couldn’t manage her anymore.