Heritage, Pubs and a Splash of Whiskey
Heritage is really about what you bring to the community that is from your soul. Creative work is what keeps heritage alive.
When people come back from Ireland, the two things they say are, "It's beautiful, and the people are so friendly." That is significant in terms of the heritage and the culture of a place.
You can find an Irish pub anywhere, and I think they are successful for the reason that they are gathering spots.
I don't know how you can have innovation without imagination. Imagination is about what sort of world you want to create for people.
George Bernard Shaw said, "An Irish person is nothing if not their imagination."
The pub, the public house—or as I call it, the egalitarian gathering spot—were people's own houses back in the 1700s and 1800s. They became the community centers.
I've never had a creative idea over a cup of coffee. I was awake, but no creative ideas... How do you think all these rock bands got these great songs and albums? You think it was from drinking coffee?