Newry.ie

Dan Gebski interviews Sorin Lungulescu (George) from Chop Shop Barbers, St Mary's Street, Newry.

DG: We all know it is hard to start from point zero especially when you not living in your own country. Sorin (George) is the example of a Hero who had an dream and was working hard to get to where he is now. Let us find out about George and see his journey in Northern Ireland. Thank you for agreeing to take part in my project From zero to Hero.

DG: Could you tell me where you coming from? How long have you been in Newry? Why Northern Ireland?

SL: I am coming from from a Romania city called Craiova. I came to Newry about nine years ago. I have been working as a barber since I came to Newry.The reason I decided to move to Northern Ireland was I had friends from Romania in Armagh and they helped me come over. Then I discovered Newry which seemed to be better for me and I settled down in Newry .I don’t have any close family from Romania in Newry but back home I have my mother and one brother. In NewryI  live with my partner who is from Newry and we have one daughter together. 

Dan Gebsi with Sorin Lungulescu
Dan Gebsi with Sorin Lungulescu of Chop Shop Barbers.

DG: Can you tell me why barber? What made you to pick this as your career? Tell me more how did you start it all?

SL: It started back in Romania when I was 14 years old really. My cousin had opened her new hairdresser and she taughtt me how to cut the hair and I was working for her as barber for six years. I went to school in Romania during this period and got all my barber qualifications and diploma. Now in total I've been working as barber for over 15 years.

DG: I know you have a very successful barber shop in Newry called Chop Shop Barbers. Can you tell me when have you decided to open your business and was it hard to do it?

SL: I opened my barber shop nearly three years ago.  I had been walking with my partner down the street and seen this barber shop up for rent. I rang the number and had contract in my hands in space of two days. I had a dream to open my barber shop but it was only a thought in my head. So my decision was a very spontaneous one and I went for it. 

DG: Who are your employees? Could you tell me more about them? Are they local or foreign nationals?

SL: I have two employees which work in my barber shop.The full time is local barber Gary who is one of the best barbers I have ever been working with. Also I have a part time employee from Poland.

DG: You probably are aware that Newry city is a diversity city. Do you think Newry people are welcome towards foreign nationals?

SL: I think Newry city is very welcoming towards foreign nationals. And that is what i really like about this city and that is why I have choosen Newry. People are nice and they are very helpful and I have never ever had any bother at all. In fact 85% of my customers are local people and 15% are foreign nationals.

DG: Can you tell me about your biggest achievement and challenge you have had in the past? Also Do you get any support from your family and friends?

SL: One of my biggest achievement was opening the barber shop but also it was the biggest challenge at the same time. I didn't really plan to open my business but I have done it anyway. I had to use all of my savings and it was really scary at the start. The biggest challenge was to manage time between work and family. I had to work at times long hours but it had to be done and it did work. I would like to say that at the beginning when I was opening my barber shop, my partner was very supportive and I don’t think it would have happened without her help .She looked after the house and our child while I worked long hours to build my business . I have also had support from my good local friend John.

DG: What advise will you give to any foreign national person who wants to start their own business? What to do and what to avoid?

SL: Any person who consider to open any future business should have a small plan of action and dream big. Please take a chance and work towards it. Don’t think negative such as what if… what if…Just think positive and take a risk and it will work out for you. 

DG: Do you miss your country and do you think you will stay in Newry forever?

SL: I do miss my country and my family, friends, food and the good weather but I think our home is where the good feeling is while we are living at the present. That is why Newry, it is my home now. I have no plans currently to move back to my own country.

DG: Thank you George for your time in my project and wish you all only the best and good health to you and your family. Dan

SL: Thank you Dan for this interview and for considering me for your project.Thank you! George

Pin It

.

VIDEO

Gallows Hill Tunnel Newry
Gallows Hill Tunnel Newry

A unique look inside the underground tunnel at Heather Park in Newry, formerly known as Gallows Hill. The tunnel dates from the 18th century and very little is know of it's history or even where it leads. *At present the tunnel is NOT open to the public although it would be good to see it available ...

Newry BID 2019
Newry BID 2019

All you need to know about Newry Business Improvement District and what they do for Newry City

Carlingford Ferry
Carlingford Ferry

Carlingford Lough Ferry trip to Haulbowline Lighthouse

WHAT'S ON NEWRY

22Feb
Screen Shot 2020-01-30 at 14.39.25.jpg10:00AM - 04:00PM]
A Journey Through Fire - Bus Tour
Newry Museum
22Feb
Bernie Millar 1.jpg02:00PM - 05:00PM]
Bernie Millar Exhibition
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
22Feb
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Saturday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
22Feb
Screen Shot 2020-01-30 at 14.39.25.jpg10:00AM - 04:00PM]
A Journey Through Fire - Bus Tour
Newry Museum
22Feb
Bernie Millar 1.jpg02:00PM - 05:00PM]
Bernie Millar Exhibition
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
22Feb
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Saturday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
23Feb
79722270_3404969346211726_7249398921514975232_o.jpg01:00PM - 04:00PM]
Funky Wedding Fayre
Bellinis
23Feb
Bernie Millar 1.jpg02:00PM - 05:00PM]
Bernie Millar Exhibition
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
23Feb
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Sunday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
24Feb
Bernie Millar 1.jpg02:00PM - 05:00PM]
Bernie Millar Exhibition
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
24Feb
IndustryMondays_DrinksTV.jpg09:00PM - ]
Industry Mondays @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
25Feb
Bernie Millar 1.jpg02:00PM - 05:00PM]
Bernie Millar Exhibition
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
26Feb
Bernie Millar 1.jpg02:00PM - 05:00PM]
Bernie Millar Exhibition
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
27Feb
Bernie Millar 1.jpg02:00PM - 05:00PM]
Bernie Millar Exhibition
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
27Feb
Creative.jpg02:00PM - 04:00PM]
Creative Ageing - 10 Week Painting Class
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
27Feb
image002.jpg07:00PM - 09:00PM]
Meet the Author - Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde
Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail
27Feb
fa688249-85ce-4a65-b82f-f8ef5115b960.jpg07:30PM - 09:30PM]
Spring into Style
Our Lady's Grammar School
27Feb
65629719_1621056161360064_2536823631851507512_n.jpg09:00PM - ]
Thursday's at Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
28Feb
Bernie Millar 1.jpg02:00PM - 05:00PM]
Bernie Millar Exhibition
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
28Feb
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Friday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
28Feb
82743013_2781233611933701_4354826349693632512_o.jpg08:00PM - 11:00PM]
3 Bucks Left
The Phoenix
28Feb
43033649_10156365550137949_4532248029897424896_n.png09:00PM - ]
Friday @ The Bank
The Bank
29Feb
11:00AM - 03:00PM]
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auction
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auctioneers
29Feb
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Saturday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
29Feb
mccooeyscomedy.jpeg08:00PM - 11:00PM]
Biggest Wee Comedy Club in the North
McCooey's
22Feb
Screen Shot 2020-01-30 at 14.39.25.jpg10:00AM - 04:00PM]
A Journey Through Fire - Bus Tour
Newry Museum
22Feb
Bernie Millar 1.jpg02:00PM - 05:00PM]
Bernie Millar Exhibition
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
22Feb
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Saturday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
23Feb
79722270_3404969346211726_7249398921514975232_o.jpg01:00PM - 04:00PM]
Funky Wedding Fayre
Bellinis
23Feb
Bernie Millar 1.jpg02:00PM - 05:00PM]
Bernie Millar Exhibition
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
23Feb
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Sunday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
24Feb
Bernie Millar 1.jpg02:00PM - 05:00PM]
Bernie Millar Exhibition
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
24Feb
IndustryMondays_DrinksTV.jpg09:00PM - ]
Industry Mondays @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
25Feb
Bernie Millar 1.jpg02:00PM - 05:00PM]
Bernie Millar Exhibition
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
26Feb
Bernie Millar 1.jpg02:00PM - 05:00PM]
Bernie Millar Exhibition
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
27Feb
Bernie Millar 1.jpg02:00PM - 05:00PM]
Bernie Millar Exhibition
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
27Feb
Creative.jpg02:00PM - 04:00PM]
Creative Ageing - 10 Week Painting Class
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
27Feb
image002.jpg07:00PM - 09:00PM]
Meet the Author - Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde
Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail
27Feb
fa688249-85ce-4a65-b82f-f8ef5115b960.jpg07:30PM - 09:30PM]
Spring into Style
Our Lady's Grammar School
27Feb
65629719_1621056161360064_2536823631851507512_n.jpg09:00PM - ]
Thursday's at Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
28Feb
Bernie Millar 1.jpg02:00PM - 05:00PM]
Bernie Millar Exhibition
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
28Feb
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Friday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
28Feb
82743013_2781233611933701_4354826349693632512_o.jpg08:00PM - 11:00PM]
3 Bucks Left
The Phoenix
28Feb
43033649_10156365550137949_4532248029897424896_n.png09:00PM - ]
Friday @ The Bank
The Bank
29Feb
11:00AM - 03:00PM]
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auction
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auctioneers
29Feb
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Saturday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
29Feb
mccooeyscomedy.jpeg08:00PM - 11:00PM]
Biggest Wee Comedy Club in the North
McCooey's
01Mar
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Sunday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
02Mar
IndustryMondays_DrinksTV.jpg09:00PM - ]
Industry Mondays @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
03Mar
DreamSleepConnectPosterDraftWhiteNoLogos.jpg08:00PM - 10:00PM]
Dream,Sleep Connect - comedy
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
03Mar
Cobbles-FRIENDS-QUIZ-2020-Screen.jpg08:00PM - 11:00PM]
'Friends' Quiz @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
05Mar
Creative.jpg02:00PM - 04:00PM]
Creative Ageing - 10 Week Painting Class
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
05Mar
Image 1.jpg02:00PM - 04:00PM]
Built Heritage of South Down
Newry Museum
05Mar
65629719_1621056161360064_2536823631851507512_n.jpg09:00PM - ]
Thursday's at Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
06Mar
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Friday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
06Mar
43033649_10156365550137949_4532248029897424896_n.png09:00PM - ]
Friday @ The Bank
The Bank
07Mar
Lore 300 dpi 2.jpg08:00PM - 11:00PM]
Take Me Home Concert
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
07Mar
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Saturday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
08Mar
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Sunday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
09Mar
IndustryMondays_DrinksTV.jpg09:00PM - ]
Industry Mondays @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
10Mar
84656755_10221609349132724_4821728142748024832_n.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Footloose The Musical
Newry Town Hall
11Mar
84656755_10221609349132724_4821728142748024832_n.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Footloose The Musical
Newry Town Hall
12Mar
Creative.jpg02:00PM - 04:00PM]
Creative Ageing - 10 Week Painting Class
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
12Mar
84656755_10221609349132724_4821728142748024832_n.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Footloose The Musical
Newry Town Hall
12Mar
in the name of.jpg08:00PM - 10:00PM]
In The Name of the Son
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
12Mar
65629719_1621056161360064_2536823631851507512_n.jpg09:00PM - ]
Thursday's at Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
13Mar
Screen Shot 2020-02-17 at 19.44.37.jpg06:00PM - 08:00PM]
Border Stories
Sticky Fingers Arts
13Mar
84656755_10221609349132724_4821728142748024832_n.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Footloose The Musical
Newry Town Hall
13Mar
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Friday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
13Mar
43033649_10156365550137949_4532248029897424896_n.png09:00PM - ]
Friday @ The Bank
The Bank
14Mar
_DSF2913.jpg12:00AM - 12:00AM]
Newry Tradfest
Newry Various Venues
14Mar
image001.jpg10:30AM - 01:00PM]
Saibhreas agus Cruinneas
Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail
14Mar
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Saturday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
15Mar
_DSF2913.jpg12:00AM - 12:00AM]
Newry Tradfest
Newry Various Venues
15Mar
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Sunday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
16Mar
_DSF2913.jpg12:00AM - 12:00AM]
Newry Tradfest
Newry Various Venues
16Mar
IndustryMondays_DrinksTV.jpg09:00PM - ]
Industry Mondays @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
17Mar
_DSF2913.jpg12:00AM - 12:00AM]
Newry Tradfest
Newry Various Venues
17Mar
DSCF7992.jpg07:00PM - 10:30PM]
'St Patrick’s Miscellany' Concert
Newry Town Hall
19Mar
Creative.jpg02:00PM - 04:00PM]
Creative Ageing - 10 Week Painting Class
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
19Mar
ons.jpg08:00PM - ]
Old Newry Society Annual Dinner
Bellinis
19Mar
65629719_1621056161360064_2536823631851507512_n.jpg09:00PM - ]
Thursday's at Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
20Mar
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Friday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
20Mar
43033649_10156365550137949_4532248029897424896_n.png09:00PM - ]
Friday @ The Bank
The Bank
21Mar
image4.jpg12:00AM - 12:00AM]
Keep er Lit for Kayden
SAFE Fuels
21Mar
Capella Casecilliana 1.jpg 1.jpg07:30PM - 10:30PM]
Cappella Caeciliana in Concert
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
21Mar
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Saturday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
22Mar
614987_446938525349062_1446427005_o.jpg08:00PM - ]
Sunday @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub
23Mar
DSCF6331.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival - The True Story of Mary K
Newry Town Hall
23Mar
IndustryMondays_DrinksTV.jpg09:00PM - ]
Industry Mondays @ Cobbles
Cobbles Bar and Nightclub

FOLLOW NEWRY.IE

 

 

DONATE

Please consider supporting Newry.ie

Amount:
Newry.ie require Cookies on some parts of our site to enable full functionality. By using Newry.ie you consent to our use of Cookies. You can use your browser settings to disable cookies on this or any other website.
More information Ok