One big drawback of being unemployed last year was not having my own transport. It meant I was dependent on the bus to meet people, especially as I live in Ballincollig, seven miles from Cork city. Social media is great for maintaining contact with people, and of course you can email or ring people too, but there’s no substitute for talking to people face to … Continue reading We all need the company of friends
She was young and pretty and so much in love. Fresh from her honeymoon she had so much to look forward to – many years of happiness together with her husband, lots of holidays, perhaps children in time. The kinds of expectations many married women have. Weeks after returning from her honeymoon she became ill. The prognosis was not good, but she fought hard for … Continue reading Sometimes there are no words
What do you do with your day when you no longer have the routine of getting up for work? I’m glad you asked! Between a trip to Lanzarote and a scamper to Lisbon, my days have filled up since I left Teamwork.com last month. Of course they haven’t filled every day, and that’s a lot of time. So far I have had to make three … Continue reading Life’s a bowl of cherries – almost!
Well, what a few days in Lisbon that was. I travelled over to the Web Summit last week, eager to know how its transfer from Dublin would work out. The answer? It was amazing. No, really. Ok, my son Daire is one of the cofounders of the Web Summit, so I have more than a casual interest. I had also gone to three previous Web … Continue reading Reflections on Lisbon Web Summit
I’m in Lanzarote this week, soaking up the… Ok, it’s breezy, wet, cool and there’s not a trace of the sun. The weather forecast isn’t very promising either, but as I sit here on my balcony I can appreciate things could be worse. For a start, I’m here with my darling wife Trish, and my good friend Brendan and his wife Anne. Eating out is … Continue reading It’s all systems go after Lanzarote
So that’s it then, my adventure at Teamwork.com is over. Nine months after joining the Content Marketing team myself I was told my role had been scrapped. I’m proud of my time at the company and sorry that circumstances didn’t allow me to continue. That’s life and I live to fight another day. It was an amazing time, and I learned a great deal about … Continue reading The end of an adventure
I first met Brendan O’Neill in the summer of 1970. I was still a secondary student and had landed a summer job in the Reading Room of the Cork Examiner (now the Irish Examiner). Over the next few months I gravitated towards Brendan, drawn by his quiet demeanor and his interest in writing. He it was who introduced me to Donal Foley’s Man Bites Dog … Continue reading Old friends are best. Meet Brendan