Fallas Valencia! (Falles in Valenciano!)

I’m in Valencia at the moment enjoying the Falles festival.

It’s a fantastic festival with an interesting history and incredible works of art all over the city that get burned down at the end of the celebrations!

GSEA Ireland Competition – 2017

We had the Irish final of the GSEA (Global Student Entrepreneur Awards) in the GEC again this year. It was a fantastic event with Seo Linn kicking things off before having the tough job of picking between four great female entrepreneurs to represent Ireland in the global finals in Frankfurt.

Visiting Google Campus Madrid

Google Campus Madrid is a cool co-working space for startups and budding entrepreneurs. The space is really comfortable with ridiculously fast free WiFi!

If you’re in Madrid and you’re looking for somewhere with great energy to try out your new idea, come down to the Google Campus for a coffee…

Madrid – the story so far…

So I’m about half way through my year in Madrid with the family.

This morning I thought I’d share some of my thoughts so far and what I’d still like to do before we return home to our “normal life” in Dublin.


1. Drawing and selling comics – loved it

In 3rd class – around 8 or 9 years old.  I was probably selling comics for 5p but photocopying them in my parents office to the cost of around 35p per comic – I’ve improved my grasp on economics since!Read More

Stunt Drive Ireland Experience

For my birthday, I got a voucher to go to the Stunt Drive Ireland experience where we learned the best techniques for slalom driving (both driving forward and in reverse) as well as handbrake turning and parking.

It was a great day, where we broke down the different parts of the course separately and then put them all together for a time trial.

Afterwards we all got taken around in different drifting cars and a cat and mouse chase by some of the qualified stunt drivers / instructors – just to terrify us a little!

Final thoughts on the marriage referendum

This afternoon – just two days before the #MarriageRef here in Ireland – I was sitting having a coffee while I waited for my eldest daughter to finish up her evening social activity.  On the way there we had been discussing the posters around the streets and I was trying to put what the referendum means into a context she would understand.

While I was alone with my thoughts and my coffee I started thinking again about why I would be voting Yes on Friday and I wanted to get a few thoughts down for anyone who might be still on the fence.  These are some of my thoughts and opinions, for what they are worth…


Why I’m voting YES in the Marriage Referendum

Primarily because it’s the right thing to do…

It really bothers me that in today’s world there are still people who believe that people who are different should be denied the same rights.

It’s not “gay rights” or “women’s rights” or whatever… it’s simply human rights.  We are all on this planet together, regardless of race, religion, beliefs, sex or orientation.Read More

Hawk Walk

For Christmas, my lovely lady wife got myself and my father a voucher for a Falconry of Ireland session, which we were finally able to redeem this morning.

The day starts with a coffee as you walk around and have a look at some of the fascinating birds in the aviaries.  You then get a general introduction to falconry as a sport and they explain the differences between hawks, falcons and buzzards.  This is important as we will be walking with hawks and watching a falcon demonstration later and their techniques are indeed, very different.Read More