Have anvil, will travel …

When I meet him in Co Wexford, blacksmith Finin Liam Christie is just back from winning the Mjonøy Blacksmith Challenge, held in Vinje, Norway. And he’s preparing to head off to exhibit as just one of two European blacksmiths at the Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil Conference in the US. So just who is this globe-trotting blacksmith with his ‘have anvil, will travel from […]

Ballybeg House – a venue with a view

When you convert a run-down house into an exclusive wedding venue tucked away in rural south Wicklow, well, you’ve earned the right to a fair hearing! And that’s exactly what Paddy O’Toole, owner of Ballybeg House near Tinahely, received when he addressed the Rural Science Association on its recent field trip to Wicklow. A former chairperson of Wicklow County Tourism, Paddy had […]

Success leaves clues, says Sean Gallagher

(16 April 2015) If I say anything negative about entrepreneur Sean Gallagher’s ‘Success leaves clues’ presentation at yesterday’s Carlow Local Enterprise Office’s Connector networking event, I’m going against his mantra to be positive. So, in the interests of positivity, a few of the points I highlighted were: What is the ‘pivot’ of your business? This refers to the element that turned […]

Adult education magazine and conference

We’re delighted to be attending and speaking at the conference of the National Association of Adult and Community Education Directors (NACED) over the next few days. At the conference, the magazine celebrating NACED’s 40th anniversary will be launched. We compiled the magazine, editing contributions from luminaries such as Bride Rosney, a former school principal and former President Mary Robinson’s right […]

Wexford’s Ambassador programme: feature

In much the same way that The Gathering in 2013 harnessed the nostalgia and goodwill of the diaspora, Wexford County Council is harnessing the pride and civic spirit of its own successful sons and daughters through its innovative Ambassador Programme. Read my feature on this innovative programme in Council Review magazine:  

Feature on Suicide Prevention Patrols

Check out my latest feature on voluntary suicide prevention patrols – EmSvs_Suicide Prevention_2014 for Ocean Publishing‘s magazine, Emergency Services Ireland. It explores how the voluntary suicide patrol initiative – Wexford MarineWatch – has reduced the rate of suicide in Wexford harbour to zero. The feature also look at similar initiatives in Waterford, Limerick, and Derry.