Tag: Ireland

Some voice-based shenanigans

I’m once again sending recordings of my voice out into the internet, thanks to Anchor.

“The Leaving”

I know I'm not alone in still having nightmares about the Leaving. But I like to think my route to university was even more stressful than most in Ireland...

A business travel bug…

I've just spend the last week working in Dublin and, while the workshops and coaching sessions went very well, I managed to pick up an unwelcome dose of flu. It's an unfortunate risk when you're a frequent flyer and I guess it was my turn to pick something up. Being sick when on holidays is ...

Enjoying Dun Laoghaire in the sun

I'm in Dublin for work right now, staying here until Thursday night. And lucky for me, I get to stay in the town where I grew up, Dun Laoghaire, which is south of the City.  I landed to a surprising - but welcome! - amount of winter sunshine, so as soon as I'd unpacked and ...

A tale of two check-ins…

I've just checked-in to my hotel here in Dublin and had to share this... I got a taxi out from the airport and had a surprisingly nice chat with the driver, considering we were discussing Brexit and Trump. We both felt a little helpless and both agreed that focusing on the sunshine was probably more ...

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A sunny day in Dun Laoghaire

As I'm working in Dublin tomorrow, I decided to make a weekend of it and revisit some of my old stomping grounds. I couldn't have asked for better weather as @FrankDJS and I visited Dun Laoghaire, where I grew up. Just a short train ride from the city centre, with beautiful views out into Dublin ...

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Eurovison 2016: Ireland

https://youtu.be/NpNGjmhH-p4 So we're just under 100 days until this year's Eurovision spectacular. Time to review the songs selected so far. And why not start with Ireland? Why, it's Westlife's Nicky Byrne with 'Sunlight'. It's not bad. Not bad at all. Definitely Ireland's best entry for a few years. (But remember, I'm wrong on Eurovision predictions ...

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Getting a passport with your iPhone?

Amazingly, yesterday afternoon I used my iPhone to order a passport card from the Irish Passport Office. Amazingly? Well, I used the iPhone app Irish Passport Card from the Department of Foreign Affairs, filled in some basic details, then took an appropriately grim-looking selfie and I was all done. It took a total of about six ...

No big deal

So Ireland's Minister for Health came out on the radio this morning. The government didn't collapse. The country didn't sink into the Atlantic and the people didn't take to the streets with pitchforks. Leo Varadkar is gay, end of story. While I occasionally comment on the sexual orientation of people in the public eye, I ...