Tag Archives: ireland
June 14, 2015

Counting Down To .Irish Launch


In a few days time the .irish top level domain name will be available to the public. From June 25th they'll be open for registration on a "first come, first served" basis, though you can currently pre-order during landrush.

It's going to be interesting to see who registers one and how they end up using it.

We're currently running print ads in some of the Irish media - here's today's advert from the Sunday Business Post:


We've already got blacknight.irish and I've personally got michele.irish


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May 21, 2015

Voting No #MarRef


Friday May 22nd 2015 Ireland goes to the polls.

I've posted about the referendum a couple of times in the past few weeks, both on a personal blog and on the company blog.

My position on this referendum is 100% clear.

This video from the "yes" campaign sums up the feelings of a lot of people, myself included. I am voting "yes", but I am also voting "No" to many things:

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November 30, 2014

Halfords’ Marketing Is A Tad Clueless


Spotted earlier today outside the Halfords in Carlow:


Dear Halfords,

While I'm sure your pricing is competitive, Carlow is a town in Ireland. Ireland is not part of the UK and hasn't been for quite some time.

On a more serious note. If you're doing business internationally you need to be aware of cultural and political sensitivities. In the case of Halfords being able to read a map might have helped!

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August 7, 2014

AIB Irony


AIB is one of Ireland's largest banks. I use it for my personal banking, while the company also uses them for pretty much everything.

I've had my issues with them in the past. Most recently their rather "nutty" handling of phone calls has really peeved me.

You can read more about this here.

Short version - bank rings customer to check if charges are valid, but does so from a hidden number.

I questioned them about this again yesterday and got back a totally useless answer:

Today I was logging in to their online banking and was greeted by this:


So using bank logic we, consumers, should be wary of people calling us up, but it's perfectly ok for the bank to do this?


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August 3, 2014

Carlow vs Los Angeles Weather


Over the last couple of weeks the weather here in Carlow has been uncharacteristically warm. However that all changed in the last couple of days. It's been raining and drizzling for the last couple of days, which is rather annoying, as it's a long weekend.

I'm heading off to Los Angeles towards the end of the week so I thought I'd check the weather over there.

The contrast is pretty dramatic:


While the weather is one of the reasons I chose LA, it's not the only reason. There's always plenty of things to do and see in Los Angeles..

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February 9, 2014

Carlow’s Dolmen


I grew up on the west coast of Ireland only a few miles from the Burren region. It's a beautiful part of the world and has a lot of history.

Nowadays I live in Carlow, which is in the southeast of Ireland. It too has history, but even though I've been living here for 10 years there are still parts of the area that I'm not familiar with.

One of the things that Carlow is known for is the dolmen which is located a couple of kilometres outside the town centre in the middle of a field.

Last weekend, as my mother was here, we headed out to see it. It's worth visiting simply because the stones are so damn big - how they were moved into position is  a mystery:
Bit of heritage this afternoon

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December 24, 2013

Evening Echo Boy Statue


If you wander around Cork city you'll probably walk past this statue at some point.

"The Echo Boy" serves as a memory as the number of "boys" selling the local evening paper - The Evening Echo - has now dwindled to practically zero. The "boys" are now grown men if they exist at all
Echo Evening Echo

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December 22, 2013

A Bit of Schoolboy Nostalgia


If you went to school in Ireland you probably had one of these "maths set" cases at some point.

I'd forgotten about them until I spotted this one for sale in a supermarket in Midleton.

Of course if it isn't scratched and punched full of holes it probably isn't the "genuine article" :)

I'm not sure when I had the last one of these, but it was probably back in 1990 or 1991 - maybe even before then

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December 12, 2013

French Beer, Herbal Tea & Cured Meat


James comes over to Carlow a couple of times a year and he usually brings me over a few products that I simply cannot get in Ireland.

Vanilla tea - while there are a couple of varieties available in Irish shops they're simply not as good as the Twining's one

Adelscott beer - I've been drinking this beer on and off since some time in the early 90s. Even in France it's not available on tap in most places. It's good beer, but it's quite strong, so you can only drink a couple before you have to call it a night!

Cured meats - sure, you can get some of these in Ireland, but it's not really the same thing

Oooo @forbairt brought me stuff!!

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September 29, 2013

Fresh anchovies from Ballycotton Seafood in Midleton


I love cooking and being able to cook with good quality fresh ingredients makes the entire experience even better.

Unfortunately a lot of good quality ingredients are harder to find if you don't live in a major urban centre. However Ireland is packed with quality food producers, so you can find excellent sources in the most unlikely of places.

Ballycotton Seafood is one such source. They sell fresh anchovies! If you cook with tinned ones normally then using the fresh variety is a revelation. It's a totally different experience and the flavour is completely different.

Fresh anchovies from Ballycotton Seafood in Midleton

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