Tag Archives: ireland
July 21, 2015

Eircode vs UK Postcodes


Eircode has launched as Ireland's official postcode system..

A LOT has been written about the issues with how it's been rolled out, including some rather "impressive" faux pas like sending Eircodes to dead people ..

However one of the things that I was curious about was the lookup system.

The Eircode website offers a lookup service, but it has a limit - you can only do 15 lookups per day.

Apparently this is because the public only needs to check addresses from time to time:


The address output is pretty slick and you can easily share the details via email:


(the example above is a former address of mine .. )

Our neighbours in the UK have been using postcodes for a long time so I thought I'd have a look at how they handle things ..

Here's their look up page - what's interesting is how much help they provide users:


They also have a much more generous lookup limit - 300% of the Irish one.

Why is that?


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July 4, 2015

The Upside To Living In A Small Town


I've lived in Carlow for the past 12 years. Prior to moving to Carlow I was living for about 3 years in Milan. Milan is a big city. Carlow is a small town. The contrasts between the two are huge.

While I sometimes regret moving to a small provincial Irish town, it's not without its upside.

Even in the centre of the town the air is clean. Compare that to Milan, where the air was so bad that you could literally see the smog at times!

And you can get to see the swans in the morning on your way to work:


I've no idea if there are any swans in Milan. There are a lot of rather disgusting pigeons though ..

And while the Irish weather is at best "unpredictable" you do get days when it is just plain lovely:


You can sometimes even get a rainbow


When I lived in Madrid I used to go to the same supermarket almost every day to get groceries. Not once did I get more than a grunt out of the staff, whereas in a small Irish town even the cashiers in the supermarkets are genuinely friendly.

Of course it's not all rosy, but when the weather's nice we're all a lot more positive :)


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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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