Something I’m working on currently … Agility

Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 16.59.51I’ve recently joined together with a group of people to work on a new project called Agility.

What is Agility?

We’re a bunch of people working together to help turn projects and ideas into great projects and great ideas. We’re a diverse group of writers, project managers and planners to web designers, product designers and coders. We’ve worked with everyone: bootstrapped start-ups, well-funded established companies and loads of social ventures …. 

I’ve written a blog over on the Agility website about why I got involved, you can read it here

Leaving WorldIrish

This week I made the decision to leave WorldIrish. I believe it is the right time for me to move on. I’m very glad that I joined WorldIrish and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Since we re-launched the site in September the WorldIrish community has grown to 70,000 registered members as well as large numbers of non-registered visitors. The community, which is spread across the globe, has been extremely active creating thousands of pieces of content including stories, personal accounts, photos, videos and events.

In particular I’m proud of building a young, talented and versatile Content and Community Team based in Dublin, the United States and the United Kingdom. Working with each of them has been a pleasure. It has been fascinating building an audience and engaging the global Irish community.

The @Ireland project, which WorldIrish got off the ground over a year ago, is something I’m particularly pleased to see flourishing. It offers great potential to continue representing Ireland to the wider world through a variety of voices.

The vision John McColgan has for a connected global Irish community is a powerful one and something I still believe in. It is particularly important at a time when a new generation of Irish people are joining the many previous generations who have gone before. Bringing those groups together, fostering links, highlighting challenges and celebrating their successes is important for Ireland and other countries that have experienced high levels of emigration.

I wish WorldIrish all the best.

The Week in Politics election book and Timisoara

I’ve contributed a couple of chapters to a book about the recent Irish general election, which has been published by RTE. The book, launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, gives a detailed analysis of the election with a constituency-by-constituency breakdown. It also features several articles written by RTE’s political staff including Sean O’Rourke, Bryan Dobson, David McCullagh, David Davin-Power and Brian Dowling. Edited by The Week in Politics’ Deirdre McCarthy, it also contains interviews with the TDs in the 31st Dail. A feature about social media and a diary-type summary of the election campaign are my two contributions to the book. More about it here.

In other news, I recently participated in a television journalism course for young journalists in Timisoara, Romania. I was one of 16 journalists from across Europe at the Circom-run course. I learned a lot from the trainers as well the others participating. If you have a couple of minutes take a look at the report I did while I was there, which was recently broadcast on RTE.

Hoping that the rain will stop soon,