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.

WorldIrish publishes its first ebook



Around a week ago, WorldIrish published its first ebook101 Irish Phrases You Need to Learn to Kindle and Kobo

What’s interesting is that the book evolved very naturally out of an article that we posted on WorldIrish with a much shorter list of Irish phrases. After the story went viral, I suggested we publish a short ebook and it’s worked out very well.  WorldIrish Community Journalist Mark Farrelly wrote the text in the space of two days, while Community Journalist Dave Molloy designed a cover for a fast turnaround. The book was set the next day and we were live on Kindle within two or so days after that (with the help of Green Lamp Media). 

I’ve written before about the importance of media companies working quickly and being flexible and this is a perfect example of just that. It’s an exciting time to work within a nimble start-up like WorldIrish where things like this can be conceived, produced and published in the space of just a few days. 

If WorldIrish can publish an ebook with our start-up-sized resources it won’t be too long before this kind of activity is an everyday occurrence for the larger media companies and everyone else too.



*DOI: I’m COO of WorldIrish.com

30th Annual Circom Regional Conference Embraces Digital

I attended the 30th annual Circom Regional conference, hosted by SVT in Malmo, Sweden, last week and was amazed by how openly it embraced all things social, web and tech. From Mans Adler’s (Bambuser) session on live video broadcasting to Glen Mulcahy’s mobile journalism tour de force and SVT’s group of innovative News Lab journalists, the event was firmly rooted in media 2012.

Granted, I’m biased (I was invited to present and participate in a panel discussion) but there was something for most digital-minded people in the television industry – a massive shift from last year’s mainly broadcast-focused conference.

Nick Simons (NRK, Ex New Media Head BBC Scotland) and I co-presented a session work-shopping (both inside and outside the room) the question ‘how can social media improve storytelling?’ We had excellent participation and here’s a taste of the contributions from inside the room in Malmo (and from outside including: Romania, Ireland, UK …):

If you missed the session you can look at the slides here:

Or you can watch the full stream back here via Bambuser.

If you have any thoughts on the topic, please leave a comment below!


Leaving RTÉ for WorldIrish

World Irish

As some of you may already know, I finished up with RTÉ at the end of December and with the beginning of a New Year have started a new job as Content Manager for WorldIrish.

You might remember this post that I wrote back in October after the Global Irish Forum and wonder why I have left Ireland’s biggest media website. It comes down to this – I believe the time is right for WorldIrish.

WorldIrish is the best organisation to create a community for Irish people and those who think Irish. It’s assembling an excellent team of people and will be working hard over the coming months to create something useful and meaningful for the global Irish community. I’m excited to be part of this.

I started in RTÉ in 2007 and had some great experiences from covering Barack Obama’s convention speech in Denver to travelling to Kenya as a backpack reporter. I found 2011 (like most people working in the media) to be an exceptionally busy year. I established RTÉ’s first social media desk, project managed RTÉ’s digital output across several platforms for the General Election and most recently worked on the organisation’s digital strategy.

I have been fortunate to work with some truly excellent people in RTÉ during an interesting time of great digital change.

I’m leaving an established mainstream media organisation for a very ambitious start up. It’s going to be a big change, but one I’m keen to embrace.

We’ll be working hard in WorldIrish over the coming months to introduce an online global Irish community with greater functionality. I’m looking forward to taking on a new set of challenges.

And if you haven’t done already, sign up to WorldIrish here!

Have a great 2012,