The Times they are a-changing! - Why the the ongoing IT revolution affects everyone!

Let's call a spade a spade here: the Evening Echo, Cork's premier local newspaper, isn't really at home in the digital age. Sure, they've got an app, and a website, but both leave the distinct impression that the paper's management team set those up for "keeping up with the Joneses" rather than due to any real understanding or appreciation of the importance of the web. The same can be said about their social media pages, which are poorly maintained and seemingly unmoderated. That being said, I was more than surprised when they ran a story about a keynote address by Sinead McSweeny, Twitter's Vice President for Public Policy and Communications in EMEA (That's Europe, Middle East and Asia for those not fluent in Corporate-Speak) at a breakfast hosted by the Cork Chamber of Commerce a few days ago. The tenor of her address was that we need to prepare the generations currently coming up through the education system for job roles we can't even imag…

The Great Cork Apartment Hunt - Prologue - Let the Games begin!

So, on Tuesday my landlord (Well, technically, she's a landlady) dropped a notice of termination of tenancy in my mailbox. Great. Fantastic. Just the kind of thing you need after a day at work that need up with my MacBook Pro being bricked (Yep, you read that right. I upgraded), and generally nothing going the way it should. A Quick check on, Ireland's premier real estate website did nothing to lift my sprits. Trying to get anything fit for human habitation under 900€? Forget it! But what could I do? 

Sleep over it, that's what I did. Anything looks different after a good night's sleep. Or, in this case, a good couple of hours at least. It was enough for me. And while I generally don't really give much credence to divine influence, horoscopes, destiny, all that kind of hokum, I couldn't really shake the feeling that whatever powers hold sway up there were sending me a message. It had rained heavily overnight, in fact it was still pouring down outside my …

Ballincollig - From Boom to Bust and Back again

Well, sometimes you just have to start with a bang, or in this case with a device that delivers them. This artillery piece forms the centrepiece of Barrack Square, my workplace for well over a year now, since my departure from Apple in early 2016. And let me tell you, the difference between my former workplace in the extreme northwest of Cork City, hemmed in between a social  black spot and a half abandoned industrial estate, and the small town, suburban atmosphere of Ballincollig couldn’t be any bigger. No, I haven’t completely lost my marbles, and yes this is a bit of an esoteric topic, especially for those who don’t live in the Cork metro area. Still, despite its apparent obscurity, Ballincollig has quite a bit of history on offer, both in actual historic terms, and in recent terms, especially with regards to the crippling economic crisis of 2008. What’s more, quite a bit of the history of the town is actually incorporated into the current urban landscape. So all in all, there’s qui…

A downward cycle? On the declining state of Coca Cola Zero Bikes in Cork

Okay, I’m the first to admit that I’m biased when it comes to cycling, but even more than two years after Coca Cola Zero Bikes in Cork started operations, I still consider the system to be one of the biggest assets to the city’s transport system, and easily the biggest improvement to come into the city in the 21st century, together with a small, but expanding network of bike lanes. While current roadworks in the city have temporarily made cycling quite a bit more treacherous, the impact it has had on Cork is noticeable, and the adoption rate nothing less than phenomenal. Just two weeks ago, figures published by Ireland’s National Transport Authority showed that Leesiders had taken just under 720,000 trips with the black and red bikes since the system started operations in December 2014. In comparison, Galway and Limerick just about managed 43,000 and 90,000 trips respectively in the same timespan. There are currently just over 10,000 active subscribers in Cork alone, and the number ha…