Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been dubbed “The World’s Greatest Living Explorer” by the Guinness Book of Records, and he was in Dublin this week delivering some motivational advice at an Investec High Performance Breakfast. He was telling those gathered how to best to select and manage a team in extreme circumstances. I went along to find out more from the man himself.
Crowd funding has been on the rise over recent years, with many independent film makers and musicians getting finance through sites like Kickstarter and FundIt, and tech innovators frequently getting their products off the ground by appealing to the population of the worldwide web. Can a similar model be used to counteract the lack of money being made available for more traditional business loans? A number of Irish websites, including Linked Finance and Grid Finance, have been attempting to connect SMEs with members of the public who have money to invest for the right returns. I went to find out more.
“There was a time in Ireland when no night out was truly complete until we’d made it past the bouncer, swapped our jacket for a cloakroom ticket we would soon lose, and cut the rug on the dancefloor of the local nightclub. It’s an experience that many Leaving Cert graduates had for the first time earlier this week, as they celebrated their results. Our own Liam Geraghty dusted off his dancing shoes to see how the sector has been holding up.”
Travelling the length and breadth of the country with a boot full of sequins and synthesizers is all part of a night’s work for Ireland’s jobbing performers. I joined the ranks of the roadies and met with some of our hardest working entertainers.
“The Macarena is one tune you might well hear at one of the many carnivals taking place in towns and villages all over Ireland at this time of year. But the tune may well be overshadowed by the buzz of bumper cars, the whir of the candy floss machines, and the clatter of arcade games as the fun fair rolls into town. Our reporter Liam Geraghty caught up with the Pipers, one of Ireland’s oldest carnival families, in their home town of Kinsale.”
With its vanilla creaminess, fresh crunchy cone and of course the sweet crumbly chocolate topping, the 99 has long been a staple of the Irish Summer. But don’t let its simplicity fool you, there’s more to the humble cone than meets the eye as I found out.
As with a lot of sectors, businesses that had been built on providing services for corporate events took a serious hit during the downturn. Now it seems that Irish companies are beginning to spend in that space again. I met with some of the people at the coalface of this renaissance.
If you’ve ever had a dream of becoming a world champion in your sport – you will know just how much persistence, hard work and luck is needed. I took a look at the competitive world of professional tennis to see how hard it is to become the next Federer or Williams sister.
There are to be dozens of festivals taking place this bank holiday weekend: Bloom, Forbidden Fruit, a bike festival in Kerry, and the Rory Gallagher Festival in Donegal to name but a few… It’s safe to say that festival season is well and truly upon us, but what goes on behind the scenes when pulling such an event together? I went to find out!