Archive for March, 2005

March 31st, 2005


I also missed out on Donogh and Fiona’s wedding anniversary. But they are only 2 years married, so its not like its a big deal ;-)

so Happy anniversary Donogh and Fiona

March 31st, 2005


My mum rang last night to compain that I hadn’t sent a card for my parents wedding anniversary. They are married 38 years apparently. She wasn’t too thrilled with my response which can be summed up as “But I NEVER send cards for your anniversary, its not like I’m married to either of you!!!”

So even though she doesn’t read the blog, happy anniversary mam and dad.

March 31st, 2005


and of course there is a ring

March 30th, 2005

First comes love… …then comes…

Everybody go over to Jamie’s and Hilary’s places and say kind things about their engagement.

March 30th, 2005

Dear Michael
Thank you for taking the time to submit an application for the pilot writers’ retreat in Scotland. Your research is important, and we are very sorry that in this instance you were not selected to participate. Really, all the applicants were worthy of being included, but we had to make a tough decision given that there were so many of you applying for so few places. We tried to select the two candidates who we believed demonstrated the strongest awareness of an appropriate target journal in their area, had carved out a good understanding about what could be achieved in the context of the retreat and appeared most likely to produce a single concrete output on the basis of participating.

However, due to the level of interest and commitment shown by you and other research students, we have decided to go ahead and plan a Limerick based retreat in September or October of this year. We hope that this experience will still be relevant to your needs by then, and once details are finalised, will be in touch to offer you a place.

Many thanks again and the best of luck in progressing your research.

Dr Sarah Moore and Dr Nicholas Rees

Teaching and Learning and Graduate Studies

March 29th, 2005

Dr Ian

Ian graduated at Christmas, but didn’t make the ceremony. A few weeks ago he turned up here, and after some hassle with the library, collected his diploma.

March 29th, 2005

So what did you do for the Weekend??

Was it this??

Or this??

We did the first one :-)

March 24th, 2005

Woo Hoo!!!

For all you people out there who just think I’m an obsessive crazy lunatic. Ha! I got published. In the Irish Times no less!!! And its not like they just publish letters from just any old crank!!!

March 22nd, 2005

Magic Maz

Where will Maz turn up next

March 21st, 2005

Hunt the man!!

No this doesn’t refer to Ireland’s defeat on Saturday.

Nor to generic Sean searching activities – If I get a 9am bus to UL and spend 30 mins waiting/looking for Sean is that better or worse than getting a 9:30 bus and finding him almost immediatly?

Anyway, Friday I noticed that Jamie’s post “A matter of Death and Life” got a strange comment. And then I got a similar email.

Dear Michael

You were recommended to me as someone who might be suitable for a role within XXXXXX new research centre and if you are interested – I would like to talk to you about these opportunities. Can you get in touch as I am unable to reach you by phone?

Kindest Regards


Now I am not one to complain about this stuff. I have a public persona and web presnce and even some publications, so this kind of thing is to be expected every now and again. And its nice to be wanted by somebody ;-)

All in all I rate this kind of thing as better than spam, although not by much. As a rule, if I reply, I generally write a nice non-commital reply; after all you never know when you want to work for company XXXXXX in the future and there is no point in burning bridges.