Graduation 2009

September 4th, 2009

Some photos of the recent pleasantness.

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Sean, Cyril and Me

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Sean, me, Tom

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Me, my parents, John

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Sean, my parents, Me

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All ece PhD graduates and Supervisors

Thanks to Neville for being photographer for the day.

mmmm…. …pie

June 7th, 2009

The election count is all over bar the shouting. Squid did a really good job over at the Limerick Blogger and on Twitter tracking numbers and counts and keeping everyone up to date.

In the meantime there are numbers to be crunched and analyses to be performed. John has thrown up some historical graphs and figures on his blog and there will in time be counts etc available in the local and national media, online and from the councils themselves.

Anyway, the new Limerick City Council is
Fine Gael (8): South: Maria Byrne, Ger Fahy, Jim Long, Diarmuid Scully; North: Michael Hourigan, Cormac Hurley, Kevin Kiely; East: Deins McCarthy
Labour (4) South: Joe Leddin, Orla Mcloughlin; North; Tom Shortt; East: Gerry Mclouglin
Independents (3): South: Pat Kennnedy; North: Kathleen Leddin; East: John Gilligan
Fianna Fàil (1): East: Kieran O’Hanlon
Sinn Fèin (1): North: Maurice Quinlivan

Limerick City Council 2009

I can see Fine Gael doing a deal with Pat Kennedy to ensure overall control of the council. Kennedy is essentially an Independent FG councillor anyway and one year in the Mayors office as the price for his support wouldn’t be daylight robbery.

Note to Eamonn Ryan

June 6th, 2009

Having a Green Economy is not dependent on having a Green Party!

Don’t be back!

June 6th, 2009

I was about 5 mins into Terminator:Salvation before I thought “Please somebody save me from this rubbish.”

Even the type of people who like explosions were wondering how you can spend $200 million on a movie and only $2 on a script, and seemingly $0 on acting lessons.


June 5th, 2009

Went and did the whole voting extravaganza thing this morning. You should consider going and doing the same, if you are able.

Essentially I voted (quelle suprise) anti-governmnet and anti-Kathy Sinnot so Labour & Fine Gael in the Europeans and Fine Gael, Independent & Labour in the locals. It turns out that I am related to Cllr Lily Wallace, one of the independent councillors in Limerick City, so she got a fairly high preference. The other independents didn’t fare so well, some not getting even as good a preference as the Shinners; but all did better than FF.

At least it was better than Wolverine!

May 7th, 2009

Just saw the new Star Trek movie.

I don’t think that I have been as underwhelmed by a movie since the first Matrix movie.

et tu elReg

March 25th, 2009

Even the Register is getting digs in over Picturegate

Dell’s withdrawal from Limerick is just the most visible effect of the global slowdown on the crumpling Irish economy. The country’s economic boom has ground to a halt as its status as a high skill, low wage economy has been eclipsed by newer EU members further east, and as its accompanying construction boom collapses.

In the meantime, the Irish government has chosen to grapple with the economic apocalypse facing the Republic by demanding an apology from the state broadcaster over its reporting of a spate of hoax nude paintings of Taioseach Brian Cowen which have appeared in galleries in Dublin.

Why not try this at home!

February 24th, 2009

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Last Friday night, as part of the thesis finishing champange drinking extravaganza, Nev popped a bottle of champange with a sabre. We don’t have any before pictures, but John took a couple of afters!

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For anyone who wants to try their hand at this at home here is a handy guide. Mind your thumbs and other people and windows and breakable stuff in general.

I would like to thank the Academy…

February 23rd, 2009

I’ll do this now, and then regular blogging shall resume. Or at least as regular as it was before…

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Sincere thanks to my supervisor Sean McGrath for his support, encouragement, perseverance and patience over the last few years.

Different aspects of this work have been a long time coming and a lot of people have provided inspiration and encouragement. So honourable mentions to John Nelson, David Cleary, William Warrillow, Terry Turner, Peter Haraszti, all ex-employees of Broadcom Eireann and members of the REALM and GANDALF project consortia.

Special thanks to the Wireless Access Research Centre; Ronan, Ian, Edu, Billy, Joe, John L, Paidi, Brunt, Maria, Nicola, Connie, Kevin, Niall, Bryan, Eoin and Carol, working with ye has made the road easier and more fun as well. Thanks also to all past and present visitors to the Wireless Access Research Lab in UL; Salvador, Nicolas, Manuel and Julien

I have used and abused my social circle for distraction, alcohol, books, lunch and generally being nuisance. So extra special thanks to John, Neville, Cormac, Eoin, Danny,  Martin, Jamie & Hilary (and family), Gary & Analie (and family), Gary & Elena, Adrian & Lavinia (and family), Donogh & Fiona (and family), and Darren.

Besonderer Dank gebührt meine neue deutsche Freunde: Olivier, Kata, Aude, JongJit, Kata und alle Leute auf das DKFA. Daniella & Fergal, Claire & Stu, und Dora für Bier, Essen und Spaß Und Michi & Bianca, Remus, Sheldon, Klaus und alle die Ingolstadt Baboons.

Finally I would like to thank my family; my parents Ger and Anne and my sister Noelle and brothers Mark and Edward (and Grainnie and Terefe) for their constant support

I tawt I taw a puddy tat!

January 1st, 2009

Das Neue Jahr in München war viel Spaß. Chuffy hat Essen für 10 ausgerichtet. Erste mal hatten wir pâté und kleines Stoffe. Dann haben wir die Fondues, die eines Käse Fondue und eines Tafelöl Fondue mit Strauß sind. Der Nachtisch war Eiscreme und Walderdbeeren. Gegen Mitternacht haben wir mit Feuerwerk im Garten und aus der Terrasse gespielt.

Heute tue ich nicht so viel. Ich denke, dass rote Wein und Chmpange und Bier gut schmecken, aber ich hätte nicht alle in die eigene Nacht getrunken. Wir haben das Haus geputzt, und ein bisschen ferngesehen. Morgens gehe ich zu die Innenstadt, um Schistoffe zu kaufen.

Meine Lösung für das Neue Jahr sind natütlich meine Deutsche zu besseren, und mehr Blogposts zu schreiben. Manchmal zusammen!