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Growing, Civically

#Tangible15 – Limerick

March 30, 2015 0 Comments

We had a great day in Limerick for “A Winning Culture“. The setting was the beautifully restored Bishops’s Palace and David Deighan, CEO of Limerick Civic Trust led with an overview of what they’ve accomplished and where they’re going! Limerick is coming off it’s year as Ireland’s first “City of Culture” and some wonder “What’s […]

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Ireland 2.0 – America, try ‘Ctrl, Alt, Delete’

March 17, 2015 1 Comment

Many of you post these images regularly – from the safety of your American homes. Please rethink them. I used to live there – now Ireland is my home. It has been since November 2008. It is not always safe here on the border. Our world is different than yours. I live and work between […]

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Global Ireland

March 13, 2015 0 Comments

Generations have left the island of Ireland to find opportunities around the world. We hear often of the “Global Irish“, estimated at near 70 million. That is just part of the story. Global Ireland is far bigger than that. America boasts 22 Presidents with “Irish Roots”, but on closer inspection we find 13 of them actually hailed […]

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The Irish Language

January 26, 2015 0 Comments

My relationship with the Irish language has evolved over the half dozen years I have been here. It’s doubtful I’ll learn to speak it, I’ve little facility with language, but what I’ve learned about it has certainly informed my understanding of the people of this island. Three people opened the door to that understanding. Carol […]

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Swords into Ploughshares…

January 25, 2015 0 Comments

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares… Isaiah 2:4 This New York City park sits just below my first apartment. I visited it often during the years I lived in Tudor City. The adolescent, protesting child of the Vietnam War era wondered whether those words would come to pass in my lifetime. Here in Northern Ireland, I believe […]

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Paying it Forward in the Digital Age

January 2, 2015 0 Comments

Never has it been easier! Resolve to be a “Digital Media Mensch“* in 2015. It costs little and you’re out there anyway. A great recipe for money management is saving 10% of what you earn. Some folks with a charitable mindset strive to contribute 10%. Seem steep? Give of yourself, give your time! Even just […]

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Creating Community

December 31, 2014 0 Comments

Neo Ireland is all about growing a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem regionally.  We do that by creating community. We provide a physical and virtual space for curious and interested people who want to experiment with entrepreneurship and social enterprise. We inspire by telling the “good news” stories and letting entrepreneurs lead by example. It’s an incubator and a “launchpad”. […]

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Happy Celebration of Light!

December 25, 2014 0 Comments

The solstice has passed, we’ve had our shortest day, and I look forward to longer daylight hours. Clearly our cultural and religious traditions support that desire. In a 2010 post “Happy Chanukah, Ireland”, I reflected on the tradition of remembering the re-dedication of the temple defiled by the Greeks. “The miracle celebrated is one of faith and […]

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Remembrance; Veteran’s Day is complicated…*

November 9, 2014 0 Comments

November. Conscious of and indebted to the efforts of veterans worldwide – I remember. An American expat living in Ireland, in matters of politics I have pacifist leanings. I am, however, untroubled by a passion for honouring the military and sacrifices made on my behalf. Generations of sacrifices. American veterans, British veterans, Canadian, German, Irish, […]

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Global Ireland, Global Cities

September 10, 2014 0 Comments

Global City! Tangible Ireland’s Dublin meeting October 9th is a special one. It marks the first session of my “senior year”* at Tangible. Four years ago, with the help of Linkedin’s algorithms, I found my way to a meeting at the Dublin Civic Trust. Welcomed by Dan Feahney, an enthusiastic, ex-pat American, I felt comfortable. […]

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