Journalism Excerpts

Fish Farmer Magazine, Irish aquaculture licencing woes

On paper the figures don’t make sense. Ireland has always been capable of attracting foreign investment and also has a strong artisanal food culture. With the economy recovering from recession and a good foundation of knowledge and research the industry is still failing to truly develop.
It would be easy to blame the exposed coastline for Ireland’s meagre aquaculture production. There is a lack of deep water inlets and sheltered bays around Ireland’s coast. Areas that were traditionally seen as the ideal site for aquaculture development are in short supply. However, the onshore and freshwater sectors have been in decline for years, and new technology and practices mean that marine aquaculture is being pushed into more exposed locations. The criteria for site selection is changing.
It is becoming clearer that Ireland’s slow aquaculture development is not due to topography, but bureaucracy.

Fish Farmer Magazine, Harty Oysters

Dungarvan is a small town on Irelands South-East coast. It was once a small fishing and seafaring community that made use of the abundant seafood of the Celtic sea and the natural shelter of Dungarvan bay. In recent decades Dungarvan’s population has grown thanks to investment in modern infrastructure and the biotech firms that have established themselves here.

But sitting alongside the modern there is still much tradition. Just outside Dungarvan there is the Irish language speaking region of Ring (Rinneach). In this Gealtacht area, (where the road signs confuse tourists by instructing them to Stad  or Geaili sli), you will find Harty Oysters. Almost in reflection of their surroundings, Harty Oysters proudly combine traditional farming with modern techniques and technology Hexafly

One company that has managed to breach this bottle neck is Ireland based Hexafly. “The real technical challenge was the breeding, getting them to reproduce on a commercial scale all year round has proven difficult” explained CEO, Alvan Hunt. Hexafly was founded by Alvan and three other young entrepreneurs who met while at University. The company was founded in response to “a lack of innovation in agri-tech” and now has a capacity for 47 tonnes of larvae at its facility near Kells, Co. Meath.

Alvan makes it clear that the company’s ability to produce on such a scale is not a stroke of luck “Although the company is quiet young, our R&D has been going on for quite some time”. The company has inevitably attracted attention of feed producers and investors. “In May last year we were approached by an American Venture Capitalist fund and we were enrolled in an accelerator program. This was 4 months of intense training, mentorship and commercial insight. It gave us a great boost and we got to work with some of the global leaders in this field”. The company has also been accepted to the YieldLab start up accelerator fund which has recently established itself in Ireland.

Misc. Copy and Blogs

Event guide listing for Goodwood Festival of Speed

The ultimate celebration of all things fast comes roaring back. Every year the stunning Goodwood estate becomes home to a huge range of cars, bikes and anything else that excites those with high octane fuel in their veins. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is more than just a car show, it is a pilgrimage, an action-packed feast for the senses of sights, sounds and spectacle. This is not a static display, machinery from the dawn of Motorsport to the current pinnacle of high performance technology will be put through their paces on the famed Goodwood race circuit. This 3-day event is a must for any true Motorsport enthusiast.

Brief 'thought leader' style comment for a client on the subject of climate change

Climate change hasn't gone away. Although the topic is gaining less attention than it did when Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient truth' was hitting movie screens, there are still many scientists and academics working on the issue. It may no longer be the hot topic, but the impacts of climate change can be felt around the globe.

Unusual weather patterns, freak storms and obvious changes in our environment all give credence to what science has been saying for decades. Despite this, people are not as concerned as the academics would like them to be.

During the global recession of 2007 climate change faded into the background, drowned out by news of economic disaster, lending scandals and bailouts. It didn't help that many governments cut funding to climate change research programs or shut them down entirely. Public trust in climate research was also severely impacted by the notorious ‘climate-gate’ scandal of 2009.

Climate gate was the result of a cyber-attack on the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. During the hacking many emails between colleagues at the unit were leaked. Climate change sceptics and deniers pounced on the leaked conversations, claiming the emails proved climate scientists were manipulating data for their own gains. In reality, the conversations were taken out of context or misinterpreted.

Now that this controversy has faded, are the public going to pay attention again? With the global recession passing, will people pull their heads from their wallets and worry about the world around them?

Sales listing for a real-estate client

This is a wonderfully restored period building, tastefully modernised into a 4/5-bedroom family home.
The restoration was carried out to a high standard and all fixtures and fittings are of very high quality. The previous owners were careful to maintain the unique rustic charm of the house by keeping some original elements such as the feature stone archway in the reception hall and the cast-iron fireplace.

The kitchen, in keeping with the house’s character has a beautiful vaulted ceiling with original feature beams and a modern 4 oven range cooker. Continuing this theme, the dining room features a modern solid fuel stove.

The living room has a large open fireplace as its focal point and attractive cherrywood flooring.

There is a guest bedroom on the ground floor with an adjacent bathroom and built-in wardrobe

Upstairs the master bedroom has a high ceiling and a fully tiled, en-suite bathroom.

Bedrooms 2 and 3 are bright and spacious with built-in wardrobes

The 4th upstairs bedroom is currently used as an office.

The long, paved driveway brings you through the 2.5 acres of property, bordered by mature deciduous trees and containing large well-maintained lawns. The grounds include a paddock and a fruit orchard

The 3-car garage is fitted electric roller doors and would be easily converted to a workshop or studio as it is supplied with electricity and running water.


This home includes gas-fired central heating, a private water supply and filtration system and is connected to the broadband network.