Family Community Business
Living in Skerries with Jackie and our two children Ben & Emma, we are very lucky to have our families living nearby in Balbriggan and Balrothery. My family is my passion, I love being a father and spending time with Jackie and the kids. I volunteer and give a lot of my time to community youth projects like CoderDojo, Scouts and Balrothery Youth Project. I encourage the kids to be involved in Tidy Towns and other similar projects. Enthusiasm for volunteering is very important, recruiting others to get involved in their community is what I strive for. I really believe everyone should give their time to projects in their towns and villages. The reward and sense of good will you get is extremely beneficial to body and soul.
I am a self-employed Digital Marketing Consultant running my own business allows me to offer a lot of my time for local projects and community work as my clients are primarily business, clubs and organisations located throughout North Fingal which allows me while conducting my business build relationships with people, meet new people and keep on top of issues and activities in the local communities.
Blog & Influence
I manage and run a blog / news website www.Balbriggan.net which has 10,000 Google verified regular monthly users and 8,000 followers on facebook. I also run 3 facebook community groups in Balbriggan, Skerries and Balrothery.
I studied Social Work at Trinity College as a Mature student until 1999. At this time I worked part time at Carphone Warehouse and soon after my professional career began. Up to 2011 I had been in sales and marketing I have worked with many of the main players in the Mobile Phone industry, starting with Carphone Warehouse I was soon promoted to Manager and worked at their flagship store at Grafton Street. I went on to work as a National Account Manager with Esat Digifone this role meant building relationships with many of the main mobile phone dealers and their staff around the country.
In 2011 I was made redundant and finding work was impossible, we had just had our second child and were 5 years into an excessive mortgage. I took a chance and opened my own mobile phone Shop in Balbriggan which also serviced Skerries, Rush, Lusk and most of North County Dublin. I had built up relationships with suppliers and through various Business 2 Business activities with my roles in telecoms I had and an extensive Business Network in North Fingal. The shop worked extremely well and although footfall on the main street had diminished there was enough to establish a good business. However, a combination of delayed payments from corporate clients and poor credit availability the business eventually failed, however I did learn a huge amount about running a business and built new connections in the business community.
At this time things became quite difficult and the banks were really breathing down our necks and we were lurching from one short term solution to the next. I took on some low-level sales jobs and tried to keep the wolf from the door. While in business I took a big interest in online marketing and social media for business. I took this a step further and took on a Degree in Digital Marketing with Dublin Business School. I completed this in 2015 and in 2016 I was asked to come back and give lectures to new students and have been working there as a part-time guest lecturer ever since.
In 2015 I also established my own consultancy business and again called on my extensive business network in Balbriggan. My businesses involved working with SME’s, Sole traders, the self employed and some politicians to establish an online presence with websites, social media channels and online marketing.
My extensive career in sales and marketing and taking the old school method of knocking doors, making telephone calls and cold calling to a new digital platform has been the key to my current success.
Community & Volunteering
Swimming Pool Campaign – In January 2018 I helped establish the North Fingal Pool Campaign. A committee committed to campaign for a public swimming pool in North Fingal.
Scouts Parents Committee – I am a committee member of 89th Bremore Scouts Parents Committee
Balrothery Summer Project – Fund Raising & Development
For the past 3 years I have been involved with this group that organises 2 weeks of day trips, fun days and education trips for children of Balrothery Village.
One of our goals this year was to grow the number of volunteers from 9 to 30 people vetted and Cross care trained, we achieved this with initiatives and a recruitment drive that I established. We now have enough volunteers to establish a permanent youth club in Balrothery.
Balbriggan & Skerries CoderDojo -I have been a mentor and volunteer at Skerries CoderDojo for the past 5 years.
In 2015 I was involved with the establishment of a Balbriggan CoderDojo and I have continued to be involved volunteering in Skerries and volunteering and organising the Balbriggan Dojo.
Balbriggan Gospel Choir - As well as singing with the choir I am on the organising committee.
Past Roles & Volunteering
2006 – 2010 Chair Balrothery Community Council
2013 – 2016 Chair Balrothery Community Council
Balrothery Tidy Towns 2016 Chair Balrothery Tidy Towns. increased on 2015 mark by 15 points
Balbriggan Chamber Of Commerce
From 2011 to 2013 I was an executive member of Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce
Balbriggan Community Council – In 2014 I helped establish Balbriggan Community Council Steering Committee.