Listen: Catriona O’Donoghue has escaped the ordinary

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement NewsBusinessListen: Catriona O’Donoghue has escaped the ordinaryBy Staff Reporter – March 24, 2019 884 Previous articleLimerick seal first League final spot in thirteen years after Dublin victoryNext articleLove is Magic for John Grant Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.iecenter_img Linkedin Email Print Catriona O’Donoghue, Network Ireland Limerick. Photo: Cian ReinhardtTEAM building events and delivering adult experiences is the main focus of Get West and Escape Limerick, the sister companies run by Catriona O’Donoghue and her partner.Identifying a gap in the corporate market to provide such experiences, the companies now service local, national and international clients.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Explaining the concept, Catriona says that they “go on site and set up a team-building experience for your work team, be it indoor or outdoor, so here locally we would run events in the Milk Market, King John’s Castle, in function rooms at the local hotels or we bring the activities to where the client wants to be.”Continue reading below…Set up more than five years ago, the firm started out offering kayaking experiences but it wasn’t sustainable so they started to explore more team-building options on land and indoors.“Essentially we have evolved a lot since then but we still go back to our roots and use kayaking as a team building experience if required.As a year-round offering, “Escape Limerick is a Limerick inspired Escape room experience in the medieval quarter.“In the three escape rooms, visitors get locked into a room for 60 minutes and the whole idea is that you have to solve a series of puzzles to try and figure out how to escape before the time runs out.”Speaking of the evolution of her company, Ms O’Donoghue said that she wanted to bring experiences to the adult market and “we always felt that corporate was the way to go for what we do because we really enjoy working with the adult market as it is very rewarding.”A recent increase in foreign direct investment companies and home grown firms supported the move.“In the last two and half years there is more and more of that business here.“There are companies that are coming to Limerick from around Ireland for their team building experience and  even international business tourists are coming here. So yes, definitely, we can see a massive growth in the business with all the investment here recently.”Internationally, there is a very positive attitude towards Limerick and the region, Catriona believes.“Limerick and the Mid West is a great place to work, live and visit and the international market knows this.“There is a great ecosystem here and it is improving all the time so there is definitely a very positive attitude to Limerick that we are experiencing.,” she said.Looking at her new role as president with Network Ireland Limerick, Catriona said that “for me it has been a fantastic social outlet as well and not just in terms of generating direct sales but getting to meet women who are like minded and facing the same challenges and being able to bounce off each other.”Network Ireland is the fastest growing women’s network in the country.With a vision to empower women, “this year the mission for the entire network is to ‘step up’ and for women not to shy away from challenges and to go for it by seizing opportunities,” Catriona said.“It is about building women up and giving them more skills and confidence but mainly supporting their professional development.”Speaking about the resurgence of Limerick as a whole, Catriona also notes that there are threats on the horizon.“It is really about making ourselves sustainable and strong locally so we can weather future storms, of which there are sure to be some,” Catriona said.“There are a lot of good things going on in Limerick but the city centre is a little bit vulnerable.“The 2030 plans (including the five sites) are fantastic and ambitious and it is brilliant to see the council take the lead on this as it wasn’t happening otherwise.“I just think there is a lack of vision for the core and I think that makes it vulnerable,” the president said.“It has to be a joint effort and it is in the short to medium term that it is vulnerable.“There is a boom in terms of pubs, nightlife, great restaurants and there is a great food scene here, so culturally there is a lot going on, but I think the retail piece and the marriage of all of those parts – there is no great vision for that.”Retailers could question their survival Catriona noted adding that all stakeholders “should think outside the box and look at more experiential retail experiences and they need to be supported until 2025 or 2030 when all those great things come.”Having a “grá for the underdog,” Catriona said that she located their business on Nicholas Street with a view to its potential and the potential of the quarter and the city centre.“I feel people have to put their money where their mouth is and they need to take the chance and go for it in their business decisions and we have seen that on Nicholas Street.”With new businesses opening, some renovating and others due to open throughout the year, Catriona describes it as “very exciting”.However, one caveat offered is that “unless people are living here, the city centre will never reach its full potential.”Noting the limited city centre housing options, Catriona said that “people need to start somewhere. That would be one of our goals personally this year, to move in to the city centre with my family.Speaking as a entrepreneur in Limerick who started out her studies and career in mental health care, Catriona said that she is not surprised she ended up in business.“I like being in charge of my own destiny so what you put in you get out so you obviously have to be working smart and for me that is really rewarding.Catriona said that she believes in the company’s vision “and that keeps me motivated”.Looking back at her educational and career paths to date, Catriona said that real world experience is vital for those embarking upon major decisions in their lives.“Part of me thinks that if they could get a taste for the real world of work and business before they commit to their course, I think that is really sensible.”Having started out doing a year and half in Mary Immaculate College before changing courses to the University of Limerick, it is really only since she started in business that she understood what she wanted to achieve.“Business gives you such a broad education because sometimes you don’t know what your strengths are.”Being able to draw on the experience of those in business would be invaluable information to young teens plotting a course for their careers, Catriona said adding that “people should be able to tell their business stories, warts and all.”A nod to the future, Catriona said that Network Ireland and the Limerick branch will go from strength to strength as “a lot of people reach out to Network Ireland Limerick even before they come to Limerick.”“And personally I hope I will be living in the city centre within the next 12 months so I am de-cluttering my life at the moment and I am really excited about that.last_img read more

Highlights of the Week

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Indiana faces tough test vs No. 21 Iowa

first_imgIndiana faces tough test vs No. 21 Iowa February 12, 2020 SUPER SENIORS: Iowa’s Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp and Ryan Kriener have collectively accounted for 58 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 59 percent of all Hawkeyes points over the last five games.LEAPING FOR LUKA: Garza has connected on 38.2 percent of the 76 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 17 over the last three games. He’s also converted 65.4 percent of his foul shots this season.PERFECT WHEN: The Hoosiers are 13-0 when they record five or more steals and 2-8 when they fall shy of that mark. The Hawkeyes are 15-0 when they hold opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.1 percent or worse, and 2-7 when opponents exceed that percentage.THREAT BEHIND THE ARC: Iowa’s Wieskamp has attempted 126 3-pointers and connected on 38.1 percent of them, and is 7 for 22 over the last five games.DID YOU KNOW: Indiana gets to the line more often than any other Big Ten team. The Hoosiers have averaged 23.5 free throws per game this season, but that total has slipped to 13 over their four-game losing streak.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 21 Iowa (17-7, 8-5) vs. Indiana (15-8, 5-7)Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana; Thursday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 21 Iowa presents a tough challenge for Indiana. Indiana has won three of its six games against ranked opponents this season. Iowa easily beat Nebraska by 24 in its last outing.center_img Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Charity Match for Reconstruction of Hospital in Bihać

first_imgOn Sunday from 19 pm at the Stadium Asim Ferhatović Hase in Sarajevo will be played the charity match “Sarajevo for Bihać, Sarajevo for the hospital Dr. Irfan Ljubijankić“, in which will play four Sarajevo premier leagues  as one team against the unity of Bihać. All benefits from it will be used to finance the hospital in Bihać. The idea for the charity match was given by Dino Selimović, the director of FK Sarajevo, who invited the premier leagues of Željeznicar, Olimpic and Slavija to participate in a football match, and all funds raised from ticket sales will go for the restoration of the hospital Dr. Irfan Ljubijankić in Bihac, which was badly damaged by fire in 26th July. Sarajevo premier leagues have responded to the invitation and on Sunday is expected a nice football game of humanitarian character. Ticket prices for the North and South Stand is 5 km, while the price of tickets for the east and west stand is 10 KM.last_img read more

A New Jersey Hero

first_imgMary Pat Christie, the wife of Gov. Chris Christie, presented Lore Macdonald, a co-founder of the Horizons Student Enrichment Program, with the state’s 22nd New Jersey Hero Award during a ceremony Wednesday, July 17, at the Rumson County Day School. Celebrating the award are Horizons program students and, from left in the center: Macdonald; Chad Small, head of school at Rumson Country Day School; Bridget Christie, the Christies’ daughter; Christie; and Robin Scheman, president of the Horizons board.last_img

Gardai search for 13 year old mugger after children attacked

first_imgGardai are searching for a 13-year-old mugger who attacked two young boys and demanded money from them.The suspect attacked the boys who are also aged just 11 and 13 in broad daylight in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.The frightening incident happened around 11am on Saturday morning last at Pearse Road close to the Station House Hotel. The attacker approached the boys and demanded money from them.When they refused he attacked them and punched them in the face.Garda Niall Maguire said the attack lasted for up to ten minutes leaving the youngsters terrified.The suspect in the attack is believed to be as young as 13 or 14 years old, he added. “You can image that kids so young being faced with something like this. It’s horrific. The attack was sustained and it lasted up to ten minutes.“They were punched in the face and money was demanded from them,” he said.Gardai are now downloading CCTV footage in the area in a bid to identify the teenager suspected of carrying out the attack.They particularly want to speak to the driver of a red car who had to swerve out of the way of the victims as they fled the scene.Anybody who may have witnessed the attack in what was a very busy area at a busy time of the day is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda station. Gardai search for 13 year old mugger after children attacked was last modified: May 23rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:attackGardailetterkennypleateenagerslast_img read more

Martin among five missing as Fulham head to Cardiff

first_imgChris Martin is among five Fulham players missing for their FA Cup trip to Cardiff on Sunday.On-loan striker Martin has not been involved in the last two Whites matches, against Reading and Brighton, since telling the club he wanted to return to parent club Derby.Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has insisted they will not agree to an early termination of his season-long loan deal.Tomas Kalas and Michael Madl remain sidelined with injury, leaving Tim Ream and Ragnar Sigurdsson as the only available senior centre-backs.Wingers Floyd Ayite and Neeskens Kebano are both at the Africa Cup of Nations with Togo and DR Congo respectively.See also:Fulham interested in signing Cisse   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Ind vs WI: Dhoni slams poor umpiring in first Test

first_imgIndian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday flayed poor umpiring in the first Test against the West Indies after beating them by 63 runs at Sabina Park in Jamaica.Dhoni said, “The match would have ended even earlier had correct decisions been made and we would have been in the hotel much earlier.”As many as three Indian batsmen — Dhoni (16), Virat Kohli (15) and Suresh Raina (27) — fell to dubious decisions which could have gone the visitors’ way.Kohli was the first one to be declared out following a debatable decision by English umpire Ian Gould in India’s second innings. Then Raina was given out off Devendra Bishoo while attempting a sweep shot. However replays showed there was no glove or bat involved. Dhoni was also unlucky as he fell to a no ball delivery.These umpiring decisions might open the debate over the use of umpire decision review system (UDRS) again, which the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has opposed.The BCCI has been opposing the UDRS and has refused its usage in the upcoming Test series in England.last_img read more

Cricket: Kapil Dev weighs in on the Yo-Yo Test debate

first_imgAdvertisement Kapil Dev at the launch of the tournament on Wednesday. Agency *** Local Caption *** Kapil Dev at the launch of the tournament on Wednesday. AgencyAdvertisementImage Courtesy: Indian ExpressFormer Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev gave his thoughts to Times Of India on the Yo-Yo fitness criteria test that has taken Indian cricket by storm. The legend was critical of the test as he felt that the player’s on-field performance should be given the first priority rather than the fitness level. Kapil Dev also went on to state:“If a player is match fit, he should be playing and there should not be any other criteria,“Even football legend Diego Maradona wasn’t the fastest runner but whenever he had the ball, he was the fastest. Similarly, every cricketer has a different way of responding to fitness drill. A bowler can perhaps clear the Yo-Yo test easily than a batsman. But this isn’t the ultimate test to judge a player. It comes down to your performances on the field and cricketers should be judged only on the basis of their on-field performances,” The recent axing of Ambati Raydu from the squad to England despite having a stellar IPL campaign brought over a wave of judgement on the controversial test.Apart from Rayudu, pacer Mohammed Shami and wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson were also removed from the squad after failing to pass the test.Read Also:India vs Ireland: Virat Kohli reveals the surprise element that can surprise their opponentsIndia vs Ireland: First T20I Review- Men In Blue begin tour on an emphatic fashion with a thumping winlast_img read more