200 years of ‘Silent Night’ in Salzburg

December 20, 2018 eblaney 0

This year, heralding Advent and the lead-up to Christmas Eve, Salzburgers celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the classic hymn Silent Night. It may be a song familiar to billions of people around the world but very few understand the origins of this Christmas carol and what it has come to represent. [Read More]

The Central Bank of Ireland Cover-up

May 3, 2017 eblaney 0

A collection of interviews with banking whistle-blower Jonathon Sugarman from around the time of his appearance as a guest before the Oireachtas Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach (a Committee of the Irish Parliament)in [Read More]

Business Meetings in the Middle East

July 18, 2016 eblaney 1

According to Enterprise Ireland, exports from Ireland to the Middle East are heading for €3 billion per annum and many more Irish companies are considering entering this lucrative market. If you are going on an exploratory business trip or are thinking of travelling out to meet with a potential partner, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. Doing business in the Middle East is very different from doing business at home and the ‘rules of engagement’ that we take for granted here are not necessarily the same there. [Read More]

Have you ever heard of Commercial Empathy?

May 7, 2016 eblaney 0

While writing this piece I searched for a definition of ‘Commercial Empathy and very surprisingly, I could not find one anywhere on the internet. Consequently, I decided to construct my own ;

“The ability to understand, share and resolve the challenges faced by potential and existing customers or organisational stakeholders”.
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Christmas Can Be Magical….

December 18, 2015 eblaney 1

It’s so good to see so many people in such good form, particularly those that you may not have seen for over a year, return for their annual visit home having had made a new life abroad, unfortunately in a lot of cases, not by choice. But they are home, the Craic is mighty and it’s like everybody has decided that the cares of the world can be left behind and it’s time to enjoy life to the full. [Read More]

When is Equality not Equality? When it’s RefCom2015

May 20, 2015 eblaney 0

If this referendum was truly about equality and nothing else, it would probably be carried by ninety-five percent of those who will vote. However, after spending the last couple of weeks researching the implications of the proposed amendment and speaking to countless numbers of people both LBGT and heterosexual, I am convinced that there is considerably more to this than simple equality. [Read More]

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