27 Businesses You Can Start for Less Than $1,000

Posted in News on 06 May 2016

Laura Cattano went from working in a restaurant to managing her own business in less than a year and spent "next to nothing" to get started.

Her biggest initial startup costs? Replacing an old computer and spending about $400 to create an LLC. Since then, Cattano's client list for her professional organizing business has grown to be "in the thousands" and multiple major fashion magazines have featured her work.

"My advice is to go out there and do it," Cattano said. "Starting a business is not easy. It's a lot of hard work, but if you take your work seriously, people will notice."

If you're looking to start your own business, think about what skills you have, career experts said.

"Ask yourself, 'What's my passion?'" career and life coach Deborah Brown-Volkman said. "People want control over their career, and so creating their own business for under $1,000 gives them the ability to test it out, to see what works and what doesn't."

Experts say once you feel you're onto something, purchase some sort of business insurance, which will likely be a big chunk of your costs. Basic business insurance usually ranges from $200 to $500 a month, varying depending on location.

1. Tutor

If you have a skill, teach it. The average wage of a tutor is $17.29 per hour, according to PayScale.

2. Dog walker

Love pets and getting some exercise? Dog walking is an easy business to start. Pet business insurance will make up the majority of your expenses, which usually cost $200 to 400 a month, according to one pet business insurance provider. Dog walkers typically make $8 to $20 an hour, with an average wage of $12.03.

3. Professional organizer

If you have a knack for turning clutter into cleanliness, why not try turning that into cash? The median hourly salary for a professional organizer is $25.

4. Fashion stylist

A great place to start is by styling a few of your friends for a party, and then encouraging them to tell their friends, career experts said. Soon you could have your own fashion business and be making a median of $15 an hour to above $40 once as you gain experience.

5. Translator

Multilingual entrepreneurs, this business is for you. Whether you want to take up projects people post online, approach companies or start-ups that do a lot of international business or check local job postings, there are multiple ways to start building your own translation business. Translators make a median income of $20 per hour.

6. Photographer

If you're a stay-at-home parent with a knack for photography, creating family portraits or photographing events for people in your neighborhood could be the start of a fruitful business. The trick here is that you'll probably need to have a nice camera, a tripod and equipment insurance -- the total cost of which will most likely exceed $1,000. If you can get a deal on a good camera at a lower price or already have the equipment, then the start-up costs are low. Freelance photographers make a median of $24 per hour.

7. Errand runner

Lots of people don't have the time to run errands daily, and a local errand service business could be a great solution. Errand runners make about $11 per hour.

8. Transcriber

From video shoots to audio interviews or speeches, there's a lot out there that needs to be transcribed. If you're a good typist with a few extra hours and a computer, you could start your own transcription service. The median hourly wage for transcribers is $15.

9. Freelance writer

Companies and content websites need good content, and you want to start your own business. Consider starting your own business as a freelance writer. Freelance writers typically are paid by the post or project, so wages can vary.

10. Jewelry maker

Jewelry makers would most likely make money on sales and projects, as opposed to hourly wages. Platforms for selling homemade goods like Etsy are a benchmark of what you could expect to charge for your products.

11. Avon or Tupperware sales person

Independent sales representatives for companies like Avon or Tupperware don't have to worry about creating a product or inventing a business structure. If you like talking with people, this social business could be for you. Incomes differ based on the company you work for and the amount of sales you make.

12. Makeup artist

If you're a professional makeup artist or hairdresser at a salon, you could earn extra income by setting up your own side business. If you love makeup or hair care but aren't an expert, consider investing in a class or certificate program. Talk with professionals to find what they recommend, experts said. Makeup artists earn a median salary of $16 per hour, while hairdressers earn a median of $9.

13. Virtual assistant

Organized self-starters could find good work being a virtual assistant, a person who does all the things an assistant would normally do, just via the internet and phone. Virtual assistants earn a median salary of $16 per hour.

14. Personal chef

Roll up your sleeves and break out the spices. A personal culinary business where you are a chef for private parties could be a delicious venture. Personal chefs make a median of $20 per hour.

15. Personal shopper

If you love to shop or are interested in fashion retail, starting a personal shopping business could be a great fit. Personal shoppers earn a median of $14 an hour.

16. Graphic designer

Graphic design has be frustrating for the nondesigner. While there are free design tools out there, many do not offer customization or the insight an expert would. That's where your business could come in. Graphic designers make a median of $15 per hour, which you can factor into project prices.

17. UI/UX designer

This one's a little more obscure to the average entrepreneur than the others. User interface (UI) design and user experience design (UX) make sure your website or app is user friendly, intuitive and visually pleasing among other things. UI designers make a median of $32 per hour while UX designers make a median of $35 per hour.

18. Social media manager

Many small companies or other entrepreneurs can't afford to have a social media manager or marketing team. Starting a social media company where you manage part-time or full-time other people's accounts could be a profitable gig. Social media managers make a median of $14 per hour.

19. Consultant

"Every industry could have a consultant. In order to be a successful consultant, you need to have some sort of success in that particular field," career expert Jill Jacinto said.

As a consultant, you could help businesses make contacts, form deals and guide their strategic plan as a consultant. This job has a median salary of $20 per hour.

20. PR professional

Have experience in a particular field? Recently retired? You likely have a lot of contacts and expertise in a specific industry, which you could leverage for your own venture. PR managers work with the media, government agencies and advertisers. They typically make $20 per hour.

21. Wedding planner

If you love detail and decor and don't mind the stress of dealing with last-minute changes, a wedding planning business could be a great fit. Wedding planners earn a median of $17 per hour.

22. Event planner

Weddings aren't the only events that need planning. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduation parties are just a few of many events people need help organizing. Event planners make a median of $17 per hour.

23. Property manager

This job is replacing what used to be known as the butler, experts said. A property manager looks after a household and ensures all property activities run smoothly. The manager would get the mail, do the laundry, stock the fridge, work with other professionals like gardeners and cleaning assistants. It's especially helpful for people who own multiple properties and don't have time to look after them. Property managers could make anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 per year, experts said.

24. Caterer

While a personal chef usually caters to smaller groups, caterers prepare meals for big events. If you're a great cook who can handle multiple meals cooking at once, you could start your own catering business. Personal caterers make a median of $11 per hour.

25. Personal trainer

Insurance is something you'll need at the outset with this business. If you love to work out, look into certifications you could get to become a personal trainer. If you're already certified, even better! Personal trainers make a median of $18 per hour.

26. Accountant

If you're a certified accountant, you could start your own practice. Accountants make a median of $18 per hour.

27. Copy editor

Business pamphlets, grant proposals and blog posts all need copy editing. Why not take your literacy and grammar skills to the market? Copy editors make a median of $18 per hour.



Search Optics creates 100 new jobs in Dublin

Posted in News on 05 May 2016

Digital marketing player Search Optics is to create 100 new jobs at its new European headquarters at Fumbally Square in Dublin 8 as part of an IDA Ireland-supported investment.

Search Optics provides an integrated digital marketing platform to many of the world’s leading blue-chip companies.

The company was founded in 1998 in San Diego and has 12 offices in nine countries worldwide.

“EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) is a region that is ripe for growth. It will benefit extensively from the digital marketing technology and hands-on expertise we bring to the marketplace,” said David Ponn, CEO of Search Optics.

We are dedicated to providing real results for our clients, backed by local employees in Ireland, and, with our new EMEA home in Dublin supporting us geographically, economically and culturally, we are excited to join the Irish business community.”

Search Optics uses a mixture of technology and human interaction to glean measurable results from web traffic.

The head of Search Optics in Dublin, Brendan O’Brien, explained that the company has already hired its first 15 employees and is looking to expand the business rapidly.

“Dublin is a diverse, vibrant city that offers us access to highly-skilled staff and a comprehensive technology infrastructure that will serve as the perfect base as we expand into EMEA,” he said.


FoodMicro 2016

Posted in Events on 28 April 2016



Time: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin, DUBLIN 4, Ireland
Price: EUR200 - EUR790
Category: Food / Beverage

FoodMicro 2016, taking place in the University College Dublin, Ireland from 19th - 22nd July, 2016, is now accepting abstracts and registrations. This is the first time this prestigious conference has been held in Ireland and is expected to attract over 1,000 food microbiologists and other experts from the food industry.

'One Health meets Food Microbiology' is the theme of FoodMicro 2016 and the conference will see a wide variety of subjects discussed around the areas of food microbiology, food safety, food hygiene, food biotechnology and to the application of molecular approaches in all aspects of modern food microbiology at both an international and local level. The deadline for submitting abstract is November, 2015, while the early-bird registration rates will be in place until early 2016.

Oracle Functional Projects/OTL consultant

Posted in Jobs on 28 April 2016

Job Description

Tell me about the role- What will I be doing on a daily basis?

Version 1 seeks a deeply experienced implementation consultant who can implement the primary PA modules; costing and billing, IProc, OTL, payables and ideally some of the connecting Finance modules for example GL and FA or from the HRMS family of modules. The role will require experience and capability of requirement mapping, gap analysis, conference room pilots, UAT and all the other disciplines required for implementation. Furthermore the role will include all other aspects of functional consulting, i.e. bespoke projects, customisations, upgrades and all other aspects of functional, system and business process advice and guidance.

The role will involve travelling predominantly to the client site or other nominated sites.

About Version 1
Our mission is simple – to prove that IT can deliver real benefits to our customers’ businesses. There is probably not a person or business in Ireland that does not touch on technology built or supported by Version 1 on a day-to-day basis. Some 200 customers across the Utilities, Public, Financial, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Education and Health sectors depend on Version 1 to deliver service and solution excellence.

Why Version 1 – There are a lot of IT Companies out there hiring but what makes us so special?

We think this past year says it all;

March 2016 Version 1 wins the award for the most effective engagement strategy
Feb 2016 Version 1 has been accredited as a Best Company to work for in the UK
Feb 2016 Version 1 named in the top 10 Best Large Workplaces in Ireland
Nov 15 Version 1 Ranks Top on Glassdoor
Oct 15 Success for Version1 at UKOUG
July 2015 Version 1 wins Microsoft Application Development Partner of the Year
June 2015 Version 1 ranks in Top 50 Best Workplaces in Europe for 3rd year
May 2015 Version 1 awarded the Ruban d'Honneur at the European Business Awards
Version1 & CEO Justin Keatinge win big at 2015 Tech Excellence Awards &
Solas Autism Unit and DEBRA Ireland collect their Community Trust Grants &
Version 1 wins Public Sector Project of the Year for SEAI
March 2015 Version 1 recognised as a Best Managed Company for 4th Successive Year &
Version 1 recognised as the top Oracle database partner in the UK & Ireland
Feb 2015 Version 1 named in Top 5 Best Large Workplaces 2015
Feb 2015 Version 1 recognised among leading European businesses
Jan 2015 Version 1 Acquires 3rd UK Company

Job Objectives

Daily Tasks include:

• Identifying and documenting business requirements and configuration using the Oracle AIM methodology
• Configuring Oracle release 12.1.3 to meet the clients requirements
• Support the client through full UAT lifecycles and Go Live
• Ensure full Knowledge Transfer to clients/Support team.
• User Training
• Management of change requests through the software development lifecycle using ITIL standards
• Liaising with oracle to ensure effective management of client SRs
• Ensure that the clients are kept up to date with latest patches released from Oracle to ensure compliance with latest legislation
• Manage on-time project delivery and business expectations and ensure internal customer satisfaction
• Assist with risk management and change management on projects

Skills Required

What skills and experience would be useful?

• Excellent experience of implementing Oracle Project and OTL modules
• Implementation experience in other Oracle modules such as Financials, Procurement, HRMS advantageous
• Ability to research, learn, troubleshoot and support complex system customisations
• Excellent written and verbal communication
• Experience of working effectively within a team and of displaying good communication skills.
• Excellent mentoring and skills transfer capabilities
• Organised and self-motivated

• SQL skills and a good understanding of the Projects schema
• Experience working with other Oracle modules such as Financials, Procurement, HRMS
• Functional and Technical problem investigation skills

What can Version 1 offer me?

This is a great opportunity to progress your career with our multiple awards and industry accreditations include;

• Oracle Platinum Partner
• Microsoft Country Partner
• Amazon Advanced Consulting Partner
• Great Place to Work® 2012 , 2013,2014,2015,2016
• Deloitte Gold Standard Best Managed Company

Career progression:

Version 1 actively supports training & development. The role offers access to further certifications and training, among a technically excellent peer group.
Version 1's Development Services Capability will work with you to ensure you have everything you need to meet your career goals. Whether joining as a graduate and needing that initial steer to meet the demands of the professional workplace, or a seasoned professional looking perhaps to transition into an even bigger role, the Capability structure provides the roadmap and requisite guidance. In turn, you can help Version 1 grow by feeding back your insights into the company's long term technological strategy.

Our Benefits:
• Medical Health insurance (100% funded by Version 1)
• Annual travel insurance for you and any dependents
• Quarterly profit share
• Educational Assistance
• Training & Development Programs
• Company Contributory Pension Scheme
• Life Assurance
• Employee Assistance Program
• Up to 30 days holidays (including annual leave and Public Holidays)
• Membership of Version 1’s Group Scheme
• Sports and Social Club
• Re-location expenses

Please apply here.

The Only 5 Ways You Can Become Rich

Posted in News on 28 April 2016

There are many definitions of what it means to be rich.

Being rich is more of a state of mind than a dollar amount. Truthfully, the rich can be poor and the poor can be rich. For example, being rich could be a family of five who lovingly share their small piece of bread in a third-world country. Conversely, another family of five may live in a 12-bedroom home and still have strife over an unlimited first-class feast!

Moreover, being rich is really about having it all. It would be ideal to have a combination of the aforementioned situations: the happy family enjoying a delectable meal in the big house -- and it is possible. However, to achieve this kind of wealth, along with financial freedom, personal peace and happiness, you must get committed to it. 

You must also be able to enjoy your wealth. Some people put in a hundred hours per week with work but completely neglect their families in the process. Others focus on their family so much that they never really get busy at work because of their obligations. Obviously, achieving a sense of balance will allow you to possess true wealth and also be able to enjoy it. 

If you're looking to have it all in life, here are the only five ways you can become rich: 

1. Adopt the Producer Mentality

You must make a major shift from being a consumer to producer. Here are some examples: consumers eat pizza, producers make pizza; consumers watch movies, producers make movies; consumers search for jobs, producers provide jobs. Every millionaire is a producer. Only producers get rich.

The overarching goal of a producer is not to eat, but to feed people. Obviously, producers must consume at some point, but it isn't their primary goal. Instead of seeking their next meal, they're more interested in providing the next meal for someone else, knowing that they will have the chance to eat in the process. 

Whether these producers are providing heart surgeries, writing best-selling books, or building skyscrapers, they've learned how to create products and services to help those around them. If you study millionaires closely, you'll find that nearly all them provide a valuable product or service to millions of people. When you adopt a producer mentality, you will become wealthy, too.

2. Know Your Daily Rate

How much are you worth per day? Have you calculated your daily worth? $100? $500? $1,000? There are approximately 250 working days in a year. Do you know what it would take to be a millionaire? If you earned $4,000 per day, you would reach the million-dollar mark each year.

If you're earning $100 per day, you should try to double it. Just imagine, if you did twice as much, you would earn twice as much! For instance, when I first started my business, I was worth about $200 per day. Since I didn't want to stay at that number, I sought better ways to improve myself for my clients, which gave me a tremendous boost of income.

What are you doing to improve your daily rate? If you're searching for a new job, send out twice as many resumes. If you're making 10 sales calls per day, double your number of calls to 20. If you're babysitting one child, find a way to multiply your results by opening up a day-care for 50 kids. Of course, it would be best to maintain or increase your quality of work as you pursue these endeavors.

3. Sacrifice Everything

The great majority of people are afraid to make sacrifices because they think they'll lose something. The single mother won't buy a $20 book that will help her earn $20,000 extra dollars. She's the same mother who's afraid of the cost, but still would buy a video game for her son to make him happy. 

Before you become rich, you must become poor. Besides lottery winners and heirs who receive hefty inheritances, you must be willing to pay the price and sacrifice everything. You must be able to handle the worst if you want to expect the best. There will be many times where you'll have to delay gratification to focus on a bigger goal, which is always worth it in the end.

To approach a risk more judiciously, ask yourself two questions: "What's the worst thing that can happen if I take this risk?" Then ask yourself, "What's the best thing that can happen?" Usually, you'll find that the only reason that you wouldn't take a major risk is because money is involved. However, you should be able to sacrifice everything to become immensely rich, even if it's your last dollar.

4. Only Do Wealthy Activities

The number one wealth killer is when a person of promise hangs out in places of poverty. Many times, people put themselves in poor places, which surrounds them with poor people. Get away from poor places if you want to avoid poor people. Dwelling along with poor people in poor places will never make you rich.

When I was a teenager, I used to play basketball with negative people in negative places. I constantly witnessed smoking, cursing, and other disrespectful behaviors every moment of the game. Even though I didn't partake in their antics, I was still a product of my environment, which deeply affected my general performance in life.

Many people tolerate negative conditions like this. They don't realize how much the subtle influence of gossip, violence, and drama impacts them. Moreover, if you're not on prosperity, your in poverty. Find out how you can partake in wealthy activities. For me, instead of playing basketball, I started visiting luxury homes and car dealerships. It changed my life. 

5. Use Your Gifts

Everyone is naturally gifted. Some people have many gifts, while others only have one. Nonetheless, you must realize your gifts and use them. Many times, people will downplay their gifts and even allow others to do it. However, you should cultivate your gifts and surround yourself with people who support it.

Finding your talents, skills, gifts, and abilities may not always be apparent. Since schools, workplaces, and religious institutions seldom encourage people to use their gifts, many people end up forfeiting them because of the financial and social pressures in our enormity of conformity. These pressures reduce the human soul to settle for "fitting in" rather than "standing out." However, at the end of your life, you will be held accountable for how you use your gifts.

For me, I personally always wanted to tell my story. However, I didn't know how to go about it. Eventually, I started to write articles and give speeches free. Because of this, I've been able to reach millions of people, despite the fact that I failed numerous English classes in school. The more you use you gifts, the happier and wealthier you'll be. Your gifts will make room for you. 


Money is being printed constantly for you right now. Make sure you take hold of yours today. Money is the tool that allows you to become more of who you are. Stop 'surviving' and start 'thriving'.There are many virtues in being rich. Be prepared to receive better homes, cars, clothes, food, and friends. You will receive much power when you commit to your wealth!


Workplaces of the Future Will Feel More Like 'The Matrix' Than 'Office Space'

Posted in News on 28 April 2016

The cliché workplace environment of the 20th century makes me think about dull neon lights, desk cubicles, stale air and large IBM computer monitors. I cannot imagine how this would stimulate productivity, innovation and a sense of community for today’s office workers or generation.

Fast forward to 2016, and the new-age workplace is now about fancy ergonomic furniture, architecturally inspired lighting, digital connectivity around the globe and so much more. In Australia, workplace trends are changing fast, enabling start-up entrepreneurs, business owners and employees of organizations the opportunity to run their business and / or workplace affairs from these innovative hubs. 

A ‘laboratory’ for innovation

To get a close-up insight on this subject, I recently interviewed Australian serial entrepreneur Brad Krauskopf, CEO and founder of Third Spaces Group. In my 30-minute chat with Brad, what struck me the most about his philosophy and perspective on the future of workspaces hinged around his bold phrase, “laboratory for innovation."

In simple translation, Brad strongly feels that the future workplace should be all about cultivating "health and wellbeing." It’s about building a community of people that will yield an entrepreneurial culture, drive innovation to another level and elevate the thirst for success from the people within. It’s also about allowing select employees (eg. intrapreneurs), the chance to nurture their entrepreneurial ideas outside of conventional office environments, and for the organization at the end to commercially benefit from outside exposure and learning.

It’s not just about space.

Third Spaces Group is comprised of Hub Australia and Coactive8. These entrepreneurial ventures are committed to increasing the collaborative capacity of people, organizations and cities by conceiving, creating and activating work spaces that optimize productivity, accelerate innovation and foster community. Brad’s vision is to "ultimately help their members grow their business, by building connections and offering networking and learning opportunities."

Brad’s message was as clear as crystal: It’s not enough to just offer physical space to workers. Essentially, it’s about creating a competitive learning environment that yields leadership capacity to coach and manage the needs of distributed workforces, and ultimately create more entrepreneurial leaders for the future.

The operating system

When I think about computers and how they function, I think about the hardware and software of the operating system. If we turn our attention to office space, the hardware will comprise of the furniture, the lighting, etc; the software on the other hand, are the people who run or function within the office. 

A successful workplace requires the careful management of both parts. Brad simply puts it this way, "A fancy workplace environment with all the hardware and with no ‘soul’ is doomed to fail."

For me personally, I like to use the analogy and comparison of a house versus a home. It’s the shear difference between a sterile, clean and uninhabited environment versus a warm, cozy and relaxed habitat that promotes a sense of wellbeing, purpose, functionality and inspiration.

To achieve this result, regardless of whether it’s your home or office, I believe it requires ergonomically designed furniture, a functional floor space design, architecturally inspired features and, most importantly, the right people with a healthy collaborative team spirit.

Science fiction or reality?

When I imagine future workspace environments, and I start to fantasize the possibilities, I resort to my favorite science fiction movies like The Matrix and Back to the Future. These classics amplify Brad’s vision around the use of technology around the home and in the office.

According to Brad, the distant future of functional workspace will also be about using virtual reality and creating the fourth dimension. Brad’s closing statement was pivotal and thought-provoking. He spoke about putting on your headset and going to work in a virtual world, being part of an artificial environment that your architect has developed specifically for your sensory needs, to amplify your drive, inspiration and productivity to a whole new level.

My question is -- how will organizations of the future adjust and take appropriate measures to best manage their people and the new frontiers of technology? Will workers prefer conventional office space, smart hubs or virtual reality -- or a combination of all three ?


How to Get Noticed in Today's Crowded Business Environment

Posted in News on 28 April 2016

In recent conversations with some local entrepreneurs, they asked how they could get more visibility for their work and their products. I asked how they use public relations tactics, such as a pressroom or news releases to promote their businesses. Both just looked at me with a blank stare, not quite sure what I was talking about. They are so focused on selling their products and services that they have not taken the time to tell prospective customers about what they are doing. Here are a few suggestions to get started.

Set up a press room on your website.

This is a fairly easy thing to do.  You can make it “About us” or a “Press Room”, but create a space where journalists or prospective customers can quickly find out more about you and what you are all about. Use this space to share announcements about your new products and services and upcoming special events. People interested in your business want to learn more about what you are up to.  Make it easy for them to find this information.

Start sharing news releases.

Creating and sharing news releases is a fairly simple thing to do, once you get the hang of it. If you need a template for a news release, HubSpot is a great place to start. If you want to use a social media news release, Shift Communications has a great template to get you started. There are many reasons to publish a news release including a new offering, an event, or to announce financial results. is a free way to distribute your news releases. Your prospective customers won’t know what is new, unless you tell them.

Use social media in a way that promotes you.

One thing I noticed about one of these entrepreneurs is that s/he had outsourced social media to an intern who didn’t really know the business. As a result, the focus was not on the business, but was just about random ideas such as “hump day” or whatever caught their attention on Twitter or Instagram. If you are going to spend time and money on social media, make the focus on you and your business. Promote your products and services and tie your social media posts to topics that directly relate to what you are doing, your business, and who you are.  This is a much better way to increase awareness about your business through your followers who can then repost and retweet them to “toot your horn” for you!


Irish mammy co-authors patent for space mission invention by mistake

Posted in News on 28 April 2016

The 82-year-old Limerick mother of an Irish consultant to NASA has inspired a new invention that may one day be used in swarms of spacecraft, by complete mistake.

Director of Lero, the Irish software research centre, Prof Mike Hinchey, was at home one day when a wonderful new idea came to him. How it came to him, though, is brilliant. A simple case of opportunistic eavesdropping.

“I overheard my mum on the phone describing a project I was working on,” said Hinchey. “She said that I was researching a system whereby a drone could chase after another one and fix it. I was working on no such thing but then I thought to myself, ‘Hey, that’s not such a bad idea’.”

Hinchey got thinking and adapted the concept, in theory, for use in future spacecraft that will fly in drones. One fails, the rest help out, “not unlike the behaviour of bees”, he said.

“The system is not unlike the behaviour of bees who sacrifice themselves for the sake of the colony.”

Co-author, of course

Delia Hinchey, his mother, is now a co-author on the patent in the US, along with her son, Emil Vassey – who is also a Lero researcher – and AI expert Roy Sterrit.

“Swarm-based missions may be the wave of the future, whereby space exploration is undertaken not by one large spacecraft but by swarming formations of much smaller, cheaper ones,” said Hinchey. “Future space probes that operate in cooperative swarms must self-sacrifice if they begin to fail and risk damaging their neighbours.”

The way the concept works is not unlike refuelling aircraft in the sky, however, it encompasses far more elements key to space travel, such as recharging power provisions via battery, fuel or solar panels. So, mission-critical spacecraft can get topped up by less important vehicles, a bit like a pace setter in a 10,000m race, getting the top racers into shape for the ultimate showdown.

Irish influence on space

Ireland’s influence on space travel might be greater than you realise. For example, Prof Susan McKenna-Lawlor, for example, is a director with Space Technology Ireland Ltd (STIL).

In her time with STIL (she is there since its creation in 1986), McKenna-Lawlor has overseen projects that have built instrumentation launched by ESA, NASA and the Chinese, Indian and Russian space agencies. She is now pioneering Ireland’s first-ever space mission.

The Edgworth-Kuiper belt, which is the large strip of space rocks beyond Pluto on the periphery of our solar system, is named after Westmeath astronomer Kenneth Edgeworth, who suggested its existence back in the 1930s.

Meanwhile, Jocelyn Bell Burnell confirmed the existence of pulsating radio stars, known as pulsars, with the help of a radio telescope that she played an integral part in developing.

On this announcement, though, Limerick lady Hinchey said: “It’s all a bit beyond me but I’m delighted I sparked something which might be of value to space exploration in the future.”


Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2016 Volunteering

Posted in Volunteer Opportunities on 25 April 2016

We are gearing up for Greenwich and Docklands Festival 2016 and looking
for volunteers who can help out between 17th June and 2nd July.  This is
the 21st year of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and
there is a great array of Performances to celebrate it, a sneak peek at
this year's show can be found here: or on our website

We are looking for Festival Volunteers to help with; marketing, assisting
performances and stewarding. There will also be opportunities for
dedicated volunteers interested in being Team Leaders and Artist Liaisons.
This year's volunteer activities can be found on the attached which will
have something to suit everyone, performances our from 1:30pm-11:30pm so
theirs opportunities outside of working hours and at weekends.

Please circulate this email round your peers if you can, we need a team of
100 volunteers to help us and need all the help we can get!

To apply for this year's festival

Once you've applied I will contact you with further information and shift
times by the 23rd of May.
For more information please contact me at and I
would be delighted to help. Please find Poster attached, please send this
is out and help us get a great team of 100 volunteers by inviting your
friends and family!

Dublin Horse Show

Posted in Events on 22 April 2016



Time: Times Vary
Location: RDS DUBLIN
Category: Sports

The 143rd Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show takes place in July 2016 and it's one of Ireland's biggest annual sporting and social events which attracts over 100,000 visitors both domestic and foreign.

From live music and family entertainment, fashion events, a shopping village, restaurants, bars and snack areas to experience the best in national and international show jumping from, you won't want to miss out.

From €16

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