As I’ve been mostly living in Spain for a couple of years now, I joined up with local GAA club Eire Og Sevilla about 12 months ago. Although now based out of Madrid, I’m still active as PRO (and half-forward) for the club.
So I was busy earlier this month when Seville hosted the first round of the 2011 Iberian GAA Championship, with 200 players from seven teams (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Marbella, A Coruña, Iruña / Pamplona and us) taking part in the first ever Gaelic football tournament held in the city.
As PRO I tried to drum up as much coverage as possible in the local Spanish media, and also with papers and websites back in Ireland. It went a good bit better than expected. In the run-up to the tournament Seville-based papers Estadio Deportivo and El Correo de Andalucia ran decent sized spreads featuring interviews and photos with the team’s Irish and Spanish players. The Irish media were also very generous with time and space, with the Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, RTE.ie, HoganStand.com, the Meath Chronicle and Joe.ie all running nice pieces on the club and tournament.
Unfortunately, Seville were well beaten by Barcelona Gaels in the semi-finals. But the publicity was great for the club, and the level of interest in gaelic football being played in Spain, both here and at home, was a bit of an eye-opener for me.
Anyways, for more info on Eire Og Seville’s continuing exploits check out the club’s blog at http://eireogseville.wordpress.com.
It’s been a hectic enough few weeks, during which the SBPost has run two features written by me on recruitment and jobs trends within the broad financial services sector – one in accountancy, and the other in insurance.
The accountancy story went out February 20th and centred on an interview with Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA) business development manager Suzanne Shaw on the numbers of recently qualified accountants leaving Ireland for opportunities overseas.
‘‘Newly-qualified accountants are heading overseas in search of jobs in more economically stable markets, such as Asia and Australia,” said Shaw. ‘CPAs are well-qualified to operate in any jurisdiction internationally, and may now be found in more than 32 countries around the world. Whether you plan to stay there or come home after a period of time, that experience would stand to you for your career.”
The insurance feature was in yesterday’s paper, and slightly more upbeat. It lead with moves by the Insurance Institute of Ireland (III) to introduce continuous professional development and career advancement programmes for its members to help them secure jobs at home.
‘‘The Insurance Institute of Ireland’s 2011 prospectus clearly sets out details on 15 qualifications, ranging from general and life insurance courses right through to qualifications specialising in private medical insurance,” Denis Kelleher, president of the III told me. ‘‘A clear qualification pathway is set out for each area of insurance, starting at the foundation certificate and ultimately leading to the fellowship programme.”