Modern terraced house with a conservatory opening to South facing paved garden. Laurel Grove is a small residential estate in the sunniest corner of Ireland. Shops, pubs, restaurants, beaches, Rosslare port and Wexford town are within easy reach.
I guess travel and transportation are key things in my life. I retired from my job as an engineer in the Irish Civil Service Department of Transport a few years ago. Road Safety was my primary involvement - concentrating on vehicle safety. I own a car, a motorbike and a mountain bike and have a full licence for truck and bus too. I have taken flying lessons and have sailed around Ireland, in the Caribbean, across the Mediterranean Sea, across the Atlantic Ocean (from Southampton to Saint Lucia), in the Pacific (from Fiji to New Zealand) on a few different sailing cruisers, as crew for 2 of my brothers who are lucky(?) enough to own boats! I haven’t been in outer space and have no desire to go as even a roller coaster ride is too much for me now.
I still am employed (I’m a CO2 emissions verifier – you could look up if this kind of thing interests you!) though my work/life balance is way better now (in favour of life) in my new career as nearly all the work is done between October and April.
While I like to travel, I also enjoy so-called staycationing (in Ireland) as there are still many parts of this country I have never explored. My wife Síle (Irish language version of Sheila) and I have a holiday home in Wexford close to Rosslare harbour ferryport and the Rosslare seaside resort (not to mention the many and various other beautiful unspoilt beaches for which Wexford is rightly famous). We hope to host airbnb visitors in Rosslare in due course.
I like all kinds of music and think Spotify is just brilliant. I am crazy about rugby football and am a supporter of Leinster and Ireland (and I'm happy to say both are enjoying better than moderate success in recent years). I enjoy a good movie but watch mostly on TV. As for TV, box-sets really appeal to me and apart from the nightly news (on Channel 4 - Jon Snow and Cathy Newman are simply legends in my book!), I tend to record programs and skip through the ads when I watch later. I do some DIY around the house and garden and quite enjoy it when it works out ok.
I like spicy food most of all but anything that's served up to me is great: I do some cooking and fillet steak stuffed with crab meat, paté and brandy and wrapped in bacon, done on the BBQ, is my signature dish. (A bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape to wash it down would not be objectionable though, from the other side of the Pyrenees, a good Rioja vino tinto would not be sniffed at either.)
My favourite authors are John LeCarré and Ian McEwan for fiction and rather than impart a life motto, I can say that I read Richard Dawkins and he is one of only 4 people I follow on . On a somewhat obliquely related matter, I can go with 'Clapton is God'. I love the NCH, Vicar St. and the Olympia in Dublin and the Albert Hall in London as venues for music.
I don't want to live forever but I would like to live long enough to witness a successful ending to the SETI. To that end I have started looking after myself a bit better but losing weight seems to be the hardest thing (with apologies to Elton John, Sorry!).