Blog It Forward – Marian O’Connell
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My name is Marian Elaine O’Connell. I am 26 years of age and I am from County Limerick (Irelands first City of Culture – 2014), Ireland. I originally joined SAP Galway in 2010 as a Graduate. After spending a year working as part of the Business One team in Galway, I then moved to Dublin to join the PLM Product Support team.
Share a fun fact about my country / myself that people do not know
As some people may already know, I’m a big GAA fan. As the youngest of 7, all of whom played hurling & camogie, needless to say I grew up with a hurley in my hand! I have been lucky enough to play camogie at club, county, and inter-provincial levels, thankfully picking up a few medals along the way (2 All-Irelands thrown in there for good measure!)
I think it is pretty impressive that a country the size of Ireland can hold claim to such a huge amateur sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), with more than 1 million members across the world. There are none other like it in the world, and it is always a great day out with friends and family attending matches, be it your local club team, or to support your county team for Championship matches. When the Championship gets to the final stages, all matches are played in Croke Park. This is the GAA’s flagship and it can hold a capacity of 82,300 people – phenomenal for an amateur organisation.
Aside from camogie, which I have recently had to take early retirement from (!), hillwalking is a great way to see our beautiful country. Ireland has recently been included in Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries to visit in 2015 – “the real deal” and “stunningly scenic” as described by Lonely Planet. Having climbed some of Irelands highest peaks – Carrauntoohil, Lugnaquilla, Galtymore, Croagh Patrick, the Sugarloaf, etc, and Lonely Planet are right on point with their description.
I have just returned from a trip to Tanzania and conquering Mount Kilimanjaro (a big step up from Carrauntoohil!). Kilimanjaro is the world highest free-standing mountain, the highest point in Africa, and stands at 5,895 metres. It took my friends and I 6 days in total to complete – 4 days ascending, and 2 days descending. It was one of the toughest things I have ever done, but the views from the summit and all along the track were well worth it. My friends and I also raised money for a charity called Make-A-Wish Ireland as part of our climb. This is a charity which grants the wishes of children aged between 3 and 17 years diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
Sunrise almost at the summit:
Above the clouds:
Us at the very top!:
Questions asked by Eoin:
What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?
Participating at Deansrath Coderdojo every week is great fun. Teaching the children how to program, play chess and other fun activities.
What is your personal life dream?
To write a book, have it made into a film, then to feature in said film! … Not asking for much really 🙂
What is your professional life dream?
To be happy and successful in my job.
Blogging It Forward:
I’d like to blog it forward to the following people:
And I would be happy if you could answer the following questions:
1. If you were back in school again, what would you choose to study?
2. What is you personal life dream?
3. If you could invite 3 people (dead/alive) to dinner, who would it be and why?
I hope you enjoyed my BIF! Feel free to comment or ask me any questions you’d like in the comments below!
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