Mapping Dublins tech ecosystem, one human at a time.
I was working with an agency in London, until Facebook came calling. The opportunity was too good to turn down. While I was away, I saw people in the face of recession still finding ways to collaborate, and be creative, and innovative I wanted to come back home and live among that.
I think that all of these technology companies being based here adds a lot to the fabric of Dublin. This building alone is such a melting pot of nationalities and cultures. Then you walk down Wexford Street, and go into Whelans, or Bunsen, and youre surrounded by different accents, different voices that adds so much to life here at this moment in time. This is the next phase in the city.
You can join a multinational and live in a bubble, but if you get out of that bubble and enjoy all the benefits of living in a great city like Dublin, you can have the best of both worlds. I think I do. A couple of years ago I set up a blog, its called Girl Eats Dublin it was a little personal project for me, purely because I love writing, and eating out is a big passion of mine. I saw places springing up all about town, so just started to write restaurant reviews and its gained a decent following. It’s my own personal thing, I love the discipline that having to write something brings, I love the eating very important and I love that it makes me try new places. When anybody asks me Whats a good place to go I feel like I have a duty now, to keep my finger on the pulse. I also use Facebook and Instagram to promote the blog, so it keeps me connected to what it feels like to use them as an advertiser, or a brand that helps me to understand my clients a little bit better.
Where do you need to go and eat? Delahunt, on Camden Street, my top recommendation in Dublin at the moment. I think it would suit any imaginable eating occasion that you had in mind. Amazing.
Catherine Flynn, Manager, Client Solutions Management at Facebook.