Mapping Dublin’s 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 you’re 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, it’s 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 ‘What’s 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.