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Eileen O'Duffy
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Flying the flag for Ireland on G+
Flying the flag for Ireland on G+

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Going, Going, but not quite gone
I’m sad but not surprised Google Plus is shutting down, many of the people I follow have already left. I’m just going to take some time to reminisce and remember the good times:
The beta testing (June 2011) A group of us were invited to try out the new G+ platform and we had a blast trying to figure out how circles worked and how to share limited posts and messages! It was an example of collaboration at its very best and the Google staff headed up by Vic Gundotra were all on board taking in the feedback and making changes.
The mad discussions and debates We spent the early years having mad discussions and debates about anything and everything and often spent hours/days on end chatting away. The unique long-form format of G+ enabled these in depth discussions, we weren’t limited by a character count.
Learning Google has been my global school. I learned everything I wanted to know about Ed Tech, Digital Marketing, Psychology, Sociology, Art, Culture, Music, Current Affairs and Politics. Unlike other platforms, people were there to join in the discussion, to comment, engage and help, it wasn’t about broadcasting.
Ireland page I set up the +Ireland page in 2011 when Ireland was in a dark period of recession. I wanted to help promote Irish tourism, Irish art and culture and Irish business. The photographers were key and we had two years of photowalks meeting up from Mizen Head to Malin Head along the Irish coast https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EileenODuffy/posts/hPo7ajN97Ux
Irish community We have had a vibrant Irish community here on G+ with lots of laughs and late night sessions for several years. In the heydays, we had 14 Irish moderators working on Irish Heritage, Irish Food, Irish Marine and Maritime, Irish Sports, Irish Music, Irish language. In recent years +Denis Hickey and +Pat Higgins have continued to hold the fort.
Real Life Visitors –In addition to meeting up with scores of people from Ireland, I met up with many visitors from the UK, Germany, Slovenia, Portugal and the US and have made some special friends for life.

No other social platform would have enabled these fantastic interactions, meetings and friendships. Thank you Google.

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Ensure future public access –the State should buy part of the lands at Luggala Estate
New ‘private property, trespassers will be prosecuted’ signs have recently been erected at parts of Luggala. This development, and the death in March 2018 of Garech de Brún, the guardian of Luggala, signal a possible change to the long tradition of public access maintained by Garech, and previously by his mother, to this stunning mountain landscape.

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Up to 1,000 jobs created as leading companies in Marine, Technology and Media related industries relocate to Dún Laoghaire. All good news for Ireland in general and Dún Laoghaire in particular. #DunLaoghaire #HarbourCampus #IrishJobs
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Dún Laoghaire looking absolutely stunning and at last Harbour Innovation Campus, a proposal to link the harbour and the town.
#DunLaoghaire #IrishBusiness #HarbourCampus
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Dún Laoghaire looking absolutely stunning and great news for my local town. At last a proposal to link the harbour and the town and bring business to Dún Laoghaire. #HarbourCampus #DunLaoghaire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlaDTIG5XVg

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Just back from a trip to Connemara and more like the Maldives than the Wild Atlantic Way! Ireland is just beautiful whatever the weather.
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I'm a tourist today 😀
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Happy St Patrick’s Day and not Patty!
Sorry if I seem to be a bit absent and a bit lax. The latest Google interface is a total mess, I can’t even see the community sections unless I shrink my screen to 25%, (the new UI is designed for mobile only) nor can I see posts that need to be moderated and checked. We have never had an issue with spam in this community over several years, but in the last few weeks there are literally hundreds of spam posts. (Why? What’s going on Google?) Again the new UI is appalling, I have to check each post individually, if I ban somebody I still have to trawl through all of their posts and delete them individually.
Let’s try and be patient and see if things sort out. And Happy St Patrick’s Day everybody and no Patty please :-D
c/c +Denis Hickey +Andrew Byrne +Pat Higgins
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Anybody else fed up with LinkedIn changes? #LinkedIn
That’s a screengrab from the LinkedIn Pulse News feed. There’s nothing else happening, just a confused looking woman staring at her phone. I really liked the Pulse news feed and used it regularly. Since Microsoft have taken over LI they have messed up the interface, Microsoft just don’t get social and I guess I am that confused woman now…
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“This development could be taken from the Costa del Sol. It’s not Irish seaside architecture… We are looking at not a site; we are looking at a piece of history,” #SaveBulloch
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