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Welcome to our Tubbercurry News and Events section, bringing you weekly updates on business, social and festivals taking place in Tubbercurry. You can submit information to the Tubbercurry weekly notes by contacting Roger McCarrick. Notes Correspondant: Roger McCarrick I Email Roger I Contact: 0719185050

Weekly News July 15th

South Sligo Summer School – The 33rd South Sligo Summer School is now in full swing with Classes running daily and nightly music sessions in town in the pubs.. A good week of lively entertainment guaranteed so if you have friends at home bring them in for an evening of entertainments.  Full details on the website www.sssschool.org

Sensory Biodiversity Walk A very interesting Sensory,Biodiversity walk for visitors and locals alike, takes place this week under the leadership of local nature expert Martina Killian.  Enjoy the views of the Ox Mountains and Clooneen and Tullycusheen Bogs, listen to the sounds of nature, smell the flowers, taste the herbs and feel the moss under your feet.  Discover the diverse vegetation of marshy land 3 miles outside Tubbercurrry.  Takes place this Thursday 18th July at 5pm, meet at the Tubbercurry town square under the clock.  Herbal tea and homemade cake after the walk.  Admission free.

New Shop  A new shop premises has opened on Teeling Street, Tubbercurry called Digi-Telly.  This is a supplier of services to the Television and associated equipment, including satellite dishes, cables etc.  Owned and run by Max Jaago, Max has been providing this service for the last 10 years since he moved to Ireland.  Due to providing and excellent service, business has expanded, thus the need for a dedicated shop premises which is located beside the Computer Shop.  Max can be contacted at the shop if you are seeking TV upgrades or improvements.   

Social Dancing continues in the Ox Mountain Heritage Centre on Saturday July 27th at 10 O’Clock. Music by Medicine Bow, back by popular demand. Admission is €10, great nights dancing is assured,  

Oliver Brennan, Moylough  The recent death occurred of Oliver Brennan, late of Chimney Park, Moylough, Tubbercurrry.  Aged just 80, Oliver was a young at heart 80 year old who was always active and had an interest in his farm until his death. Just days before his death he spoke of getting his hay cut at the beginning of July.  Oliver was a native of Moylough who farmed the family holding since the death of his parents.  He was a dairy farmer most of his life but changed his system to suckling & dry stock in recent years.  He always had an interest in local happenings and events and had a genuine interest in the progress of neighbours and their children through their school and work activities.  He could discuss and debate politics, sport and farming affairs with anybody and liked to come to Tubbercurry a few evenings a week for a social drink and to meet the many people who knew him.  In recent years he had health challenges which he just considered a nuisance, interrupting his work schedule.  He never complained or felt sorry for himself.   His remains reposed at St. Theresa’s Funeral Home, Curry, where many hundreds called to pay their respects.  Funeral mass was held in St. Patrick’s church Moylough and burial took place in Rhue Cemetary.  Oliver was pre-deceased by his brother Sean and sisters Anne, Millie & Patricia and is survived by his sister Carmel Groarke (Bellaghy, Charlestown), sister in law Maura, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces & nephews, cousins and many friends, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest gently in Peace.

Sam Bainbridge, Clooneen, Tubbercurry.  The recent death occurred of Sam (Steven) Bainbridge late of Clooneen, Tubbercurry.  In his mid 70’s, Sam was a native of Cumbria in England but moved to Tubbercurry about 20 years ago.  A stone mason by trade, Sam worked throughout the West of Ireland since moving here and created many beautiful stone features in and around houses through his expert trade.  As well as working, Sam liked to play golf, and his social life resolved around the Golf Club and Society outings.  His remains reposed at the Morahan Funeral Home Tubbercurry where a large number of friends and acquaintances called to pay their respects to a man who became a friend to many.  Sam is survived by his wife Margaret, daughter Claire & 2 grandchildren, as well as sister, brothers, in laws & extended family, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May he rest in Peace.

Brendan Walsh, Curry.  The recent unexpected death occurred after a brief illness of Brendan Walsh of Curry Village.  In his mid 70’s Brendan was a well known and multi talented musician who played the length & breath of Ireland with various Ceili and Social dancing bands over the last 50 years.  Bands he played with included The Malachy Doyle Ceili Band, The Fab Five Showband, The Fiesta Showband, Western Dixie Flyers Showband, Tenessee Sound, Rodeo, San Bernadino, Alberta Bound as well as his first love the St. Marys Ceili Band from Curry.  Brendan had an array of instruments to play including the button accordion, keyboards, tin whistle, concert flute, mouth organ, guitar, fiddle and drums.  As well as playing music, he was also a building contractor and a farmer and loved all his occupations equally.    A soft spoken and gentle human being, Brendan couldn’t offend anybody even if he tried, and anybody that knew him were touched by his gentleness.  His remains reposed at his home in Curry where many thousand called to pay their last respects to a true gentleman.  Funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Curry and burial took place in Bunnacranagh Cemetery.  Brendan is survived by his wife Margaret, children Brendan, Eithne, Phillip, Enda and Declan, brother Padraic (London) sister Theresa in Sligo, in laws, grandchildren, nephews, nieces & relations, all to whom sympathy is extended.  May his gentle soul rest in musical Peace.

Bridie Kirrance, Carrentubber.   The recent peaceful death occurred of Bridie Kirrance ( nee Scanlon) late of Carrentubber, Tubbercurry – Aged 83, Bridie was a native of Carrentubber and was one of 5 Scanlon sisters in the family.  In her young working life she worked in Basta and actually started working there on the day it opened in 1955 as a young 20 year old.   She met her husband Michael James through work in Basta where he also worked and they married in 1964.  Bridie had a great love of farming and after she and Michael James took over the family farm in Carrentubber she always took an interest in its workings.  Michael James passed away 18 months before Bridie.  Bridie’s remains reposed at her home in Carrentubber and funeral Mass was held at the Church of St. John Evangelist, Tubbercurry prior to burial in Rhue Cemetery.   She is survived by her son David (Carrentubber) daughters Mary Henry (Oughambaun), Nora (Dublin), Michaela (Dublin) & Assumpta (Kinnegad), Sons & Daughter in laws, grand-children, sisters Mary, Winnie, Ann, Kathleen, inlaws, nephews, nieces, cousins & friends all to whom sympathy is extended.  May she rest in peace.

Moy River House Concert  A house concert featuring three singer song writers will take place at Moy River Folk Club in Cloonacool on Saturday 20th July next. Gary Ferguson, Johnny Tanner and Roy Thompson, visit the south Sligo venue as part of their current Irish tour. Booking on 087 2512030.

Tubbercurry Bridge Club  Tubbercurry Bridge Club is in the process of introducing a computerised scoring system that will eradicate the need for pen and paper.  The new software will produce final results within seconds of the evenings play being completed.  The club would like to extend thanks to The Leader Rural Development Programme, Sligo Local Community Development Committee, Sligo County Council & Co., and Sligo Leader Partnership CLG – in particular Shona Heffernan.  Without their valued support and financial aid, the purchase of this system would not have been possible. The Bridge Club meet every Thursday evening at The May Queen, Tubbercurry. Prospective new members and guests are always welcome.  Contact Colm on 087-2313631 or Mike on 071 9181830 for further details and information on beginners classes.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group   Tubbercurry Active Retirement Association has ceased activities for the summer months except for our Book club that will continue to meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 3.30 pm in the Library.  The book chosen for this month is Bernard McLaverty’s ‘Midwinter Break’.  The month of June was a very enjoyable one for us as we had a great week’s holiday in Northern Ireland, based in Derry and to continue celebrations for our 25th Anniversary year, travelled to Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal for one of their famous Dinner and Cabaret Nights.  Celebrations will continue in the Autumn when we will be launching our Book 4 of The Way That It Was’ series, this time dealing with what life was like in this area in our grandparent’s time from the mid 1900s to the early years of the 20th century – a mixture of history stories, poems and interesting articles.  [A One-day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg is being organised for Tuesday, September 10th]

MOYLOUGH 1997  A DVD rolling back the year 1997 in Moylough is now on sale for €15 in Surlis’s Supervalu, K & B Hardware and from Tom Walsh at 0872276628.  Proceeds are in aid of Aine Durkin’s volunteer work in Kisuzi Hospital in Uganda.  Past pupils of Moylough school who left  in June 1997 and those who started school  in September 1997 are featured along with excerpts from the Christmas Concert and Santa visiting the school.

Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre

Mother Baby Group

The mother baby group meets in the FRC every Wednesday from 10.30am. The group is informal and mums come for a chat and a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits.

Tubbercurry Card Game

Single Hand 25 card game takes place in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry every Sunday night at 8.30pm.  All are welcome.

Banada Abbey Bingo

Massive €1,800 guaranteed payout every Tuesday night at Banada Abbey Bingo starting at 8.30pm sharp.  Jackpot,  €1,100 + on 45 calls or less.   All lines €20 and €260 payout on Flier sheet. 50:50 draw and lots of Lucky Number Games.

Tubbercurry Dance Class on Sligo Rd. Why not join our class Wednesday nights from 8pm. Class for beginners- improvers, learn new steps or practice your dancing, and a brilliant way to exercise. Slow Waltz, Waltz Foxtrot, Quickstep and more.  For more information contact  087-6674561.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

The Coleman Music Centre

The Coleman Music Centre will stage a performance of The Michael Coleman Story Wednesday July 17th at 8.30 pm. This is a beautiful musical dramatisation telling the life story of Michael Coleman. This musical dramatisation brings to life his background and the characters in the local community who inspired and developed his gift for music and follows his journey to the revolutionary recording studios of 1920’s and 30s New York. If you have people visiting the area come along for a great nights entertainments. Refreshments will be served at the interval and u 18’s go half price. The doors open at 8 pm so come early and pick your seat.

Weekly News July 7th

“Stand-By, Rolling,  Camera, Action”   These were the instructions being heard on the streets of Tubbercurry last week as scenes from the BBC adaption of Sally Rooney’s award winning novel “Normal People” was being filmed in various locations around the town.  Nathy Brenna’s Bar on Teeling Street was used for pub scenes, and while the general area baked in glorious sunshine, there was a prolonged shower in front of Burkes Garage which fortunately could be switched on and off as required for another scene.  A nightclub set was constructed aside St. Brigid’s Hall and filming took place late into the night on Wednesday for this particular scene.  Members of the Phoenix Players back stage crew, Peter Molloy, Mickey Curran and Joe Corscadden were on hand to help dismantle the set after filming was completed.  St. Brigid’s Hall provided catering and costume changes for the numerous extras being used.  Some of the local actors used as extras included, Peadar and Mairead Conway, Belinda Luma, Kelly Doyle and Tom Walsh. Tubbercurry was selected as one of the prime locations for the 12 part TV Series as part of the story is based in a small West of Ireland rural town.  The Director is Lenny Abramson who also directed “Garage” and the Oscar winning “Room”.  Although cast and crew have now moved on to other locations, they will be returning to film more scenes in Tubbercurry in September, so hopefully we will se more “Camera, Lights and “Action”

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group  has ceased activities for the summer months except for our Book club that will continue to meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 3.30 pm in the Library.  The book chosen for this month is Bernard McLaverty’s ‘Midwinter Break’.  The month of June was a very enjoyable one for us as we had a great week’s holiday in Northern Ireland, based in Derry and to continue celebrations for our 25th Anniversary year, travelled to Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal for one of their famous Dinner and Cabaret Nights.  Celebrations will continue in the Autumn when we will be launching our Book 4 of The Way That It Was’ series, this time dealing with what life was like in this area in our grandparent’s time from the mid 1900s to the early years of the 20th century – a mixture of history stories, poems and interesting articles.  [A One-day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg is being organised for Tuesday, September 10th]

33rd South Sligo Summer School  of Traditional Music, Song and Dance will take place this year from Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th July.  Enquiries and bookings are coming in from near and far and are well up on last year at this stage.  A number of intending visitors and summer school participants have been in touch with the committee members to say that they are finding it difficult to find accommodation and so we appeal to people in Tubbercurry and the surrounding area to consider making rooms available for summer school participants.  Single rooms are especially in demand as well as double and family rooms/houses.  An accommodation list is made available to summer school participants and visitors to Tubbercurry for the week on our website www.sssschool.org, and if you wish to add your available accommodation to this list please get in touch with Nuala at the Tourist Office on Humbert Street as soon as possible.  Alternatively, ring 087-0936616, 071-9120912 or 087-9556468 and we will put you in touch with individuals/couples/families seeking accommodation.

Tubbercurry Bridge Club  – Tubbercurry Bridge Club is in the process of introducing a computerised scoring system that will eradicate the need for pen and paper.  The new software will produce final results within seconds of the evenings play being completed.  The club would like to extend thanks to The Leader Rural Development Programme, Sligo Local Community Development Committee, Sligo County Council & Co., and Sligo Leader Partnership CLG – in particular Shona Heffernan.  Without their valued support and financial aid, the purchase of this system would not have been possible. The Bridge Club meet every Thursday evening at The May Queen, Tubbercurry. Prospective new members and guests are always welcome.  Contact Colm on 087-2313631 or Mike on 071 9181830 for further details and information on beginners classes.

Tubber Masters Society Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club – Monday the 12th August 2019 One of the Oldest Golf Societies operating in Connacht continues its Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club on Monday the 12th August 2019.  The Tubbercurry Golf Outing to Enniscrone has been in existence for well over 40 years and traditionally has always played on the second Monday in August at Enniscrone Golf Club.  For 35 years of its long existence the Outing was sponsored by The Gillespie Family of Tubbercurry and many great days were had by The Society with many a story to be told.  The Gillespie Cup was formally retired in August 2017 but The Society Outing continues under its new brand name of The Tubber Masters Society.  Last year’s event was as popular as ever with a large turnout of Golfers attending The Annual Outing in Ennisrone.  While the Society is intrinsically linked to Tubbercurry Golf Club and all Members of The Society the Outing is open to anyone who has a connection with Tubbercurry or its environs.  The day is a huge social occasion where people from the locality can renew old acquaintances and make new friends.  You should pencil this date in your diary and the time sheet will be operated once again by John Gillespie who has done trogon work over the years for the Society.  John’s contact numbers are 071 91 85051 and 087 2885980 and you can contact him to get your place on the time sheet.  Looking forward to seeing all our old friends and hopefully new friends on the second Monday in August in Enniscrone.

MOYLOUGH 1997  A DVD rolling back the year 1997 in Moylough is now on sale for €15 in Surlis’s Supervalu, K & B Hardware and from Tom Walsh at 0872276628.  Proceeds are in aid of Aine Durkin’s volunteer work in Kisuzi Hospital in Uganda.  Past pupils of Moylough school who left  in June 1997 and those who started school  in September 1997 are featured along with excerpts from the Christmas Concert and Santa visiting the school

Labhair Gaeilge Linn  A local group plan to meet every Wednesday at 11am for Irish Conversation over “Cupán Tae” in Killoran’s, Tubbercurry.  No great proficiency in Irish required.  Just a fun morning for anyone interested in keeping our Heritage alive

Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre

Mother Baby Group  The mother baby group meets in the FRC every Wednesday from 10.30am. The group is informal and mums come for a chat and a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits

Tubbercurry Card Game  Single Hand 25 card game takes place in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry every Sunday night at 8.30pm.  All are welcome.

Banada Abbey Bingo  Massive €1,800 guaranteed payout every Tuesday night at Banada Abbey Bingo starting at 8.30pm sharp.  Jackpot,  €1,100 + on 45 calls or less.   All lines €20 and €260 payout on Flier sheet. 50:50 draw and lots of Lucky Number Games.

Tubbercurry Dance Class on Sligo Rd. Why not join our class Wednesday nights from 8pm. Class for beginners- improvers, learn new steps or practice your dancing, and a brilliant way to exercise. Slow Waltz, Waltz Foxtrot, Quickstep and more.  For more information contact.  087-6674561.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

 

 

TUBBERCURRY NOTES

33rd South Sligo Summer School  The 33rd South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song and Dance will take place this year from Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th July.  Enquiries and bookings are coming in from near and far and are well up on last year at this stage.  A number of intending visitors and summer school participants have been in touch with the committee members to say that they are finding it difficult to find accommodation and so we appeal to people in Tubbercurry and the surrounding area to consider making rooms available for summer school participants.  Single rooms are especially in demand as well as double and family rooms/houses.  An accommodation list is made available to summer school participants and visitors to Tubbercurry for the week on our website www.sssschool.org, and if you wish to add your available accommodation to this list please get in touch with Nuala at the Tourist Office on Humbert Street as soon as possible.  Alternatively, ring 087-0936616, 071-9120912 or 087-9556468 and we will put you in touch with individuals/couples/families seeking accommodation.

Old Fair Day Festival – The launch of the Old Fair Day Festival takes place this Thursday July 4th @ 8.30pm in Foleys Bar Tubbercurry.  A full programme of events will be announced at the event and everybody is invited to attend.

Comhaltas News The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennan’s on Friday 5th  July,  Junior session stars at 8.30pm and senior session begins at 9.30pm. Congratulations to all our musicians who took part in the county Fleadh and the very best of luck to those going forward to provincial level.   All musicians are very welcome at our Comhaltas session  and bring along your friends.

Tubber Masters Society Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club – Monday the 12th August 2019   One of the Oldest Golf Societies operating in Connacht continues its Annual Golf Outing to Enniscrone Golf Club on Monday the 12thAugust 2019. The Tubbercurry Golf Outing to Enniscrone has been in existence for well over 40 years and traditionally has always played on the second Monday in August at Enniscrone Golf Club.  For 35 years of its long existence the Outing was sponsored by The Gillespie Family of Tubbercurry and many great days were had by The Society with many a story to be told.  The Gillespie Cup was formally retired in August 2017 but The Society Outing continues under its new brand name of The Tubber Masters Society.  Last year’s event was as popular as ever with a large turnout of Golfers attending The Annual Outing in Ennisrone.  While the Society is intrinsically linked to Tubbercurry Golf Club and all Members of The Society the Outing is open to anyone who has a connection with Tubbercurry or its environs.  The day is a huge social occasion where people from the locality can renew old acquaintances and make new friends.  You should pencil this date in your diary and the time sheet will be operated once again by John Gillespie who has done trogon work over the years for the Society.  John’s contact numbers are 071 91 85051 and 087 2885980 and you can contact him to get your place on the time sheet.  Looking forward to seeing all our old friends and hopefully new friends on the second Monday in August in Enniscrone.

Tubbercurry Active Retirement Group  The usual Tuesday meetings and exercise activities continue for June and our Book Club choice of reading for this month is ‘Tangleweed And Brine’ by Deirdre Sullivan. Our thanks are due to the local branch of the County Library for providing these books for us each month.

 MOYLOUGH 1997  A DVD rolling back the year 1997 in Moylough is now on sale for €15 in Surlis’s Supervalu, K & B Hardware and from Tom Walsh at 0872276628.  Proceeds are in aid of Aine Durkin’s volunteer work in Kisuzi Hospital in Uganda.  Past pupils of Moylough school who left  in June 1997 and those who started school  in September 1997 are featured along with excerpts from the Christmas Concert and Santa visiting the school

Labhair Gaeilge Linn  A local group plan to meet every Wednesday at 11am for Irish Conversation over “Cupán Tae” in Killoran’s, Tubbercurry.  No great proficiency in Irish required.  Just a fun morning for anyone interested in keeping our Heritage alive.

Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre

Mother Baby Group  –  The mother baby group meets in the FRC every Wednesday from 10.30am. The group is informal and mums come for a chat and a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits.

 Tubbercurry Card Game – Single Hand 25 card game takes place in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry every Sunday night at 8.30pm.  All are welcome.

 Banada Abbey Bingo – Massive €1,800 guaranteed payout every Tuesday night at Banada Abbey Bingo starting at 8.30pm sharp.  Jackpot,  €1,100 + on 45 calls or less.   All lines €20 and €260 payout on Flier sheet. 50:50 draw and lots of Lucky Number Games.

Tubbercurry Dance Class on Sligo Rd. Why not join our class Wednesday nights from 8pm. Class for beginners- improvers, learn new steps or practice your dancing, and a brilliant way to exercise. Slow Waltz, Waltz Foxtrot, Quickstep and more.  For more information contact.  087-6674561.

Correspondent: Roger McCarrick –   tubbercurrynotes@eircom.net

Sligo calling: Why Dublin isn’t the ‘only show in town’ ( SILICONREPUBLIC)

LiveTiles’ Elaine Murphy on riding the wave of digital transformation and why more people should be looking west for talent.

Elaine Murphy is EMEA general manager at LiveTiles, which specialises in drag-and-drop technology so businesses can create bots, dashboards, portals or corporate intranets, with personalised AI and analytics features.

Now based in Sligo, Murphy has held multiple leadership roles in the tech space in recent years, including site lead at EA Games in Galway. She was included in the 2017 Women’s Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School and is on the board of the American Chamber of Commerce.

‘With some of our main cities overheating and hitting high occupancy rates, we are starting to see people look west’
– ELAINE MURPHY

Describe your role and what you do.

I’m the general manager for LiveTiles in EMEA. I’m responsible for leading our talented teams in the region (development, marketing, sales and IT), nurturing our EMEA customers and driving business development.

I also represent LiveTiles on external boards such as the American Chamber of Commerce, which has garnered a great reputation for advocating on behalf of American companies in Ireland and the Sligo-Leitrim ICT cluster, which promotes working and studying in our region, and aims to enhance collaboration between industry and the local education and training bodies.

How do you prioritise and organise your working life?

I prioritise the team; I focus on enabling team members, removing any barriers hindering them and facilitating growth opportunities for them. I also aim to make myself available and treat listening to understand as a priority.

I always have a ‘to-do’ list that I regularly reprioritise. It’s pointless having a long list of tasks to do for the day if you miss the real priorities by not aligning them with company’s objectives. LiveTiles is in a hyper-growth stage, so demand for my attention is high and trying to be on top of everything just isn’t going to happen. I’m honest with the team about when priorities are shifting that will impact them, as well as where my key focuses lie and the impact it has strategically if I spend a lot of time in the weeds.

What are the biggest challenges facing your sector and how are you tackling them?

A challenge that I have placed quite a bit of focus on is getting the word out about Sligo and the north-west as a place where the right talent can do some of their best work with some amazing companies. I refer to both nationals and non-nationals who have never visited the north-west or maybe see Dublin as the only show in town. With some of our main cities overheating and hitting high occupancy rates, we are starting to see people look west, but there is still much work for all of us to do to ensure the north-west is seen as an attractive option – not just for a fantastic quality of life (no commute!) but also for the opportunity to work in cutting-edge tech without having to pay exorbitant rents.

Much of our market is in the UK and we are beginning to see nervousness around Brexit as an emerging challenge. Many of our prospective public sector clients in the UK, for instance, are holding off on taking any procurement decisions due to the uncertainty created by Brexit. It remains to be seen how this will evolve as a real business risk, but I am spending more time Brexit-watching than I had planned for!

Another major challenge is to attract female talent. ICT and tech as a choice for work or study is worryingly undersubscribed by women. We really need to find ways to achieve greater representation, inclusion and equality in the tech sector but, to be honest, we are all failing at this right now … I’m using public platforms to talk about the issue, opening LiveTiles up to school visits, offering work placements to showcase that tech is all-encompassing and not necessarily all about coding, and that women like me – who didn’t enter via a traditional route with a tech qualification – can be successful and have a rewarding career.

What are the key sector opportunities youre capitalising on?

We are all riding the wave of digital transformation, which is an incredibly exciting time for our industry. Digital transformation is possible because of new technologies such as the internet of things and artificial intelligence, but ultimately it is about people. Our suite of cobots (collaborative chatbots) will work 24/7 on time-consuming tasks, empowering employees to be more creative and collaborative, as well as making more time for human connections.

Work doesn’t need to suck. Work is a pivotal part of all our identities, and at LiveTiles we have a passion to make work wonderful and use tech in a way that enables us to focus on the most productive aspects of our work, and to make better use of our precious time so we can live life to the fullest.

What set you on the road to where you are now?

I attained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business studies from the National University of Ireland Galway and the Institute of Technology Sligo, respectively.

I made plenty of lateral and horizontal moves over the years, despite not necessarily possessing all the answers or having the specific experience. I focused on enabling the teams for success, challenging the status quo and encouraging teams to embrace technology that would reduce mundane tasks. My experience across multiple disciplines in spearheading many culture-related initiatives and my interest in the future of technology led me to this exciting and enjoyable role I am in today with LiveTiles.

What was your biggest mistake and what did you learn from it?

Early on in my career, I didn’t invest the time to understand my value prop and the type of businesses and leaders that I wanted to work with. In the early days, I sought mentorship from my bosses and, while it’s a natural person to turn to, your boss can often not be the best mentor and I found that it sometimes complicated the working relationship. I quickly learned that I was good at cultivating relationships with a wide variety of people across the business, and I developed mentoring criteria and asked different people to mentor me in different areas, and that yielded far better results for me. My advice is to explore your options and look all around the organisational structure. Your mentors don’t have to be senior to you.

How do you get the best out of your team?

I listen to understand, I applaud behaviours and performance, and I promote the fact that feedback is a gift – and I give it and seek it regularly. I set expectations and success criteria on any projects outside the day-to-day tasks, and I ensure that the environment is an open and forward-thinking one and that we talk about challenges along the way. I champion that we should always try new things to remain effective and relevant, so I build a culture that enables creativity and experimentation and where failure is not feared. I view fast failure as a natural consequence of developing for the future with a growth mindset.

‘Work doesn’t need to suck’
– ELAINE MURPHY

I recognise that having noses to the grindstone all day, every day, is unhealthy and can breed negativity, so I ensure we have lots of fun, too. We even have a team member that has responsibilities under a ‘chief fun officer’ role. We regularly enjoy team-building activities and we take the time to get to know each other so that that work at LiveTiles is enjoyable.

STEM sectors receive a lot of criticism for a lack of diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity and other demographics. Have you noticed a diversity problem in your sector? What are your thoughts on this and whats needed to be more inclusive?

The criticism is deserved, and I believe we need to collectively tackle this issue as a matter of urgency. The challenge is well known but the diagnosis and solutions are less straightforward. This needs a multistakeholder approach including students, parents, teachers, universities, education agencies and, of course, industry.

In our own case we have a very disproportionate gender balance, which we are very aware of, but we receive very few qualified female applicants. In some instances, we received zero female applicants, which means in the short term our hands are tied. Here in the north-west we have teamed up with schools, higher-level institutes and local tech companies to spread awareness and to promote tech as a rewarding career for girls and women. We aim to succeed in this, but results will not happen overnight.

Who is your role model and why?

This is a tough one – I really don’t have one individual. I enjoy reading about women who didn’t take a traditional route into the tech world but have risen to be hugely influential and have leveraged their influence in tech to help others. I also enjoy reading about unsung heroes such as Carol Shaw, who is behind some of the best graphics in retro video games. She is considered the first female video game designer and programmer, and was with Atari in the early days.

I enjoy being around problem-solvers and I’m fascinated with how decisions get derailed, how people deal with failure and how women overcome adversity in male-dominated industries. For anyone that hasn’t read or heard about Stephanie (aka Steve) Shirley, her story is inspiring. She took lots of risks in her career and has helped pave the way for others by breaking through the glass ceiling that limits women’s career growth, and she never gave up despite many setbacks and difficulties.

What books have you read that you would recommend?

I’m veering more and more towards articles and podcasts than books recently, and that’s because of time constraints and wanting to get to the end in a timely manner! A book that I refer back to and have reread recently is Originals by Adam Grant. It’s full of interesting studies and stories spanning multiple industries including sports, politics and entertainment. It provides tips from diverse topics around parents and teachers and how they can nurture originality in children, to how leaders can fight groupthink to build cultures that welcome dissent. I find it satisfying to read triumphs around the rejection of conformity and improving the status quo.

What are the essential tools and resources that get you through the working week?

We use a mixed environment of tools here. Some of us are using Surface Books, others are using Macs. LiveTiles is heavily invested in the Office 365 suite, so we are heavy users of Microsoft Cloud services, and we use Teams and Yammer for communication. All of these have great mobile versions, which is crucial.

Our intranet pulls all the internal comms and resources together seamlessly and is a critical platform for collaboration across our organisation. For this, we walk the talk and use our flagship product, which is LiveTiles Designer, with multiple add-on tiles and chatbot integrations. Git is our source control. And Spotify provides the playlist!

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