On re-launching the SoolNua website

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua The SoolNua site has been in soft launch mode for the past couple of weeks but next week we’ll officially launch V2 of the website. The soft launch allowed us to iron out some wrinkles and get some really valuable feedback prior to formally signing our names to its release. Like all… Read more »

The sunny side of the Alps and 6 more things to love about Slovenia

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua One week later and I’m still buzzing from a week in Slovenia. @Supergreybeard and I visited the country for two reasons: firstly, to attend the board meetings of the Foundation of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and secondly, to participate at Conventa, a MICE trade show for South… Read more »

Talking incentive travel with the Mayor of Ljubljana

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua A week in Europe’s Green Capital 2016 @Supergreybeard and I have just reached the end of a deeply satisfying week in Slovenia. Over the past 5 days we attended the SITE Incentive Summit and participated at Conventa, the boutique meetings industry trade show that highlights the benefits of Central… Read more »

Bratislava – accessibility | innovation | execution

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Love at first sight? With Bratislava, you don’t fall in love at first sight. She’s not that kind of city. She’s a pretty city in many ways but she doesn’t use her beauty to beguile you. She’s not coquettish in the slightest and she never flirts with you at all. Bratislava… Read more »

Consultants: Shysters or Saviours?

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua “Those we can, do …” Throughout Delaney Marketing and Ovation Group years it never occurred to @Supergreybeard or me to hire a consultant. I think we saw consultants as confidence tricksters or shysters, failed entrepreneurs, business versions of the teachers in Shaw’s oft quoted dictum “Those who can, do; those… Read more »

Tunes to rock your soul – my 2015 selection

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Spotify continues to impact hugely on how we access music these days.  This year I found it massively difficult to select the albums that might merit a spot on my Top 10 for 2015 as, in most cases, I listened to playlists and individual tracks and therefore missed the overall… Read more »

London in December

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua So the last plane ride of 2015 was atypical. It was a super-short hop, skip and jump leisure / pleasure trip to London with Rita to visit our daughter and son-in-law. But it was another opportunity to experience one of the world’s great cities as a simple visitor, unencumbered… Read more »

24 Hours in Zagreb and The Museum of Broken Relationships

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Rise up again Twenty years ago last month, after almost 5 years of fighting, hostilities with Serbia came to an end and Croatia started to live and breathe as an independent, sovereign nation. Somewhere in the recesses of my mind there are vivid memories of devastating news reports of Dubrovnik… Read more »

Dancing at the Fountain: Book Review

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Back in the K Club again It was great to be back at the K Club. Neither @Supergreybeard nor I could recall precisely the last time we were there but it was definitely during the Ovation years in the early – mid noughties, before the roar of the Celtic Tiger was silenced by… Read more »