Tag Archives: The Irish Abroad

Gareth Woods and his inflatable protective-vest cooling device for Police, Military and Security personnel.

Gareth Woods.

The vest a man can get.

Kevin Whitty writes:

This is my cousin Gareth Woods, from Carlingford, County Louth who is a cop in Chicago’s West Side…

He’s also Musician (see below) and now an Inventor with the Bluhalo (above) which is seeking funding on indiegogo. . Solving a problem in my opinion, with all the layers the Guards have to wear, who wouldn’t want to be a bit cooler on the job?

iBluehalo I(ndiegogo.


Gareth Woods – I’m A Policeman

For coppers.

Gareth Woods

Hong Kong.

We’re renovating that city.

Donncha O’Brien writes:

I am working as an architect in PMDL, an Australian architecture firm in Hong Kong. Recently we completed a project in the city.

It is a handsome renovation of an old tenement building on a prominent corner in downtown Hong Kong.

What may be of interest is that the project had  three Irish designers/architects working on it – Simon Fallon, myself and Darren Snow.

We recently collaborated with the fantastic YouTube channel Never Too Small and they produced a great short video (above) of the project starring Darren.

The project has been getting great feedback locally, and now, because of the video, is being appreciated by a wider audience. It’s currently on 407,000 views after 2.5 days of being published. We wanted to share a story of some Irish emigres done good!

In fairness.

PMDL Architects

He kept his yokes down under,

For personal use.

Via The Sydney Morning Herald:

An Irish tourist found with 10 MDMA capsules at a Parramatta music festival on Sunday has escaped conviction after he argued the party drug is “not strong enough” in Australia and all of the pills were for his personal use.

David Crean, 32, was arrested at the Ultra Music festival and charged with supplying a prohibited drug after a sniffer dog sat down next to him when he entered Parramatta Park at about 1.45pm.

According to police facts, Mr Crean – who is in Australia on a two-week holiday – was “nervous” and “visibly shaking” when he was spoken to by police, and when an officer asked “be honest, do you have any drugs on you?”, he admitted he had drugs in his underwear.

Mr Crean told police he “did not intend on selling the capsules and planned on consuming all of them himself as the purity of MDMA in Australia is not strong enough”, the facts state.

In fairness.

‘Incredibly foolish’: men sentenced after being found with MDMA at Sydney music festival (SMH)

Thanks Darren C

The entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Poland

The 38-year-old Irish national, whose name is not reported, is said to have scratched his name onto the wall during a visit to the site on Sunday because he had seen other people’s names on it and thought it was the right thing to do.

The man was spotted by the Auschwitz Museum Guards who detained him but he was later released after pleading guilty, according to reports.

Irish tourist who scratched his name onto a wall at Auschwitz pleads guilty to criminal damage, saying he saw other names and ‘thought it was the thing to do’ (Mailonline)

Pic: Wikipedia


The memorial left for victims of the Library Gardens apartment balcony collapse

We’re Irish. We stick together, when we encounter each other far from home. Back in Ireland, we might have all sorts of issues with each other, as any family does, from time to time. Abroad, it’s different. Abroad, we’re a family. The affinities are clearer. They’re low-key important.

Joseph O’Connor, Lament For Berkeley, Sunday Independent


Francis J writes:

I really hope it has changed but In my experience no one treats the Irish worse abroad than the Irish….

Pic: Jeff Chiu


Patrick Lyttle (above with friend) has been discharged from an Australian hospital, a month after he was left critically ill when allegedly punched by his brother.

The Antrim-man, 31, fell and hit his head in Sydney on 3 January.

He was on life support at St Vincent’s Hospital for almost a week before regaining consciousness.

His 33-year-old brother Barry is charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm. He has been released on bail.

First snap of Patrick Lyttle out of hospital (The irish Echo)

Thanks Mark Geary


Last Night In New York.

A party at the Irish Consulate for young Irish living and working in New York City hosted by the Consul Barbara Jones and attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Top: Enda chats with Susan O’Brien of Smigin plus (Left to right): Oran Bambrick (Fantam); Brian Purcell (Global Shares); Breiffni O’Domhnaill (Propylon) and Joe Shinkwin (Enterprise Ireland).

They then trashed the place.

(James Higgins/Photocall Ireland)