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CIBSE Ireland Lunch €10,000 charity donation

CIBSE Ireland Chairman Paul Martin presenting John McGuinness of BUMBLEance with the cheque for €10,156.35

The annual CIBSE Ireland Christmas lunch took place in Croke Park on Friday, December 1st. The event is the highlight of the social calendar for the institute and attracts over five hundred industry attendees. Held for the first time in the Hogan suite at Croke Park.

The location offered a new dynamic to this popular event with the Liam MacCarthy and Sam Maguire cups on hand for photo opportunities. The “Welcome Reception” was sponsored by Sisk who have an affiliation with the grounds as it was a project they built.

MC Alan Shortt introduced CIBSE Ireland Chairman Paul Martin who welcomed members and guests to the lunch and thanked them for their support. The on-stage entertainment folllowed the GAA theme with a sandwich-making competition and quiz show which saw the Dubs take on the Culchies. Attendees were asked for their support to the BUMBLEance charity which saw CIBSE donate €2,000 with the audience donations bringing the total to just over €10,000.

The afternoon’s festivities wrapped up with guests allowed into the Players Lounge where music and “the sandwiches” were served.

CIBSE Ireland will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018. The committee has big plans to mark this special occasion. Full details will be announced in January.

Mitsubishi Electric & Féile na nGael

Mitsi Celbridge imageFéile na nGael is the annual GAA tournament encompassing all 32 counties in Ireland and consisting of hurling, camogie and handball. This year it was held in Ulster over the weekend of 19 to 21 June with over 152 clubs and 3,000 players participating.

The young women of Celbridge Camogie represented County Kildare in the U14 camogie tournament and their participation was made easier with the support of Mitsubishi Electric ireland.

“Mitsubishi Electric recognises the role sport plays in the personal, social and cultural development of young people in communities. It helps teach people from a young age important skills such as team work and leadership, and we are proud to support the Celbridge girls in any way we can”, said Ciarán Moody, General Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Ireland.

For their part the girls did themselves, their club, Celbridge and Mitsubishi Electric proud by making it to the final. Unfortunately they were beaten but the tournament was still a very successful and enjoyable journey for all concerned.

GAA best network in United Arab Emirates


Aaron Reilly, Building Services Engineer, Mercury Engineering, Middle East Branch

Fast forward five years – I’m married to an Offaly Rose, we have a beautiful one year old daughter, and I am working for Mercury Engineering (Middle East Branch) on the Four Seasons Hotel, one of the most prestigious hotel developments on the new Bahrain Bay.

Things have definitely changed for the better over the last five years but none of it came easy … the receding hairline and ever-multiplying gray hairs are testimony to the everyday challenges one experiences out in the Middle East as a mechanical engineer.

The working days and week tend to be that little bit longer out here, starting at 7am and finishing around 6pm. Depending on what project you’re on, be prepared for a lengthy commute, an additional 80mins, with alternate five day/six-day weeks. The Middle East is probably one of the only areas in the world were you could work as part of a design team where each member is from a different continent or country. As great as this is, it does pose some very difficult communication barriers that add to the everyday stresses.

As Dubai and the UAE overall is a melting pot for different nationalities with different work ethics, religions and customs, it takes a while to adjust and understand individual roles and the dynamics of the team. Anyone who has been under pressure to meet specific targets or deadlines during the holy month of Ramadan will understand this.

It’s 45ºC, 21% relative humidity, my shirt is stuck to my back as I stroll through the street looking for a place to eat, I’ve no accommodation or job, my money is running out and my closest friends and family are 3,680kms away back home in Ireland. This is how things were during my first few days after landing in Dubai, UAE.

With all the different nationalities and different standards being used, one thing remains at the forefront of every project, sustainability. One of the biggest examples of this would be Masdar City, one of the world’s first zero-carbon cities, which is set to house 50,000 people and is located in the Emirate of

Abu Dhabi. The desert city is designed to be powered entirely by renewable energy, including solar and wind power. However, despite the challenge of long hours, demanding schedules and the high pressure, working in the Middle East brings many opportunities. These include possible involvement in everything from seven-star hotel projects through to record-breaking shipping ports and massive oil and gas projects. When working for a company such as Mercury this also means career progression is never far away … oh, and the fact that we pay zero tax is a small incentive!

Nor is it all work and no play. Dubai boasts some of the longest, cleanest beaches in the world. There is an abundance of five star hotels, restaurants and water parks, not to mention the sun 365 days a year. It really is a diamond in the rough, where my family and I have made our home for the foreseeable future.

We’re most definitely not alone. The number of Irish expats currently living or based here in Dubai, or in the surrounding Emirates, is so vast it’s incredible. More and more Irish businesses are getting involved throughout the Middle East and it is apparent that the gem of Dubai, and the perks of working and living here, is no longer a secret. The thriving Irish community is also present in the ever-expanding Dubai Celts, who uphold all the traditions associated with the GAA.

My one piece of advice for anyone thinking of making the transition from home to the Middle East is make it your business to get in touch with the local GAA club. It was one of the first things I did when I got here, and I’ve never looked back. I’m no longer an active member, but the friends I‘ve made and the support network it provides is invaluable.

The Middle East still presents plenty of opportunities for young engineers, so once you are prepared to work hard, you will not regret your decision to come here.