Pastimes, hobbies & interests
I do like photography, and probably enjoy more taking photos that sorting them out. I am hoping to do a couple of short courses ( weekends) to develop my skills there.
I really enjoy engaging in the arts in various ways, participating in a project, like the Macnas parade in Galway, going to gigs if there is something interesting to go to.
I'd like to say that I practice meditation! I often try and let it go again...
I am interested in spirituality in an open way...
love looking at photography books
How do you like to spend your free time
I love the outdoors. I have done a lot of hill walking with the Maumturk walking club in the last while. I really love it. It keeps me reasonably fit. and besides, it is so beautiful out there.
I play gamelan with a few friends from time to time. a Gamelan is an ensemble of Indonesian percussion instruments which can accommodate up to 20 players. I find it relaxing and fun.
I like cooking and get much pleasure out of welcoming friends for a meal or just of cooking for my sons
Your top personality traits/special talents
I am an open guy. I am very creative in my work, I give things a chance, I am never short of ideas (and can put them in practice)
I am conscientious about all I engage with usually (be in parental responsibility, finances, work health... That does not mean that I do not take chances, but I tend to calculate them!
Socially I am at ease with people ,but can occasionally be a bit shy Many years ago when I did the Myer-Briggs personality profile I had the same score for extraversion and introversion. I love company really. But enjoy my own space too.
I am a pleasant guy easy to get on with and with simple needs
Your not so top personality traits
I am not alway good at challenging or at trashing things out and tend to avoid arguments. but I am aware of it and work at it. I can get a bit anxious when things are not under control (e.g.. finances). And although I am an outgoing person I can be a bit shy sometimes.
Your attributes/core values/what are you passionate about?
People tell me that I am good company, that I am a good friend, that I am genuine and faithful in my friendships, a guy who thinks of others and who is honest. I think they are right. I am a respectful, caring, loving and affectionate person , very at ease with hugs etc... I am a positive person . I am flexible, creative, youthful. I am a trusting person. I don't have complicated needs. I am a clean person. Spirituality is important to me, making sense of my journey is important to me . My values are predominately christian values; these are found in many other religious or humanist traditions and schools. they enrich and guide your life.
Are there any new activities you would like to try?
I would love to develop my photography skills.
Your goals in life?
Well. I would really love to be in a new successful relationship and build a new life with the someone special I might meet. Besides,work wise I would like to finish securing the arts project I have developed before I retire. beyond that? Hope I can keep contributing somehow to society and can travel a bit with my loved one should this be possible at all.
Your pet hates
Pets!!! Its funny as this is the only one I can see!!!
People you admire
Jean Vanier, Thich Nhat Hanh, Fr Peter Mc Very, Micheal D Higgin, Nelson Mandella,
How would you like to spend an evening in company?
with that someone special it could be a nice meal out and a bit of fresh air before coming home to finish the night in each others arms... With more company, a meal I might have cooked at home to share with friends or loved ones.
Favourite place to go with that someone special
A beautiful place by the sea on a sunny day with not too many people around, Glassilawn in Connemara or Terenez in Brittany.
I have no mega dreams of seing such or such country or of doing such or such thing, at the risk of being cheesy, just I suppose the desire to grow as a human being, to love and be loved.
How would you like to spend a vacation?
With someone I love, the rest can be worked out, but I'd love some walking, visiting of interesting places, museums, a nice meal, a bit of beach: I love the sun by the sea or river, but not to cremate! I am not a great hotel fan, a gite rental would be nice. a trip to the market to taste the local produces... simple pleasures! Sometimes I dream of camping cars vacations but don't own one!!!
Is religion important to you?
Your greatest achievement
After my separation I have worked hard to build myself up again. I am grateful for today, I love my two lads, and last but not least: The arts project I have created at work has changed many things for the people I reach.
Your biggest disapointment
My separation. But I have worked at integrating it and have learnt a lot from it.
Above all an open, genuine, caring and loving person interested in sharing the journey with me and building a good life. besides, I need to be able to stay in Galway for my work and my youngest son's need for a base till he finishes his studies.