I took a trip back in time.

James and I just returned from a trip to Dublin. Our friends from school were getting married so we flew to Dublin to celebrate their wedding with family and friends.

The wedding took place against the picturesque backdrop of Glendalough, Co. Wicklow about 45 mins south of Dublin city. Glendalough, or the 'Glen of two Lakes', is one of the most important sites of monastic ruins in Ireland. It’s monastic ruins date back as far as the 10th century!

The wedding ceremony was one to remember and the bride looked beautiful. It was officiated by Sarah’s brother Conal and the night finished up with an acoustic sing-along session in the ruins of a 10th century church, circa 3am. The only light at this point in the night was provided by the stars in the sky.

The day after the wedding Mark’s parents organized a scavenger hunt around the historic Glendalough site. James and I were on a team together and eventually a search party was sent out to find us - we still had not arrived back two hours past the time limit 😂

This was our second trip to Ireland for a wedding in the last two months so we were forced to make it a flying visit. Five days just isn’t enough time to travel, see everyone and conquer the jet lag but we made the most of it! Congratulations to the beautiful couple, Sarah and Mark. 

The first four photos below are from Sarah and Mark's official wedding album and the rest were taken on my iPhone.

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There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
— Leonard Cohen.
 - This photograph reminded me of a beautiful Leonard Cohen quote from the track Anthem.

- This photograph reminded me of a beautiful Leonard Cohen quote from the track Anthem.

Check out this amazing drone footage shot by Ciaran Cassidy, which gives a great overview of the Glendalough valley. The beauty of Ireland never ceases to amaze me!

Engineering Innovation on Pinterest.

I love Pinterest!

In case you are not familiar, Pinterest is a colorful, intuitive bookmarking and idea sharing tool.

I have created an Engineering Pinterest board to showcase articles, imagery and video of innovation I find in the healthcare and wider tech world. Click the link above to check out the board and feel free to subscribe to it to receive updates.

My First Blog Post!

Welcome to my very first blog post!

As I began to think about the journey I would embark upon after school, I soon realized that there was a product or platform for every part of your life - both personal & professional. There's LinkedIn for your professional profile and networking, Tumblr for your blog needs, Facebook and Twitter for personal stories and F1000 for publishing scientific research.

Yet none of these solutions gave me the flexibility to showcase my personality to the extent I wished or communicate to a variety of audiences in a way that would feel authentic and yet be seamless.

Here are some of the elements I needed to find a home for on the web:
- My profile -  a hybrid of my professional and personal profile. Let's call it my 'ProPer Profile'. 
- My Resume.
- Publications - papers and articles I have written or been cited in.
- News - again both personal and professional. 'ProPer' if you will.
- A simple way for people to contact me.

In my search, I came across the Squarespace platform for website creation. It seemed to tick all the boxes for my needs, either with its native functionality or through external application integration. It would provide me with one central location for everything I listed above, with little or no need for prior development knowledge.

So I jumped right in and got developing! I hope you like the website and home of the blog so far. It will be a constant labor of love and will hopefully evolve over time, as I do.

My vision for the blog, specifically, is pretty simple. It is a place to keep a public record of things I am working on or participating in. In some sense, it is a living portfolio and a way to allow you, the world, to get to know me better.

I plan to explore two main themes, work and travel. Those are the two things I do the most of, so inspiration should be plentiful! Expect travel reports from countries and cities I visit and updates on research and development happening the laboratory. I'm hoping, but nervous to commit to sharing content every week.

Coming up soon is a post about how my poster presentation went for Burroughs Wellcome Fund at UCSD.

 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Presentation.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Presentation.