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My 2017

2017 was another busy year for me. Here’s what happened in my life in 2017:

Turned 30
Moved to Dublin from Galway
Ran a 5k in under 27 mins
Visited a new country (Iceland)
Hired a car & drove on the wrong side of the road
Flew in a hot air balloon
Cycled around Aran Islands
Visited Glasgow & Edinburgh (holiday)
Went to London (work)
Climbed Croagh Patrick
Designed & built a hobby site using VueJS, NodeJS, Firebase & Lambda
Made croissants from scratch
Made garlic mushrooms from scratch
Drove a hovercraft
Went clay pigeon shooting

Photos are less time consuming to create & publish than words, so I’ll let them do most of the talking…

Airport
London

Travel

In January it was off to London for work. Whether it’s work, holidays, connecting flights to or from somewhere, I can’t remember the last calendar year where I *haven’t* ended up in London. In May, it was off to Iceland for play. It’s one of those ‘hot’ destinations everyone seems to have gone to over the past few years. And for good reason. It’s somewhere different. A unique landscape with lots to see and experience.

The best way to explore Iceland is by car. That way you’re not constrained by bus times or herded to places you don’t have any great interest in. You can also spend as long as you like at places you happen to like. Population-wise, it’s a small country and therefore traffic outside of the capital is almost exclusively made up of fellow tourists. There’s one main ring road (‘Route 1’) that runs for 1339km along the entire coast with all major landmarks / attractions signposted so it’s difficult to get lost.

Black sand beaches, glaciers, geysirs, spectacular waterfalls, volcanos. And all along the same route. Once you’re there it’s easy to see why it’s become such a popular destination.

Iceland
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland

In September, I ended up hiring a car again, this time in Scotland. We stayed in Edinburgh for a couple of nights and then drove to Loch Lomand in the highlands and on to Glasgow.

Scotland
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Glasgow

Ireland

Weather permitting, Ireland is as good a place as many to go exploring. In January, here’s what Glenveagh National Park in Donegal looked like:

Glendalough, Donegal

In April, I turned 30 and was taken on a hot air balloon ride over Meath, taking off from Trim Castle. 10/10, would do again.

Birthday
Hot Air Balloon
Hot Air Balloon
Hot Air Balloon

In April I also walked the “Cuilcagh Legnagbrocky Trail” for the first time. It’s a fairly new trail near the Marble Arch Caves in Fermanagh.

Fermanagh

In May, when still living in Galway, we got the ferry out to Inis Mór – the largest of the Aran Islands. We hired bikes and rode around the island. It was another 10/10, would do again (weather permitting of course).

Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Ireland
Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Ireland
Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Ireland

In May, Croagh Patrick was also conquered.

Croagh Patrick, Mayo

And this was Howth and Malahide Castle in August:

Howth
Malahide Castle

Danish pasting in November:
Ireland

Food

I can now say I’ve made croissants from scratch along with icecream…

Croissants
Croissants
Croissants
Mint Icecream

And of course there was some afternoon teas and meals out thrown in…

Afternoon Tea
Edinburgh
Full Irish Breakfast

Work

I’m more excited than ever about technology. We really are only limited by our imaginations and the number of hours in the day. I still regard myself as a front end developer but that role has changed dramatically over the past decade or so. HTML, CSS & Javascript still haven’t gone anywhere but they’ve been pushed aside by javascript frameworks which sort of roll all three in to one. Once upon a time that would have been considered bad practice / a recipe for disaster but once you get used to this system you can’t help but love it and be more productive.

From electric transport to AI to blockchain technology, there’s also no shortage of explosive growth areas within technology and you can’t help but feel we’re going through a technological revolution on a scale we haven’t seen before. That’s the feeling I get at the minute. The feeling that we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface in all of these areas…

Everything is developing at a more rapid pace. We’re adapting at a more rapid pace. As a developer, you either sink or swim… you must adapt or face becoming obsolete, just like the very technology you’re working with. The pace of change can be scary and off-putting for many but I still can’t get enough of this stuff.

Sean MacEntee

Web Developer. Technology Addict. Swimmer. Man Utd Fan. Writer. Designer.