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30 is better than 20!

It is February 20th, 2020. I have 4 days left before I have the pleasure of turning 30 years old on the 24th of February 2020 & make no mistake, it is a pleasure, and it is something that I am actively looking forward to. I have come to realise, like Jenna Rink after a brief internal battle in 13 going on 30, you begin to realise, it can be pretty sweet to be thirty, flirty & thriving.

Merry Christmas Nerds!

It is December and although you would not know it by the unseasonably mild weather, it is Christmas, which means it is nearly time for Santa, turkey & giving your brother a puck over a tin of Roses. On behalf of everyone at Avalanche, I would like to thank absolutely everyone who has worked with us this year, both new clients who we were lucky enough to welcome & those who continue to place their faith in us to create & push boundaries for them online.

Honey, Fraud & the FBI

It’s the age-old saying that the "customer is always right" and was it one of the first lessons that I remember being drilled into me by my first business studies teacher, the terrifying Mrs Twomey way back when I used to sleepwalk my way around the halls of Causeway Comprehensive.

Kerryman Business Awards 2019

The Kerryman Business Awards are county wide awards recognising the entrepreneurialism, innovation, diversity and talent of businesses across all sectors. Avalanche are lucky enough to have been nominated for the Best Innovation in Business Award after a stellar 2019 that has seen us create more websites & apps than ever before.

Digital Trading Online Voucher

Did you know the government offers a grant of up to €2500 that is designed to help Irish businesses trade online? Taking sales online can be a confusing process and this grant aims to help SME’s all over Ireland navigate these tricky waters. With the trend ever increasing towards online spending it is estimated that only 23% of Irish businesses are involved in any meaningful way in eCommerce sales directly through their website.

Irish Early Career Awards 2019

I am delighted to announce that I have been nominated for the Technology Professional of The Year at the 2019 Irish Early Career Awards which celebrate outstanding work across a wide range of sectors. We were nominated by a large number of clients, friends in the industry and people on our newsletters so thank you to everyone who took the time!

Buying a house in Ireland for Millennials

Buying/building a house has never been easy in Ireland but why is it proving much more difficult for Millennials more than any other generation? Is Ireland in a housing crisis or do we just need to stop buying avocados & expensive coffee? What is the answer to one of the biggest problems facing our generation? One thing for sure, it's doubtful it lays in avocados.

Irish Content Marketing Awards 2019

The Irish Content Marketing Awards recognise the endeavours of the Irish marketing scene and provide a platform where the best work, by the best people for the best clients are celebrated. The gala awards ceremony and dinner is annually attended by the cream of the marketing industry, offering a unique opportunity to network and celebrate with hundreds of senior executives.

61320 hours of Avalanche

The days are long, but the years are short. It’s a corny phrase that has popped up on my Instagram sometime in the last few days, apparently it is typically associated with motherhood, but I find it just as applicable to my 7-year-old baby. It feels like just yesterday I announced to my family & friends my intentions to start a web design company and become the absolute best at it.

Google Recognition 2019

It’s been a while since I have had some time to write anything on this site (How are we already in June by the way?!) so we said we better check back in with some news! We were absolutely honoured to receive design recognition from Google last week. It has been a long process and we have learned a lot from it. We applied to a flagship programme ran by Google which highlights & celebrates custom code almost 8 months ago, it encourages agencies to push the boundaries of design, SEO & hosting.

The Micro Business Awards 2019

The Micro Business Awards celebrate the leaders of Ireland's small to medium business community. These unique awards appreciate the nation’s best sole traders, micro businesses and small to medium companies. We are happy to say we have been nominated in 5 categories which is a record (I think) and it is an honour to be recognised among such fantastic businesses.

Rattoo Rovers Sponsorship

Rattoo Rovers is a famous club located in the village of Ballyduff and has long been one of the flagship clubs in the Kerry soccer winning several titles over many years. We have sponsored a lot of items/events in our local community in the last few years, mostly focusing on the underage sector in Ballyduff but as soccer is my first love, it is a great honour to be able to sponsor Rattoo Rovers at a senior level.

Introducing: Sean O' Riordan

The internet is a weird place, it’s full of people desperate for fame, Nigerian princes who can’t seem to get an email back despite their charitable nature and is basically wall to wall perverts. Every now and again though, you “meet” someone sound and who is dedicated to what they do, enter Sean O’ Riordan.

What I learned at Tinder!

Online dating has exploded in the last couple of years with many apps such as Tinder, Bumble & Grindr coming to the fore. Each with different variations on the scene but ultimately follow the same format, you like someone, you swipe, you say hello & see how things progress. Seems simple, doesn’t it? For men, & especially Irish men, it has been a gamechanger, for better & for worse.