anyone from ireland?

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by ALAN OBRIEN, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    The Wicklow 200 - on Sunday 12th June 2005 - will be starting and finishing once again, at RTE.
    We've just agreed it with RTE again.

    Route is being finalised - will update asap.
     


  2. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    You are not alone Irelander.

    That Shannon Aerospace is a shithole - if I had a euro for the number of people who I've heard who joined and left the place : I'd be able to buy a new Pinarello.

    Mate of mine from back home in Dublin wanted to get a career going in Aviation repair : told him not to apply to Shannon Aerospace but he went ahead and got the job.
    He left after 1 week.
    He told me that he had to sign legal documents (ie.if caught and convicted of say, road traffic offence, he was required to report it to management - and such like) covering his behaviour out of hours from the job.
    Money was terrible as well - could only make good money by working massive overtime.
    Bet Lufthansa are paying their employees in Germany more than the €8.00 basic per hour in Shannon (they are because the proof has been provided).
     
  3. motorhommer

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    Never knock a job, just move on. Bet you some people rely on that place to pay their bills. If you are lucky or brave enough to be able to get work elsewhere then you are flying !!
     
  4. Irelander

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    Sorry Motorhommer but you would really hav to experience this place, Maybe that lifestyle would appeal to many people but not me. Working day and night to pay your morggage is no Life.


    Your Here for A Good time not a Long time. Thats my mottto
     
  5. Irelander

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    Sorry, mortgage & Motto
     
  6. limerickman

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    It's people who tolerate companies exploiting their workforce - who need to revise their attitude.

    The wife is an auditor and if you saw the profiatability of that place - you'd know that those profits are achieved by exploiting the fact that they don't pay their workforce well.
    That place is a shit hole.
     
  7. ALAN OBRIEN

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    as someone who deal's with shannon aerospace on a daily basis, (dealing with management and the guy's on the floor) i have to agree, the place is a shithole, the hours are terrible, but i also know that this is because of the nature of the business.
    i deal in aircraft spares and i know that the profit margins in this business are not huge. dont get me wrong, i'm not defending shannon aerospace, let me give you an example of what im talking about, i could get an aircraft part in stock where i work, the part might cost the company $25,000, we could make somewhere in the region of a $400 or $500 dollar profit.
    the simple fact is this, in this business you either do what you can to make your company survive, or you go under. it is as simple as that.
    as i said earlier, im not defending shannon aerospace in any way , shape or form, but i do, to a certain extent understand it.
    no one "HAS" to work there, though some might feel that they dont have a choice, they do. they can either stop complaining about working there and look for something else or they can stay miserable and stay working for a pittance for the rest of their lives.
    its really down to them.
     
  8. FredC

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    Yes, I'm from Co Carlow, Co Mayo, Co Tyrone, and a few more counties that I haven't yet sorted, going back to 1807. I'd be doing it a bit faster if you lot hadn't set fire to the feckin' records.
    Anyway back to Shannon Aerospace Lufthansa. A young qualified aero engineer of my aquaintance went to work there, and his wage was e21,000, out of that he had to pay for board and lodging. He left, and now works for Ugandan Airways (freight) at Gatwick. Salary? e38,000, and he lives at home again.
    Name? Sanjay Patel. They really are taking the piss out of youse people.
     
  9. limerickman

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    I concur - they are taking this piss totally, and have been doing so for years.
     
  10. keith bradburn

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    I've just discovered this web site, I'm in Killorglin, Co. Kerry. Thought I'd let you know, however, I know nothing of Shannon Aerospace!
     
  11. ALAN OBRIEN

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    you're better off keith. ;)
     
  12. 2ndyearneophyte

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    Hey everybody.

    I am a second year rider (2 centuries under my belt so far), and am heading over to Ireland for a two week vacation this coming Saturday. My wife 2 kids and I will be doing a lot of travelling the first week, but the entire second week, I will be using a friend's house as a "home base". He lives in County Kerry.
    Becuase I have the wifey and two kids coming, I am finding it hard to ship my bike over as well. I was wondering if anyone knew of a shop that rents decent roadbikes?. I currently ride a Specialized Tarmac Comp, and would like to try to keep thinks as normal as possible if I have the opportunity to ride over there. Please let me know. The time I would need the bike is from Saturday, May 28th through Wednesday, June 1st. I appreciate any help you guys could provide.

    John O'Toole
     
  13. keith bradburn

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    Hi John,

    Could be a bit of a problem getting a road bike for hire as they all seem to offer MTB's or at best hybrids. I would suggest that you ring O'Callaghan Cycles of College Street, Killarney, 003536431175, they should be able to provide you with something decent or direct you to someone who can help.

    Enjoy the Ring of Kerry!
     
  14. pinkzeppelin

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    Hello Everyone,

    Just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm from Dublin and I'm just getting into the sport and loving it. I'm covering about 100km's a week. I've been cycling for a month and have cycled from Tallaght to Glendalough via sally's gap in four hours. Is this a good time for a beginner? Anyway, just thought I'd say hello.

    Hope your enjoying the summer here in Ireland. Cheers
     
  15. limerickman

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    You're very welcome here, Zepp.

    I'm an ex-pat Dubliner living in Limerick (wife is from this part of the world).
    But I used to cycle competitively back home in Dublin and the Embankment/Sally Gap/Glendalough/Wicklow Gap/Hollywood/Blessington/Dublin used to be my old training route.

    You did Glendalough in a good time for someone who's only started.
    Sally Gap get's a bit tougher once you cross the small bridge 3/4's of the way up, eh ?

    I went over that course a few weeks back - the Embankment is getting busier and busier with traffic each time I cycle it.
     
  16. mpr

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    Hi,

    Martin from Dublin here, though spend alot of time in Killorglin(Caragh Lake) Kerry, Pretty much a rookie but completely bike nuts according to the wife! On a borrowed Specialised Allez comp at the moment but looking at buying either a Carbon Paganini from Humpfies in Finglas or a Cervelo Soloist Carbon if I can find a dealer/wholesaler. Anyone a member of Bray Wheelers here??

    Cheers

    Martin
    ps really enjoying the forum as info superb!
     
  17. limerickman

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    Former Wheeler : Orwell Wheeler, that is !
     
  18. Irish Indurain

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    Hey guys,

    I was just wondering if any of ye could tell me when the general cycling season runs in Ireland. I just finished competing in the Irish Rowing Champs there so my season is finished. I really want to give cycling a crack this year. Is there any competition in Ireland for the winter months and to compete do i have to be affiliated with a cycling club?
    Cheers,
    Daragh
     
  19. shannons dad

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    I'm from Antrim. I've been living in England for the last 19 years and married my English wife last year. Nice enough country, but I miss home.

    Bill.
     
  20. BadBreaks

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    I'm from Laois. I have a road bike which I bought a few months go. I cycle by myself for fun.

    I have considered joining a club. Probably should get off a my behind and do it.

    BadBreaks
     
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