Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Louise Mc Donald from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:


Louise Mc Donald

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I would advise them to get themselves physically fit and to maintain it. I would also say that a sense of humour is very important and the ability to laugh at themselves. They should have self discipline and be prepared to accept imposed discipline. Punctuality is very important as is respect for others. If they had sporting interests that would be a help.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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500 Jobs with National Sports Business Cluster

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500 Jobs with National Sports Business Cluster

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 

500 Jobs with National Sports Business Cluster

Ireland’s first ever sports business cluster is to be established with a target of creating 500 jobs within five years. 

The National Sports Business Cluster is to be established in Limerick, where 500 people are already employed in sports, and will platform from the elite sporting facilities established at the likes of UL’s sports campus, LIT’s Sportslab (Europe’s leading strength and conditioning centre) in Thurles and a range of companies involved in other sports related activities, from sports tech to nutrition companies, in Limerick and its catchment.

The development of the cluster is in association with W2 Consulting, University of Limerick and Innovate Limerick.

Unveiling plans for the new Limerick cluster, Dr. Pat Daly, Head of Economic Development & Planning at Limerick City and County Council said that establishing formal clusters can help redress economic development imbalances in Ireland by growing employment, not through indigenous companies which benefit most from establishment of formal clusters.

International experience, he said, is that clusters also enhance competitiveness across smart specialisations, enhance innovation, accelerate entrepreneurship and have a positive impact on the growth rate of average wages.

Among the objectives of the National Sports Business Cluster will be:

  • Attracting multinational investment while fostering Micro enterprise and SME industry in sport related business
  • Incorporating a sports industry economic strategy in future regional and national economic planning
  • Establish areas of specialisation within sport innovation
  • Develop a House of Sport site as the national start up centre for sports entrepreneurs
  • Create a national and international profile for Limerick as an industrial sport industry hub
  • Develop a ‘sport tech lab’ to link 3rd level and industry in specialist research and development areas


The CareersPortal Team