The Wild Atlantic Way, Co. Mayo, West of Ireland is where I live and work. However I am a ‘blow in’ to this beautiful county. I am a ‘Dub’, I grew up in Dublin and studied design in college, I then moved to London where l lived for several years and worked in printing.
In 1992, having identified a gap in the market and to satisfy an urge to explore artistic expression and possibility, I returned to Dublin to set up Big Leap Designs.
Based initially on Dame Street followed by another few years in the Tower Design Centre on Pearse Street, my business grew and grew and then in 1998 the (entirely inexplicable as I had no previous connection with) lure of the west of Ireland and an indefatigable yearn for adventure led me to this small village.
And so we traipsed, myself and my then employees, to the west.
The storm of late December 1998 destroyed the trees in my garden and in rode a local man on his white horse (read Massey Ferguson tractor!) to clear the debris, we got married just over a year later…..the rest is history.