10 September 2005

Bob Geldof

Originally uploaded by mofoghlu.
A few years ago, when I was promoting a project in the TSSG called NITOURA II, I had the pleasure of having my photograph taken with one of my childhood heroes Bob Geldof. Yes, I was one of those kids who liked the Boomtown Rats and bought all their albums and translated "I don't like Monday's" into Irish so I could sing it in the Gaeltacht (Irish school children often go to Irish-speaking areas in the holidays to help learn Irish and agree to only use Irish for the duration of the course - usually a few weeks).

I admire Bob for a number of reasons, first he helped make it cool to be an Irish punk/pop/rock singer, second he helped make a difference in the world based on what he believed (in terms of Feed the World and Live Aid and more recently Make Poverty History), and finally he has tried to engage in the economy in a wide range of ventures many of which have generated wealth and created employment. It was largely his latter role as a entrepreneur with an interest in Information Communications Technology (ICT) ventures that led him to Waterford in Feb 2002 (when this photograph was taken). He was promoting a local company who were bidding for a regional radio license (Power FM) - though in the end they didn't get this license - and he was promoting entrepreneurial research activities linked to Waterford Institute of Technology at the same time.

Anyway, thanks again Bob for all you've contributed to the entertainment, development and business communities.
Posted by mofoghlu at September 10, 2005 4:07 PM | TrackBack
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