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I get asked a lot about my experience – which is hard to define – except to say I’ve 8 All Ireland medals and a few Irish nominations and of course the top EU eco-prize of The Green Flower Award (ISO14001) being one of only 125 in Europe. I enjoy being one of the emergency first aid responder (cardiac) pre-hospital team in the West Waterford area.

However my diplomas and certifications mean a lot to me too.

Lismore Community First Response Programme

 Curriculum Vitae of Peter O’Connor, Dec 2012

Glenribbeen Eco Lodge,



Co Waterford


058 54499                086 601 7176

Born; Drogheda-Co Louth. July 1956.



·    1974 completed Leaving Certificate De La Salle, Dundalk.

Irish educational achievements include; 1 HETAC, 6 x FETAC-6 diplomas, also one Scottish and two Dutch diplomas.


1978      National Certificate in Construction Studies        ……      …..       …….     Major    FETAC-6

1992     T.E.F.L. Teaching English as a Foreign Language   (TEFL Dipl)

Scottish International Learning Collage at Polsworth Gardens Edinburgh,..(Merit). (FETAC-6)

1993     Dutch National (All Boats) Certificate for Sail &  Speedboat and Sail Coaching.

2001     T.T.C.T. Teaching Traditional Irish Music. C.C.E. An Cultúrlán, Dublin. ….   ….     (FETAC-6)

2004     Completed modules in Master’s Degree in Domestic Sustainable Energy,

unfinished due to car accident.

2008     Building Energy Regulations exams. B.E.R. ……            …….     Meritorious        ……      (FETAC-6)

2009     Green Flower Award (E.U.) ISO14001  …..     European Commission Award

2010     Certificate in Tourism Business Practice……       Fáilte Ireland     ….        …         (HETAC-6)

2012     Nominee for Irish National ‘Tourism Business Challenge, finalist. Fáilte Ireland.

2011     Certificate in Sustainable Development … ECO-UNESCO….Meritorious   ….        (FETAC-5)

2011     Certificate in Renewable Energy Systems, Greenworks, Cork. …….         ….. ….  (FETAC-5)

2011     BSc in SME. RPL, WD-BSMEM_D Acceptance to degree course in WIT

2012    Capacity Building (Community Forums) Certificate of Completion.

2012     Manual Handling Instructor’s Certificate …Anderlift, Glanmire  .    Distinction   ….  (FETAC-6)

2012     Safe Pass (100% score).  …. Dungarvan Enterprise Board, Dungarvan ….

2012     Train the Trainer. MCX Training, Skillnet, Waterford…..    ……      Meritorious   …..(FETAC-6)

2012     HACCP Food Safety. FSPA, Kenturk via FC                   …….     Meritorious   ….  (FETAC-5)

2012     Microsoft Word 2007/10 Advanced. Waterford Chamber, Skillnet.

2012     First Aid (Community Responder) and Cardiac First Response (Pre-Hospital Emergency Care).

2012     e-Marketing and Promotion (evening course) WIT. Higher Certificate…    …..(FETAC-6)

2012     Heritage  Business (part-time) Postgraduate Certificate, Trinity St David, Wales.

Currently studying for a degree in tourism with Fáilte Ireland in W.I.T. (BSc Small Enterprise Management).

Presently helping to run Glenribbeen Eco Lodge B&B and Self-Catering, the only accommodation provider in south of Ireland with EU Eco Label (Green Flower Award).

Presently working as music teacher on a 1 on 1 basis and running a B&B+ Self Catering. I also teach archery and work with a Viking Re-enactment Society and am a First Aid Community Responder (FACR).

Career History

1978     Travelled extensively in Europe and N.Africa playing music and working at technical drawing jobs.

1980     Contracted for temporary work for 12 months in Amsterdam. Asked to stay on on a caretaker-basis while a work colleague travelled for a year. Stayed on primarily due to having been in a music band.

1982     Started ‘Small Building and Renovation Company’ renovating old Amsterdam Canal Houses and (later) classic boats; work came mostly via the museums and Amsterdam City Council. Some technical drawing for Fokker aircraft.

1986     Studied boat electronics and expanded renovation company (O’Connor Decoration) to include boat restoration

1998   Returned to Ireland. Purchased and renovated a property near Lismore Co. Waterford as B&B. Priority being the music school and eco-friendly-tourism. All renovations were designed to be as eco-friendly as possible and to further enhance the ‘green-build’ of the house as learned while studying Domestic Sustainable Energy course at Clonmel IT.

2007    Opened self-catering apartment under the B&B which sleeps 5.

2008     I worked hard to feature in RTE’s ‘At Your Service’ programme; they researched and selected our B&B business specifically due to our eco projects. Several repeats were broadcast.Also British TV (SkyTV) in Nov 2012.

2009 – 10       I’ve won various awards within the tourism industry (including Nomination for Small Business Enterprise Award 2010) and been accepted for BSC Small Business Enterprise degree course. 6 modules Enterprise, Networking and Marketing have been completed and passed so far.

2011     I have passed two modules in ECO UNESCO Sustainable Development.

Our Ethos is to create a holiday environment that doesn’t cost the earth.

                          I believe that we can provide a holiday experience without the footprint.

Ongoing:     Developing eco-projects and alternate fuels. We received E.U. ‘Green Flower Flag’ for Ecological Accommodation Businesses in spring 2009. It is the only ‘Green Flag’ south of Leitrim and one of only 125 in Europe. We were also awarded The Irish Green Hospitality (Gold) Award 2010 and the Georgina Campbell ‘good food’ Award. My work for the “Certificate in Tourism Business Practice” meant I won a nomination for the Fáilte Ireland Business Enterprise Awards 2010.

Presently:      working as music & archery teacher privately with individuals and in small groups, member of Lismore Community Response Team. I have been Class Representative for our BSc class WIT since Sept 2011.

Hobbies include: playing various musical instruments, archery, orienteering, water sports (Advanced PADI), working on ecological projects – my own and those of friends and neighbours.

For entertainment I watch rugby and hurling, I also like to garden and read. I run an eco-blog.

 I run FaceBook Pages Glenribbeen, Knockmealdown Vee.

De Werldband

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We saw the Dutch ensemble last evening – I’m still chuckling at the antics.

De Werldband are zany and fun but yet fantastic musicians. Do try get to see them – their DVDs are great too Els tells me. The Irish reel (complete with wailing electric guitars) will have you crying !!

Since 2005 WERELDBAND have conquered the stages of Dutch theatres and festivals with their musical comedy shows. Everywhere they go, they are greeted by wildly enthusiastic audiences for their comical style and extraordinary musical talent. The boundless energy and musical expertise transcends nationalities as well as generations. The six musicians present themselves as perfectly skilled comics, singers and dancers. Let yourself get carried away in a whirlwind of musical styles from all around the world from Spanish flamenco and Rumanian gipsy music to Irish reel and from Surinam kaseko past Russian music to the Peking Opera…

“This is the craziest band since Spike Jones, incomparable to anything in the Dutch theatre scene. It is truly amazing to see how many instruments are mastered by these six men. And how! This show is absolutely unique. They are the Marx Brothers of world music.”

The Gloves:- LINK Very Clever this

Welrdband FaceBook;- LINK