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.
Curriculum Vitae of Peter O’Connor, Dec 2012
Glenribbeen Eco Lodge,
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).
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.