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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.

Overview of Innovation for Sustainable Tourism

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Overview of Innovation for Sustainable Tourism
Jack Carlsen, Janne Liburd, Deborah Edwards and Paddy Forde
The case studies and analysis in this publication describe the different forms of
innovation that have been adopted in tourism as part of the transformation toward
sustainability (Liburd and Carlsen 2006). The overall objective is to provide a deeper
understanding of the systems of innovation in sustainable tourism by describing,
discussing and analysing the drivers, barriers, processes and networks in ten cases. It
is apparent that no agreed definition or categorisation system for innovation in
sustainable tourism exists, nor is there consensus on the underlying factors that drive
innovation. Hjalager (1997) has proposed a typology based on patterns of innovation
in tourism products, processes, management, logistics and institutions and has more
recently identified driving forces for innovation in Nordic tourism (Hjalager et al 2008).
Innovation is a catalytic development process that activates a number of processes
and is disseminated among individuals who take up new practices or adjust them
according to the new situation. According to Trott (1998:11) innovation is social as
“not a single action but a total process of interrelated sub processes. It is not just the
conception of a new idea, nor the invention of a new device, nor the development of a
new market”. Innovation is indeed a “broad concept that has been defined using many
approaches” (Breen et al 2006:6). What some classify as innovation, others may
dismiss as imitation or adaptation of existing knowledge or ideas. True innovation in
tourism businesses is nebulous and often inspired by external forces such as changing
customer needs, demographics, technology, government policy, environmental
conditions or social imperatives. It can take the form of product, process,
management, logistics or institutional innovations (Hjalager 1996) and may be a
disruptive or an incremental process (Schaper and Volery 2007).

Tourism in Ireland

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Great ad – makes me want to go NOW!!

‘Discount’ Tourism Initiative Targets 70 million Overseas With Irish Ancestry

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‘Discount’ Tourism Initiative Targets 70 million Overseas With Irish Ancestry

Tourists with Irish roots will soon be able to get big discounts at some of the country’s most popular visitor attractions. Foreigners with Irish ancestry will be eligible for a ‘certificate of Irish heritage’ under new plans being drawn by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Although holding the document would not entitle someone to citizenship or other legal rights, the department has proposed that successful applicants be issued with a credit-card style card that will entitle them to get knock-down rates at tourist venues.

The scheme would be overseen by the department but run by an external company funded by fees from the applicants. Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin said firms were being invited to come up with ideas on how to operate the project.

It is hoped that some classic films made in Ireland, including ‘Ondine’ with Colin Farrell and ‘Ryan’s Daughter’, the great David Lean film, will help entice British film fans to visit. Tourism Ireland has teamed up with the popular DVD subscription company, Lovefilm, for a promotion with a difference that will celebrate Irish film.

With 1.2 million subscriber households on its books and about 4.5 million visitors to the Lovefilm website each month, a website,, will allow people to explore the top 20 Irish films, browse some interesting Irish film facts and trivia and enter a competition to win a trip to Ireland’s famous film locations

Glenribbeen Eco Lodge E.U. Award as Eco Accommodation

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Glenribbeen Eco Lodge near Lismore Heritage Town, Co Waterford, Ireland has scored 25 points to win the E.U. top prize in Ecological accommodation in June 2009 and the flag was raised in September in front of the TV cameras at a great BBQ-garden party.

Raising the Flag

Peter & Frances Brennan raising the Flag


Can you iron this Els - Peter's been wearing it!

YouTube video of Peter moments after receiving the flag – a friend with a video camera happened along.


Our first guests at the self-catering apartment enjoy an alfresco breakfast.

Alfresco breakfast - Glenribbeen apartment.


Glenribbeen Eco Lodge from the main gate.

Glenribbeen Eco Lodge from the main gate.



Early morning Glenribbeen.

View of Glenribbeen as one comes in the man gate – photo taken before the new sunroom was added behind the adobe oven to apartment.




Hutpool where the Glenribbeen stream enters the Blackwater 300m from us.