Get to know us: Eamonn

Meet our Head of Digital, Eamonn

Eamonn is our guru who runs all things digital!

What programme or software can you not live without?

I love my IDE (integrated development environment), it’s called PHP Storm and it does everything, it lets me know when I’ve made a bad typo, it allows me terminal access directly to the projects I’m working on, it provides hints and resources on CSS and Javascript, it tracks my changes on a github repository and that’s just scratching the surface. I began coding In notepad++ and scoffed at lazy developers letting IDE’s do all the work for them, but the reality is the cumulative time I save using PHP Storm per month is easily several hours of studio time!

Who or what inspired you to pursue the career you have today?

My computers teacher in secondary school took me aside and said “Ok, you clearly know how to use a computer” (we were basically learning how to turn the things on at this stage) and asked me would I like to do a research project, I said I didn’t know what to do, he said why not check out HTML … many years later the company I was working for needed work done on their website and I said “Hey I know a little about that…” and that was probably the worst/best idea ever, depending on how my day is going!

How do you prefer to start your day?

I try to drink a cup of tea while my daughter demands I play Paw Patrol with her.

Describe your role at Originate in 5 words.

Web Developer, I make websites.

Where were you born?

I was born in Dublin.

What’s your favourite movie?

The 13th warrior.

Advice you can give someone starting their career?

Never pass up on an opportunity to learn!

Are you right or left-handed?

South paw.

Pineapple on pizza – yay or nay?

With ham – yay … with pepperoni – what is wrong with you?

What skill do you think everyone should learn?

Bill Gates wants us all to learn code.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

Samuel L. Jackson.

What was your first job?

I carried potatoes up stairs and put them in the chipper in Leo Burdocks in Christchurch.

What’s a random fact about you?

I’ve walked along the Great Wall of China … and it was awesome.