In 2006 Vicki convinced Tom to give her little brother a job, he looks back at his first year with fond memories...
2006 is a year probably best remembered for some truly great Irish sporting achievements, well that and of course I started working here. I arrived on January 9th, a quiet shy lad hoping to fit into the world of RecruitIreland.com. I was lucky I had been pre-warned by Vicki, who to avoid, who the golden girl was and how important it was to keep on the right side of Sinead!! I was also told there was a very quiet fella called Diarmuid - luckily it turned out he wasn’t that quiet - he was just surrounded by females and had no interest in hair and makeup. Vicki had of course left to work in Dublin at that stage so the guys were spared of any O’Callaghan infighting for a couple of years anyway..
In 2006 our annual surveys revealed loved ones would prefer a little bit of TLC over champagne, chocolates and jewellery on Valentines, one in five workers were afraid to take all their holidays over fears it would ruin their career chances and perhaps most telling our Christmas survey revealed over 44% of employees were receiving Christmas bonuses and four in every five bosses were picking up the tab for fancy Christmas parties. Without having any 2010 surveys to hand I’d imagine it’s fair to predict fancy Christmas parties paid for by the boss will be few and fair between this year.
2006 saw the launch of two of our best remembered award winning advertising campaigns with Beep and Creak hitting the nations TV screens and line, paper and ink in the print media. Here's Beep to jog your memory:
As per usual we had numerous nights out and activities throughout 2006 with the highlight being the Christmas party in Man Fridays in Kinsale, luckily Brendan didn’t go missing on this night out and we finished off the night in ‘ the classic ‘ dancing at the disco as a fella once said!!
Also in that year;
• Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and The Da Vinci Code were the box office favourites
• Gnarls Barkley's single “Crazy” was the best selling single
• Steve Irwin died after a stringray pierced his heart during filming
• Charles Haughey died.
• The GAA, FAI and IRFU announced that a deal had been reached which would allow soccer and rugby to be played in Croke Park.
• Munster won the Heineken cup, beating Biarritz in the final held at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
• Europe won the 2006 Ryder Cup, held in Kildare Golf and Country Club
• Ireland's Derval O'Rourke wins the women's 60m hurdles at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships
• Kilkenny won the All-Ireland Hurling Title
• Kerry won the All-Ireland Football Title
• Chelsea won the premier league