Alphabetical List of the 32 Counties of Ireland

Often I have to create web forms with the 32 counties of Ireland listed, or create maps or whatever and I need the 32 counties listed alphabetically. I’m sure others have a requirement for this too, so following are a few lists of the counties presented in various ways.

32 County List of Ireland Alphabetically Sorted, Capitalised

Antrim
Armagh
Carlow
Cavan
Clare
Cork
Derry
Donegal
Down
Dublin
Fermanagh
Galway
Kerry
Kildare
Kilkenny
Laois
Leitrim
Limerick
Longford
Louth
Mayo
Meath
Monaghan
Offaly
Roscommon
Sligo
Tipperary
Tyrone
Waterford
Westmeath
Wexford
Wicklow

32 Counties of Ireland Listed Alphabetically Lowercase

antrim
armagh
carlow
cavan
clare
cork
derry
donegal
down
dublin
fermanagh
galway
kerry
kildare
kilkenny
laois
leitrim
limerick
longford
louth
mayo
meath
monaghan
offaly
roscommon
sligo
tipperary
tyrone
waterford
westmeath
wexford
wicklow

32 Counties of Ireland Numerical List

  1. Antrim
  2. Armagh
  3. Carlow
  4. Cavan
  5. Clare
  6. Cork
  7. Derry
  8. Donegal
  9. Down
  10. Dublin
  11. Fermanagh
  12. Galway
  13. Kerry
  14. Kildare
  15. Kilkenny
  16. Laois
  17. Leitrim
  18. Limerick
  19. Longford
  20. Louth
  21. Mayo
  22. Meath
  23. Monaghan
  24. Offaly
  25. Roscommon
  26. Sligo
  27. Tipperary
  28. Tyrone
  29. Waterford
  30. Westmeath
  31. Wexford
  32. Wicklow

32 Counties of Ireland Comma Separated

Antrim, Armagh, Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Derry, Donegal, Down, Dublin, Fermanagh, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Tyrone, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow

32 Counties of Ireland Semicolon Delimited

antrim;armagh;carlow;cavan;clare;cork;derry;donegal;down;dublin;fermanagh;galway;kerry;kildare;kilkenny;laois;leitrim;limerick;longford;louth;mayo;meath;monaghan;offaly;roscommon;sligo;tipperary;tyrone;waterford;westmeath;wexford;wicklow;

32 Counties of Ireland, Strings, comma separated e.g. for array initialisation

‘antrim’,’armagh’,’carlow’,’cavan’,’clare’,’cork’,’derry’,’donegal’,’down’,’dublin’,’fermanagh’,’galway’,’kerry’,’kildare’,’kilkenny’,’laois’,’leitrim’,’limerick’,’longford’,’louth’,’mayo’,’meath’,’monaghan’,’offaly’,’roscommon’,’sligo’,’tipperary’,’tyrone’,’waterford’,’westmeath’,’wexford’,’wicklow’

32 Counties of Ireland Code for HTML Form

<select name="county">
    <option value="antrim">Antrim</option>
    <option value="armagh">Armagh</option>
    <option value="carlow">Carlow</option>
    <option value="cavan">Cavan</option>
    <option value="clare">Clare</option>
    <option value="cork">Cork</option>
    <option value="derry">Derry</option>
    <option value="donegal">Donegal</option>
    <option value="down">Down</option>
    <option value="dublin">Dublin</option>
    <option value="fermanagh">Fermanagh</option>
    <option value="galway">Galway</option>
    <option value="kerry">Kerry</option>
    <option value="kildare">Kildare</option>
    <option value="kilkenny">Kilkenny</option>
    <option value="laois">Laois</option>
    <option value="leitrim">Leitrim</option>
    <option value="limerick">Limerick</option>
    <option value="longford">Longford</option>
    <option value="louth">Louth</option>
    <option value="mayo">Mayo</option>
    <option value="meath">Meath</option>
    <option value="monaghan">Monaghan</option>
    <option value="offaly">Offaly</option>
    <option value="roscommon">Roscommon</option>
    <option value="sligo">Sligo</option>
    <option value="tipperary">Tipperary</option>
    <option value="tyrone">Tyrone</option>
    <option value="waterford">Waterford</option>
    <option value="westmeath">Westmeath</option>
    <option value="wexford">Wexford</option>
    <option value="wicklow">Wicklow</option>
</select>

Code in action

Sleep Paralysis Song – and Setting Goals

I’m a firm believer in setting goals and sticking to them.  Without them, targets are missed and you become messy and anxious when it comes to getting the job done.  This year I’ve set myself the goal of getting 12 original songs onto youtube. The first is a Sleep Paralysis Song.

In the past I’ve set goals for lots of different kinds of things.  A few years ago it was getting Slang books published through UpTheDeise.com and then Slang.ie, then it was getting the 1848 Tricolour Festival off the ground with my friends, more recently, getting into good shape through sensible diet, climbing that bastard of a hill, Coumshingaun, and competing at national and international Kettlebell events, which it feels great to be doing at almost 40.

This year I plan on continuing the kettlebell training as it has had such a positive impact on my life, but I have some business goals and musical goals that I also plan to achieve this year.

Most people don’t know this about me but I am a classically trained Tuba player (LOL), yes it’s not much good to me these days except it has made me an expert birthday candle ‘blower outer’ and may even have given me a bit of an extra bellow capacity for the Kettlebells, who knows.  All those days marching with the damned thing around my neck on St. Patrick’s day for example.  I got to grade 7 standard and competed in competition with the big yoke. I played in the Mount Sion Silver Band for about 10 years, which made me a lot of life long friends..  I also played it for my leaving cert, which gave me an edge that the fiddle, and piano players didn’t have.  I remember the look on the evaluators face when I came in with my Tuba.  Their eyes would brighten up as it was unusual, and it wasn’t another fiddle or piano LOL. I’d bang a solo out on the E flat Bass like it was a Euphonium, thanks to the instruction of Liam Walsh, and my Dad for really encouraging me to keep it up when I felt the pressure.

After I left school I kind of rejected music a bit because I guess it became a bit too much like work and I lost the love for it.  Also, I was good but I was never really that good a musician so I wasn’t that confident in my abilities and so I focussed on other things in my life.

What I got from my time playing the tuba was an ability to read music and an understanding of how music works, bass lines, working with instruments in the different ranges and keys etc.

Even though I was a good tuba player, I’ve always been more of a closet singer.  I sang a couple of main parts as a kid in plays like Joseph and always enjoyed that.  Though never really took it anywhere beyond that, which has bugged me.  I was always singing though at home, with guitar and writing songs from a young age, but I let that part of me die for 15 years.

Anyway, to cut a long story short.  I’ve been toying around with the idea of writing songs and getting them out there for years and recently I’ve gotten a few out there.  Over the years I did some spoofy stuff for UpTheDeise.com like ‘The Secret Ball by Paul Flynn’ to the Tune of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, and The Deise Boys up in the Ardree to the tune of Stayin Alive by the BeeGees.

Always a great craic and they did really well locally as most people in Waterford have seen them, but they’re just cover versions and a bit of a laugh.

I started putting some more original stuff out there last year like ‘Hey Mind Yerself’, a song about the big storms in Ireland in 2013/2014 that caused havok, and then an a-capella song ‘Arnies 6 Rules to Success.’

On Christmas eve, I brought out a song called Santa is Real for my kids and this year I’ve promised myself that I’ll release 12 songs, one a month for a year and January’s work is called Sleep Paralysis…

What is Sleep Paralysis?

Sleep Paralysis is a condition that almost 10% of the world suffer from.  When it happens you wake up and cannot move a muscle, you can’t even speak.  It feels very sinister, like you are under attack and you panic and can’t move, not even scream for your loved ones.  It is awful and terrifying to even the toughest individual.  The only way out of it is to wait, and to wait calmly is the best way.

Science explains Sleep Paralysis it as your mind waking up before your body does and studies have shown that it is more likely to happen to people under mental stress.

However, religious and spiritual people believe it to be some sort of demonic/spiritual attack, intending to draw fear from the victim either as an energy source for them or that your panic is a source of entertainment for them.   The jury is out as far as I’m concerned.

Here’s an article on the demonic side of Sleep Paralysis, the testimonies are particular interesting in the comments sections.

In any case, as a frequnt sufferer, I wrote a song about it… it may resonate with some of you…

Tour of the Hasbro Factory in Waterford!

Daddy in his elementWhen I was driving my daughter home from school last week she told me that she had won an anti-littering art competition and that her artwork would feature on a local calendar. I was a very proud dad. When she further explained that a part of her prize was to get a tour of the Hasbro factory in Waterford I was even more thrilled for her. When she said she could bring a friend and 1 adult I felt a wave of excitement flow through my body. Maybe it might be me she would pick. When she told me I was the one she was going to bring I shouted…

“WHOOOOPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”

Hasbro get involved with the community

Hasbro get involved with the community

I am 38 years old and have passed the Hasbro Factory every single day wondering what goes in that mysterious building that produces the board games that we all know and love like Monopoly, Operation, Kerplunk and so many more favourites. Now that I was going to find out first hand I felt that bit of excitement you feel as a little kind when you find out you’re going on a school tour. I felt like Grandpa Joe out of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and I sang “I’ve got a golden ticket all the way home in the car!”

Sian and Daniel with their Calendars

Sian and Daniel with their Calendars with brilliant tour guide Francie Conroy, Jenny Butler and John Lennon

We had to wait over a week before going, the days went really slow. Slowest few days EVER… but eventually it came around. We (my Daughter, her brother and I) arrived at security with 10 minutes to spare and went into reception and waited with the other parents. We put on our safety goggles and made our way up to the induction room, with our guide Francie, who was very friendly and great fun.

When we got to the room we were told about how the games were produced at different times and how if games were needed in Smyths in Waterford they had to be first shipped to the UK and then shipped back because they don’t manage the distribution across Europe, just the supply.   We got a baaaieeg of Tayto each and a mineral (Waterford style), and the adults got a cuppa tay and a bicky. The kids where shown the lovely calendars and some lovely words of encouragement were said to them and there was a photo op and then we were ready to take the tour of the facility.

 

Making Mousetrap

First we went through the plastic moulding section. We saw pieces of the connect four frame being moulded and separated and get automatically put on conveyor belt with the help of robot arms. Across the aisle was the plastic base of operation being made and a worker inserting the board with the unfortunate man whose organs are pulled out by kids all over the continent. We saw a man assembling the pieces of the Kerplunk game into the box, the spiral, the marbles, the straws, all there.

 

Yeah it happened!Then we went on to an area where boards were being printed for monopoly and other games before we went to see the automated store room where a fork lift on tracks retrieved items 70 feet in the air. The we went on to the cool money printing facility. The place where the famous monopoly money is made. The kids all got a fist full of dollars, and I stood there doing randomly doing Clint Eastwood impressions that nobody got.

Overlooking the floorThen we went further down the production line to see a full view of the factory, which was not as busy as usual because this is the quiet time of the year for Hasbro seeing as Santa has just been and gone. Even still there were games being made left right and centre. We saw the final stages of the operation being packed. The box having the label stuck on and glazed, the plastic boards we saw earlier being put into the box with the instructions and the boxes being stacked.

Free games YAY!

Free games YAY!

Finally, we went upstairs again, back to the induction room and the kids awere thrilled to be given three games each. Daniel got Battleship, Guess who and Taboo and Sian got Monopoly, Frozen Frustration and Taboo also. They were delighted with themselves and I was too.

Thanks a million to Hasbro for doing this for the kids of the city. It’s a lovely calendar and hopefully people will pick it up and help spread the message and keep our beautiful city tidy in 2015.  Here’s a short video of parts of the tour…

Photobooth Hire in Ireland – SEO Testimonial

Primetime Leisure specialises in photobooth hire for weddings and other events in Ireland and until recently was way down the search engine results page.

I met with Primetime for a coffee and it turns out that there wasn’t much wrong with the site except that it wasn’t targetting the right keywords.

We spent some time identifying the right keywords for the maximum results and went about editing some target pages to incorporate these phrases.  I suggested some other things they could do to their site and regarding link building and at the time of writing Primetime Leisure is now in 5th position on page 1 for their major search term.  We also improved their keyword targetting within Google Adwords during the session.

Primetime contacted me thanking me for the help which is really positive feedback:

Just want to say thank-you for the help in getting my website on the pages of google. When we started if you put up ‘photobooth’ you couldn’t find me no matter how far back through the pages you went.

Since we met, my web site is steadily climbing up the results page. Something I honestly didn’t think was possible.

Once again thanks Cian for the help.”

Robert Nutt – Primetime Leisure

Search Engine Optimisation can Make you Fishers of Customers

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I’ve met with some clients over the past few weeks regarding making their businesses more competitive on the search results pages on Google.

I always start the sessions with the phrase “It’s not rocket science” but like everything there is effort involved.  Nothing happens overnight.

If I had a euro for every time someone asked me “can you get me to no. 1?” I wouldn’t need to do SEO ever again, but the answer is nobody can guarantee it.  You can pay to have an ad appear at the very top if you pay enough but it may not get you a return on your investment. To get to the top of the organic search results is possible, but it’s down to Google and how good your competitors are at SEO.

The beauty of it is that it’s like a sport, you get out what you put in, but the best thing about it is the rewards.  If you get to no. 1 you begin to get leads for your business for free.  A nice prize.

When you’re in no. 1 position, or even the first 3, and if there is business traffic for that key phrase you will get relevant traffic, and if your site does its job you will get leads.  Indefinitely.

Competitive business should learn to enjoy SEO as such and take the bull by the horns and learn the basics initially and then delve into the finer details.  You’d be amazed what a little effort can achieve, especially in local market places as most of your competitors will have done very little SEO.  As with everything the 80/20 rule applies.

I think of it like the old saying,

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

If you hire someone for SEO, you may get some extra business in the short term, but learn it for yourself and you can create something that potentially keep generating traffic for you indefinitely.

The fishing analogy doesn’t end there.  If potential internet visitors are fish, you website is the rod, and the keywords you use on your site are the bait.  You have to use specific bait for specific fish and that is the art of SEO.  Getting traffic to your site that is relevant and that will ultimately generate business for you.

If you need help with your SEO look to experts that actually achieve results, that have love for it and see it as a sport.  There are no tricks, nothing black hat about it, just do it right and the rewards are plentiful.  There have been updates to Google over the years that have removed sites from the results pages, but following a simple 3 step process of keyword research, applying the keywords to content and then sensible promotion through link building and supporting marketing activities will see you rise through the ranks over time.

 

Christmas in Waterford

christmas-waterfordWhy not spend Christmas in Waterford this year? Waterford City is the place to be this Christmas where Ireland first Christmas Festival, Winterval, is taking place between November 21st and December 24th.  Here are 40 things that you can do in Waterford during the Christmas season!  Come visit and you will be amazed at what we have to offer!  The City will provide a fantasy wonderland for kids of all ages from 1 to 101 and there is no better way of getting into the christmas spirit!

  1. Take a trip on the Santa Express with Waterford & Suir Valley Railway
  2. Visit the Museum of Toys
  3. Take a spin on the old style Carousel  in John Roberts Square
  4. Winterval Illuminates Light show at Cathedral Square
  5. Storytelling for the kids at Irelands oldest civic building at Reginalds Tower
  6. Visit the Yule Viking Settlement at Newstreet Gardens
  7. Visit Waterford on Ice
  8. Visit Santa Grotto at the Medieval Museum
  9. See the Waterford Panto Societies “Sleeping Beauty”
  10. Have a classical evening with Handel’s Messiah at the Cathedral of the most Holy Barronstrand Street
  11. View Disneys “Frozen” and have a hot chocolate or a gluhwein
  12. Visit the Polar Bear Garden at City Hall
  13. Experience a “Victorian Christmas” at the Bishops Palace
  14. Visit the South Pole and enchanted gardens at the Newstreet Gardens
  15. See Keith Barry on the 29th of November at The Mall
  16. Take a slide on the “Helter Skelter” on The Mall
  17. Take a spin on the “Vintage Ferris Wheel” outside the House of Waterford Crystal
  18. Come along a have a listen to the “Singing Christmas Tree”
  19. WAMA, Princesses and Superhero Parade
  20. Visit the Spider Man Exhibition
  21. Let your taste buds experience all the food stalls at the WInterval Market
  22. Take a ride on the WInterval Express
  23. Visit the Elves Workshop
  24. Take a ride through the City on a Horse Drawn Sleigh
  25. Hang a decoration on the Hasbro Giving Tree
  26. Take an adventure through the “Exploration Dome”
  27. Visit the Winterval Market for hand crafted Christmas goodies
  28. Experience the Waterford Homecraft annual Christmas Craft Fair
  29. Sing the kids up for the Christmas Creative Writing Workshop
  30. Visit Central Arts.  Little Elves Puppet Making Workshops. Let your child’s imagination run riot, where they will get the opportunity to make Christmas themed puppets.
  31. Meet Oldman Winter and enter into the City Square Word Search Competition
  32. Visit the Polish Christmas Market at Parnell Street
  33. Party the night away at the Late Night Winterval Club
  34. Call into the Municipal Gallery.  The “Eye of a Child” – is your child a Michaelangelo in the making? Get them to colour in, create and exhibit their own version of one of our famous artworks and bring it home.
  35. Visit the Rotary Club Christmas tree
  36. Visit the Penguins at the Palace
  37. Check out the choice of Hotels and B&Bs in Waterford
  38. Check out some of the over 114 restaurants and cafes that we have in Waterford City and County
  39. Visit Tramore Christmas Carnival
  40. Keep up to date with all thats going on with Waterford In Your Pocket

So you see we have everything covered for you this Christmas in Waterford.  With the special seasonal spirit that can only be found in Waterford, shopping, restaurants, cafes and pubs all in the City centre, Waterford is the place to be this winter!  Fun for all the family, go on, you know you want to!  See you in Waterford Ho Ho Ho!

This article was written by Paul Dower of Waterford in Your Pocket, copyright (c) 2014

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Comma separated list of counties in Ireland

Here’s a comma separated list of the 32 counties in Ireland in case you need them for a spreadsheet, for code or whatever.  Cut and paste away…

Antrim, Armagh, Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Derry, Donegal, Down, Dublin, Fermanagh, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Tyrone, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow

 

Copper Coast not Wild Enough for Failte Ireland

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The copper coast, not wild enough to be included in Failte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

Most days there are facepalm moments, but some days facepalming really really hurts.  I just listened to an radio interview/debate on the Derek Mooney show between Paul Flynn (owner and chef at the award winning, Tannery Restaurant, Dungarvan) and Paul Keely (Director of Enterprise Development, Failte Ireland).

At 14.45 in the following radio interview my hand began to move towards my face inevitably like the cylindrical space ship in Star Trek The Voyage Home heading towards Earth because the whales are extinct and won’t answer the ominous querying monolith.  Then at 15.01 Mr. Keely says the following about the Copper Coast (designated a European Geopark), “but it’s not wild… from our perspective” and bang I fell off the chair with the incredible force of the palm hitting my face.  “Our perspective,” in this instance, is the perspective of Failte Ireland, the national tourism development authority of Ireland.

Fáilte Ireland is the National Tourism Development Authority – See more at: http://www.failteireland.ie/Utility/What-We-Do.aspx#sthash.AFnHURPY.dpu

Well Mr. Keely, I beg to differ.  The following YouTube video was taken in Tramore bay last winter.

I believe this fulfills your definition of wild in full and therefore I expect to see Waterford included on the Wild Atlantic Way early next week.

Thanking you.

Inspiring Excellence – Waterford Sports Psychologist Website Upgrade

Inspiring Excellence - Sports Psychologist Waterford, Ireland.I was delighted to work with Shane O’Sullivan (Waterford GAA Hurler) on upgrading his website.  As well as being a dedicated athlete, Shane is also a sports psychologist, running the Inspiring Excellence practice in Waterford, Ireland. Shane wanted to make sure his site was mobile compatible and future proofed. He also wished to add a blogging dimension to it so that  he could share his thoughts on the subject via the website and through social media effectively.  With this in mind we decided to move to the WordPress platform.

His site and brand had already been nicely designed so we simply transferred the existing design to WordPress and made sure that when it rendered on smaller screens such as tablets and mobile devices that it presented the information clearly.

Extensive use of plugins

  • We employed a responsive design with some break points for different sized screens and replaced a header that consisted of animated gifs with a more modern, re-sizable slide show type plug-in.
  • All of the sites existing SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) has been maintained as we mapped existing .html files to wordpress pages and posts using a redirect plug-in.
  • We also made SEO more easily manageable through use of SEO plug-in.
  • Each page is shareable on social media also now through the use of Social Media plug-in.

Just after launch, Shane has posted his first blog entry ‘www.inspiringexcellence.ie/rugby-haka-hurling-football.html,’ which is already being liked and shared on social media.

Best of luck to Shane with his new website and sport psychology career.

Shane had this to say about UTD Web Design’s service:

“UTD Web Design’s service is exceptionally professional. The attention to detail employed to the many unique facets of web design is an eye opener. UTD Web Design can explain modern technological tools in a simple and user friendly way. Consequently empowering your company with the ability to dynamically enhance all aspects of website and social media promotion. UTD web design will improve your existing website and social media potential. Any company seeking to optimise their website, social media or marketing potential should contact UTD Web Design.”

Simple SEO Social Media Strategy for Business Bloggers

Simple SEO Social Media Strategy for Business Bloggers:A mistake that is commonly made by businesses is that they create a site and then leave it static expecting people to find it and purchase products or contact them for leads.  In terms of SEO, generally, the fewer pages on the site the less effective it can be and the less specifically it can match what people are looking for.

Another mistake then is that businesses put up loads of content up on their facebook pages, images, short messages, competitions etc. and though effective in the short term, they quickly move from the time line and there is no long term SEO benefit.  By following the strategy below you can get that quick win and also get some long term seo benefits.

The three key aspects of SEO are:

  1. Find out what customers are searching for
  2. Ensure the pages of your site match these terms
  3. Get links back to these pages

Finding out what people are searching for is pretty easy using tools such as the google keyword planner.  So once you know this you can then discover how many competitors you have and how well they are doing on the search results page.

With a standard site you can really only focus on key phrases related to the content on those pages and you are limited in terms of what you can target.  With a blog however, you can keep adding pages to your site, so following is a Simple SEO Social Media Strategy for Business Bloggers:

  1. Before you write the blog find out what people are searching for specifically
  2. Use that key phrase and slight variations of it when writing the blog, set the title to that, add it to the content, use it as the alternative description for images
  3. Be the first to share the blog entry on your facebook page or twitter account and ensure there are social share options on the blog so that they can share within their own networks.

You don’t necessarily need to write a blog about your business topics, though tips and tricks, guides, dos and don’ts can be helpful, but be creative.  One of the more popular blogs on this site for example is a ‘how to get to‘ type article.  This is very useful to people in my area and it will be potentially seen by someone looking to get a site done.  If they like what they read they may at a future date decide they need a website and they then are aware of or know about the brand and might feel like they can do business with me as a result.

The brilliant thing about wordpress is that there are plugins that assist with this functionality.  Plugins for social sharing, which facilitate sharing on practically all social networks and are highly configurable. Plugins for search engine optimisation, which provide keyword analysis, checklists and so on.  It can make life very easy indeed.

So in summary, before you make your next facebook post, think about whether it might be more beneficial for you to post it to your blog first and then share the link on facebook.