Archive for networking – a new site for Irish dads

I recently discovered – a new Irish-based website for dads and dads-to-be. There are already lots of sites for Irish mums including RollerCoaster, MagicMum and Eumom. However, the male of the species was not very well catered for – up to now. aims to fill this gap.

It’s a great looking site and contains loads of information in areas such as Health & Fitness, Money & Legal, Fatherhood and Lifestyle. It also has a community forum for engagement in topics of interest and issues. The site was created by David Caren and I asked David to write a guest post describing why he started the site and the thinking behind it. Over to you David:


When my wife was pregnant with our first daughter, Robin, like all new dads-to-be I needed to know what I was letting myself in for, I desperately wanted information on what to expect over the nine months so the obvious place to start off with was on the net. What I found there was a serious lack of information for dads-to-be written by dads, or indeed written from a male perspective. Now don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great pink & fluffy sites for the expectant mammy, but not one for us dads. I was also working in Waterstones in Cork at the time so I was familiar with all the available pregnancy books on offer. The one (or at a push two!) male related titles were written more from a comedic viewpoint such as ‘From Lad to Dad’.

My decision to go ahead and set up was further reinforced whilst attending the scans at our obstetrician’s office. You see, although the mums-to-be were chatting freely together exchanging tips and recommending various prenatal products, the dads looked very out of place, and if I must be honest, a little lost!

As the site began to develop I discovered that what was needed was more than information  just for the dad-to-be, so the site set-up was extended to include information on fatherhood, men’s health issues, money & legal advice and general areas of male interest including car and travel, grooming, sport, gadgets and entertainment. What is also of great significance on the site is a forum where dads and dads-to-be can talk about a range of issues from childbirth to everyday dad life. is designed in the style of a modern men’s magazine with articles updated regularly, with all previous articles available through the site’s archive.

Visitors can subscribe to newsletters and take part in online polls. I am delighted to have onboard a host of writers whose contribution is based not only on their professional experience but also on their practical experience as dads & dads-to-be. This includes the popular RTE Clinical Psychologist David Coleman (“Teens in the Wild”) and John Lowe – ‘The Money Doctor’, known for his bestselling books on personal finance. Padraig Murphy, formally of the RTE programme ‘Health Squad’, John McHale –  Sports Editor with Cork’s Evening Echo newspaper, Brian Byrne – Managing Editor of ‘Irish Car + Travel’. Journalist and author of the dad-to-be diary -‘That’s My Baby!’, Pól Ó Conghaile, men’s health correspondent – Dr. Tony Foley, GP, and Dr. John Waterstone – Medical Director and Co-Founder of Cork Fertility Centre. 

Thanks David. Wishing you lots of success with the site.

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Drumming for Business

I attended the Women in Business Network Evening last Wednesday.  It’s organised by the Cork City and County Enterprise Boards and usually involves a motivational speaker but we had been told to expect something a bit different this week.  It certainly was! Dave from Team Samba was on board for the night and his mission was to turn a bunch of business women into a Samba Orchestra – in just one hour!  Brazilian Drumming was the order of the night! 

By virtue of the chair that I choose to sit in when I arrived, I found myself as the Lead Bass Drummer and that meant if I missed a beat then everyone went wrong!  That’s a lot of pressure for someone who gave up aerobics due to lack of musical co-ordination!!  Everyone in the room had an instrument of some kind and each instrumental group had to learn their own little piece as well as our combined effort!  I have to admit that I was concentrating so hard on my own drumming that for much of the time I barely noticed the rest of the beats going on around me!  And to be sure, I did make a few mistakes, missing the starting beat (just a couple of times….) which Dave was sure to point out to everyone!  But it was great fun, I don’t think there was anyone in the room who didn’t enjoy it and certainly by the end everyone was buzzing with energy and smiles!  We even managed to play our Brazilian piece to some partygoers from the room next door!  

At the beginning of the evening organiser Joanne Hession (Cork Enterprise Board) had asked the question – ‘If you had know what the evening entailed would you still have come?’  My answer is “Absolutely – but I might have just chosen my seat a bit more carefully next time !!

— Suzanne

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