Meet James

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I’ve been living in Tallaght since 1997, initially in Old Bawn and I’m currently living in Jobstown. After school I was in college for a year studying advertising and graphic design, and then I got a job in retail. To be honest I wished I didn’t, I wished I’d stayed in college. It was a one year course and I wanted to get into that field but unfortunately at the time there were no opportunities in it so I ended up spending four years in retail.

Back then I didn’t mind but now I kind of regret not staying in college. So kids stay in school, don’t believe the hype! It’s what you do with education, you may have loads of qualifications but if you’re not doing what you want to do I think it’s a waste of time. You don’t really need a degree though once you know what you want to do!

Tallaght has changed a bit since ’97, there’s a lot more different cultures living here now compared to almost 20 years ago, it’s more multicultural which is a good thing.

Things are moving the right way. The perception people have about Tallaght annoys me, it’s so exaggerated, it doesn’t deserve some of the negativity it gets from the media. Like anywhere there’s good and bad but it’s a good place to live with a great community spirit. At the moment I’m happy living here. I’ve been working in insurance for the last eight years. Five years ago I got involved in fundraising because I want to look back on life one day and know that I have tried to make a difference in someone’s life, I’m not sure if it’s possible but it doesn’t mean I can’t try.

In the last few years we’ve raised over €80,000, it’s good fun hard work, if that’s the right word, and I really enjoy doing it. We try to spread the love by choosing different charities. I’ve worked with DEBRA Ireland, Citywise Education, Laura Lynn and Alzheimers Ireland and currently I’m working on something for the Autism Scope in Tallaght.

We are having an Easter Egg hunt at the end of the month and then a boxing event on the June Bank Holiday. I’ve also started doing my own corporate events under the name Peacock Events since last summer. I just thought I’d give it a shot. I created games from The Cube TV show and what I do is run them as a team building exercise with companies. I’ve done a few so far and they’ve gone well. In the long term doing events is what I want to do but I’m still going to keep doing the charity work because I enjoy doing it.

I don’t see myself working in insurance for ever. At the moment I’m working on a video to raise awareness about suicide. The title of the video is “Don’t be afraid to talk” and it deals with the effect suicide has on family members left behind. Suicide is one of those subjects nobody wants to talk about and it’s an issue that really needs to be addressed. Unless people talk about it nothing will change.”