Fáilte Isteach (Welcome):
This website is an information centre for the various services I
offer and also includes a number of areas covering topics of personal
interest to me.
A little history: I was born in Malahide, Co. Dublin, Ireland in 1951. I attended national school there, then went to Chanel College, Coolock and finally graduated from University College Dublin in 1973 with an honours B.Sc. Following a short spell as a chemist with Linson Ltd. (a subsidiary of E.R. Squibb), in 1974 I moved to Athlone, Co. Westmeath, where I still live, to work for what would become Elan Corporation plc. After twenty three years service I took early retirement (not entirely voluntarily) and now offer the skills and experience I gathered over my working life as part of my consultancy service.
Services Offered: Over a quarter of a century of working, one picks up many skills and interests. In my case these include,
Computers and Internet: I lived and worked through the PC revolution. I have always had an interest in the area and have been a computerphile for as long as I can remember. I have applied this interest specifically in the areas of small business networking (mainly for companies who need a network but lack the internal resources to develop one), website design and execution (see my links for a list of sites I have designed), education and training (basic good practices for operators), programming (I am a competant Visual Basic programmer) and a whole series of other areas (if you need assistance in any area, ask me - I may be able to help).
Quality Management: I was the first person to be granted a fellowship of the Irish Quality Association with the right to the letters F.I.Q.A. and I have also been a "qualified person" under European Union pharmaceutical legislation. Most of my working life has been involved with Quality Management and I held the post of Group Vice President, Quality Control at Elan. I also ran product development and manufacturing departments, so I have seen quality management from both sides of the fence. By the way, I am a listed inventor on several patents for products developed during my R&D days, the best known of which is probably the Nicotine transdermal patch. The concept of Quality Management has moved way beyond the pharmaceutical industry and many firms are now opting for ISO 9000 certification.
Heraldic Graphics and Research: Some people play golf, others drive fast cars. For some reason that I don't quite understand, my major hobby has become heraldry and coats of arms. It started in the 1980s when I became fascinated with combining the ancient "science" of heraldry with the modern power of the computer. I started to create computer graphics of various coats of arms and this eventually led to a website to display them. You can now purchase various products featuring my creations at www.araltas.com. You may also commission research at the same site.
Cleanroom Laundry: For the past few years I have been involved in what has become known in our house as "the family business".
The (Mc)Geoghegan Clan: My other major interest is in the family history of the (Mac)Geoghegans and you can read all about that here
If you are interested in my services under any of the above headings (except heraldry and coats of arms) please feel free to email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please do not send coats of arms requests to this email address. All such requests are handled through the Araltas site).
Music (some sequenced by me)