Paddington 2 – Movie Review

I saw the first Paddington movie and I really enjoyed it. With Paddington 2 I actually enjoyed it even more than the first movie. Normally sequels can be a bit of a letdown, often the 2nd film is just to capitalise on the first movie. This time round, I think Paddington 2 bucks the trend and is a wonderfully written and presented movie.

Master of Photography on Sky Arts

For the past two years on Sky Arts the Master of Photography series has run in association Leica cameras. Last year there was an Irish interest in the series with Molly Keane involved. It is a very good show if you are interested in photography. I decided...

Disposable coffee cups, should they be banned or taxed ?

Over the past few weeks there has been increased conversation on disposable coffee cups. Every day around the world, millions of disposable coffee cups are thrown into landfill. This is not sustainable. The Irish government has started a bill to address...

Thor Ragnarok – Movie Review of Thor Ragnarok

Having seen the last Thor movie I wasn't sure what to expect from Thor Ragnarok. The reviews were all positive and I went in hoping that Thor Ragnarok would be as good as the hype. Starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor, this instance is much more humourous and...

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Cat The Play takes to the West End in London

Cat The Play takes to the West End in London

CAT the Play has hit London's West End. This is a shop not to be missed. This show is written by a good friend of mine and well known Waterford actor Jamie Beamish along with Richard Hardwick. I saw this show on it's last visit to Waterford and it is a hilarious show...

Littlewoods Ireland Christmas Commercial

Littlewoods Ireland Christmas Commercial

Normally, the first Christmas commercial I see comes with a cry of 'No, its far too early for this'. But this year, the first Christmas commercial I saw was for Littlewoods Ireland and I actually liked it. Now, part of the reason why I liked it was because they used...

Cigarette Butts are Irelands Biggest Litter Problem

Cigarette Butts are Irelands Biggest Litter Problem

In a recent survey of litter in Ireland, it was found that Irelands cities and towns are now cleaner than they have been for many years - thanks to better awareness from the public, more bins and a huge effort from city and town councils. However, some pedestrians and...

Results of the latest #ShanesDailyPoll

Results of the latest #ShanesDailyPoll

I have being running #ShanesDailyPoll on my @mrshanemcdonald Twitter account for the past week. This is a daily poll with a different question each day and here are a selection of the results. If you want to see all the polls follow @mrshanemcdonald or click here....

Travel & Lifestyle

The Master of All Polls

The Master of All Polls

I've decided to run some online polls, indeed a series of questions below, with interesting questions. The results will be posted later in the year. The poll will be open for a few months so please feel free to share your views. It covers everything from topics in the...

Top things to do in Stockholm, Sweden

Top things to do in Stockholm, Sweden

Things to do in Stockholm, Sweden I visited Stockholm in October 2016, it was my first time there and there are some highlights you should not miss. Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is part of a Baltic archipelago which has about 24,000 islands. Stockholm itself only...

The Oscars – My Oscar Picks for the 2017 Oscars

The Oscars – My Oscar Picks for the 2017 Oscars

I have seen many of the movies which are nominated for Oscars. So I decided to put together a list of the nominated movies which I think will win in the 2017 Oscars. I have outlined the films I think will win at the Oscars in Red and the ones I would like to see win...

Technology

Twitter Verification for All

Twitter Verification for All

Twitter have announced that there is now an online application process in order to get your Twitter account set as a verified status. Verified accounts on Twitter allow people to identify important individuals and organisation ensuring that the followers know that...

Reviews

Paddington 2 – Movie Review

Paddington 2 – Movie Review

I saw the first Paddington movie and I really enjoyed it. With Paddington 2 I actually enjoyed it even more than the first movie. Normally sequels can be a bit of a letdown, often the 2nd film is just to capitalise on the first movie. This time round, I think Paddington 2 bucks the trend and is a wonderfully written and presented movie.

American Made – Movie Review

American Made – Movie Review

American Made starts way back in 1978. Barry Seal, played by Tom Cruise, a is a young and very bored TWA pilot. Barry plays fast and loose with his job as a pilot – something we have seen Tom Cruise do before in other movies.

Beauty and the Beast – Movie Review

Beauty and the Beast – Movie Review

Beauty and the Beast, the 2017 live action remake of the 1991 animated classic of the same name. Directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as the egotistical and quite funny Gaston, and Josh Gad as LeFou this is a...

Loving – Movie Review

Loving – Movie Review

Loving is based on a true story of an interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving. They married in 1958 and although interracial marriage was illegal in the state of Virginia they married in Washington DC.  As they tried to make their family home in the law was...

Hunt for the Wilderpeople – DVD/Download Review

Hunt for the Wilderpeople – DVD/Download Review

Hunt for the Wilderpeople was out in the cinemas earlier in 2016 but I never made it. I was delighted to see that it was on Netflix and recently Watched it. The title of the film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, is quite unusual and comes from a section of the film where the boy is reading about Wildebeest.

Passengers – Movie Review / Film Review

Passengers – Movie Review / Film Review

Jim Preston is one of 5,000 passengers on board the spaceship, Starship Avalon. The ship is on a 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet "Homestead 2". After a malfunction in Jim Preston's hibernation pod, Jim (played by Chris Pratt) is the only one awake. Now he...

I am Shane McDonald, an experienced digital marketer with over 20 years experience in programming, online marketing and online technologies

My expertise is in PPC, online display advertising, e-mail marketing, SEO and social media marketing

My Background

My background is actually in C programming, and I worked for a few years in the mobile telecoms sector in Dublin. I took a year out to work for Sensis in Sydney, Australia, finally I moved into the area of web development. I ran my own web development and online marketing company for over 5 years before moving to my current role in digital marketing.

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My Qualifications

My main qualifications are B.Sc in Commercial Software Development from Waterford Institute of Technology, as well as a Masters in Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I recently completed a Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing with the Digital Marketing Institute, as my current role is in area of e-commerce, digital marketing, and social media marketing.

My Interests

I enjoy photography & over the past few years have developed my skills in that area. I mainly shoot landscape but I also enjoy food, travel & event photography. I also enjoy music & in 2015 played on 2 stages at the Glastonbury festival and more recently I played 4 nights at Garter Lane Waterford for the Tramore M.S. production of ‘Rock of Ages’.

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Social Media

I’m active on social media and due to the background in photography I have a recent fondness for the Instagram platform as well as sites like 500px and Flickr. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn … connect with me below. I tweet daily but not too much, normally 7-13 tweets per day – I look forward to connecting !

Drop Me a Line

If you wish to contact me, my email is simply webmaster @ ShaneMcDonald.ie – also don’t forget to connect on social media if you wish via @mrshanemcdonald on Twitter, @shanemcdonald on Instagram and my photography channels which are @shanesphoto on both Twitter and Instagram.