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Life Beyond the Lab 2


When he’s not battling with colony-picking robots, navigating the corridors with stacks of bacterial libraries or solving APC IT problems, Marc McCarthy switches off by getting down to some good old fashioned techno, on some good old reliable wax. “I have been playing records since I was about 14 years old and had residencies in a lot of the dance clubs in Cork city, along with a handful of the pirate radio stations that graced the Cork airwaves. Things are a lot more civilised now, so rather than the thrills of pirate radio, a group of us meet every Thursday night to play records. We mix our different styles of playing and music tastes, and record these sessions which are available on our website  Don’t be afraid, it’s just techno!”

When not balancing APC budgets, financial administrator Deirdre Ryan enjoys many interests. She is a keen tennis player at Sundays Well Tennis Club and is currently training for the Cork City Marathon on 6th June, in which she will take part in a relay team on behalf of the very worthy charity Bru Columbanus (, a charity that provides “home from home” accommodation for the relatives of seriously ill patients in any of the Cork Hospitals.  Deirdre also practices yoga and mindfulness regularly.

APC PhD student Ciaran O’Brien plays tabletop games in his spare time. There’s a thriving subculture across the country of people getting together to play games, from the classical board game Monopoly to the latest edition of Dungeons & Dragons. He attends annual games conventions (like Warpcon in UCC, or Itzacon in NUIG which he helped set up in 2004). “Gaming crosses all careers and agespans, so it’s a great way to meet people outside research, it’s highly social, and generally an excellent way to wind down after a long day in the lab”.