Day in the life

Barry Kennedy of the Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research talks to Vincent Ryan about his day


Depending on where I am going on any particular day, I get up between 6.30am and 7.30am. Most weeks my time is split between travelling to meetings in our Cork office or our offices based in Leixlip. If I am in Leixlip or Dublin I usually try and do the school run and am in the office by 9am. While having a quick breakfast I glance through my email/calendar on my latest cool gadget, the Intel Android Phone.

I have a varied and stimulating job role. I am currently on secondment from Intel to manage two industrially led cross-sector research centres, the Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research (ICMR) and the Innovation for Irelands Energy Research Centre (I2E2) for which I work two days a week in each and one day on Intel business.

My role is to ensure that the centres run operationally flawlessly, build a vibrant membership model, safeguard the financial health of the centres and finally guarantee the centres deliver significant productivity and energy efficiency improvements for companies in Ireland, while also delivering opportunities for new products, and assisting new companies to form.

When in the Leixlip office, I will spend the first hour responding to email and planning the day, then move in to meetings. These take the form of daily meetings, to review any hot topics, where issues can be raised and resolved and new directions set or strategic planning sessions on research roadmaps.


My recent daily focus has been on our first ’technology expo’ event from the centres. We are now into our first 18 months of full time operation and we intend to showcase three initiatives, which we hope to bring to market.

A big part of my role is building a strong network, so I spend a lot of time meeting member companies and government agencies.

Usually I take either a working lunch, wading through emails, making calls or doing paperwork.

Afternoons tend to be used for meetings with individual research personnel.

Mid-afternoon I generally get a coffee and try to carve out time for preparation for talks, papers or preparation for important meetings the following day. Then there are teleconference calls to the US.


I try to get home by 6.30pm for dinner, quickly followed by dropping off and picking up three active children from various sporting, theatrical/musical and school events. Post this I may help with their homework, bedtime preparation, and lunches for the following day.

Finally during the week, I watch the 9 o’clock news and typically I log online again around 10pm and head to bed around midnight.

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