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December 21, 2016 Christmas Wish List
DHR’s Christmas Wish List

The DHR Communications team share their Christmas Wish List, including our favourite moments from 2016 and our hopes for 2017!


My plans for Christmas include family and fresh air, followed by a week in the winter sun at Essaouira, Morocco.

My favourite moment of 2016 was when my phone lost coverage for 48 hours in the depths of the Bolivian Amazon.  It followed a few gruelling days in La Paz.  It gave me time to think about the work we do and why we do it.  And that completely switching off can be a great tonic.

My biggest hope for 2017 is that love will trump hate, especially come late-January.


Instead of my usual trip back to Donegal, I will be spending Christmas in Dublin this year. I am looking forward to the annual Christmas Eve walk around Howth Head with 30 or so family and friends, followed by lunch in The Bloody Stream. I am also, of course, really looking forward to Christmas dinner. I have to make my own nut roast this year so I just hope that it can live up to my Mammy’s version (it won’t)! After a few days of doing not very much at all, I will be heading to Galway to ring in the new year with my family.

One of my favourite memories of this year has to be the Euros. I went to one match and watched the others in various places around the Basque region. Watching Robbie Brady score that goal in a bar in San Sebastian (and seeing the bemused faces of the locals watching us) is definitely a stand-out moment.

My biggest hope for 2017 is that is better than 2016! Although personally I have had a great year, I think that we can all agree that globally, 2016 has been a bit of a glitch.


Like every year, I’ll be heading home to Germany for Christmas to catch up with family and friends and to spend some full-bellied afternoons snoozing on the sofa. I’ll also be heading away on a South African adventure and look forward to lazing in the sun and reading all the books that have fallen by the wayside over the last few months!

2016 was a bumper year and full of great moments. It was a special privilege to work on the official opening of Seamus Heaney HomePlace, a new arts and literary centre that marks the life and work of the Nobel Laureate and one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers. Other favourite moments were crossing the finish line of my first half marathon in beautiful Dingle, and taking to the air with a paraglider in the Austrian Alps – an amazing experience!

I hope that 2017 will be healthy, happy, exciting and full of adventure as 2016.


This Christmas, I’m looking forward to spending time with loved ones, lots of reading (on my Santa list: Zadie Smith and Eimear McBride’s latest novels) and movies (re-watching oldies: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘Singin’ in the Rain’). There might also be a few brisk walks to blow off the cobwebs, just to help counteract some of the over-indulgences!

One of my favourite moments of 2016 was bringing together a group of inspiring leaders and women’s rights activists and hosting a dinner for the incredible Gloria Steinem and Abigail Disney in Kinsale.

My biggest hope for 2017 is the same as last year – repeal of the eighth amendment.


I’m planning to spend the festive break catching up with family and friends; baking; watching football and reading any books that I’m lucky enough to receive.

My favourite work moments of 2016 revolve around our CSR programme here in DHR. I really enjoyed working with The Complex on the PR for the ground-breaking theatrical piece ‘Reassembled, Slightly Askew’, that ran as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. I also enjoyed using my volunteer hours to work with Foróige on a citizenship project helping the homeless in Dublin.

I’m hoping that 2017 is a positive and peaceful year the world. I’m looking forward to a few mini European adventures and more exploring of Ireland too!


I’ll be heading home to Cork for the Christmas to catch up with my family and friends. I’m really looking forward to watching my favourite TV shows and catching up on so many books I’ve been meaning to read.

2016 was a very busy year, two of my favourite moments have to be starting working with DHR Communications last summer and completing my personal challenge of running my first marathon in Dublin last October.

I hope 2017 is full of lots of adventures and I also hope that it brings continued health and happiness.


I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and catching up with friends over Christmas; long walks by the sea, sitting by a roaring open fire getting lost in a few good books, and having a look at a movie or two. I also plan on reading the latest Zadie Smith book, so maybe and Sarah and I will start the DHR book club in the new year.

I hope for a 2017 that is globally less turbulent and, personally, for a happy and healthy year ahead.


I’m looking forward to spending Christmas at home this year catching up with family and friends. It’s always a great opportunity to unwind and take a bit of time out, once all the presents are bought and wrapped of course. I might even indulge in a mince pie or two along the way…

It has been a fantastic year and, looking back on it, there have been many highlights from a work and personal point of view. One of the main highlights for me was travelling around south west France in September.

I’m looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store and I hope to travel a little bit more throughout the year.

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