We’re just back home after a whirlwind weekend in London! On Friday, myself, Brian, and our three kids packed our bags and made the quick but exciting trip to London.

As the founder of Emu Ink my life revolves around books, but this weekend was all about blending our love for publishing with our passion for family and sports.

Our agenda was packed with excitement from the get-go. First up, we had the incredible opportunity to interview a GAA club in High Barnet. Being Irish, GAA holds a special place in our hearts, and chatting with the players and coaches was like reconnecting with old friends. It has had additional significance to us since beginning Floodlight Focus, a social media series focusing on the everyday people in clubs across Ireland. The series aims to shed light on the dedication and passion of ordinary members, support staff, and fans. And last weekend, Floodlight Focus went international!

We were delighted to be asked to come to St Kiernan’s grounds to interview some young players, parents, coaches and club organisers.

After the interviews were wrapped up, we headed to Wembley Stadium to watch Coventry City v Manchester United – we are all big Man U supporters! The energy there was electric; and surrounded by fellow fans, we cheered, laughed, and soaked in every moment. It was a beautiful reminder of the power of community and the bonds that sports create. The Coventry fans were pure class.

The weekend was also made extra-special as it was our eldest daughter’s birthday, so amidst all the sports excitement, we made sure to take time to celebrate her and fit in some fun tourist activities that she loved. It was a reminder of what truly matters most in life – family.

As we headed back home, memories of the weekend filled my heart with warmth. It was more than just a weekend getaway; it was a perfect blend of everything I love – family, sports, and the incredible journey of building Emu Ink Publishing. It’s moments like these that remind me why I do what I do, and I’m grateful for every single one of them.

By Emer Cleary
Founder & CEO
Emu Ink Publishing