As part of our MHC Intern Life series, Ciaran Moore tells us about his experience in MHC, bouldering and making the move from Donegal to study at Trinity.
What inspired you to venture on this career path?
I immediately loved studying law but had no idea about what I would do after college. When choosing my course, I had no contacts in the profession and didn’t really know what to expect. However, after attending careers talks from firms such as MHC I quickly decided on pursuing a career as a solicitor.
The trainees I spoke to were all incredibly enthusiastic about their work and proud of being a part of some of the deals you read about in papers. They focused on the positive atmosphere of the firm and the fast paced nature of the work. I quickly realised that this was the career for me, a belief that has only grown stronger as I’ve begun my internship in MHC.
Where did you study and why?
My main reason for choosing to study in Trinity was that I wanted to live in Dublin. I’m from a small town in Donegal so moving to the city was a very exciting prospect for me. The idea of having a campus in the middle of the city was attractive and getting the Luas into town from halls was a complete novelty.
I also remember being amazed by the beautiful architecture at the open day. The thought of studying in the long room and having lunch in the dining hall was a great source of inspiration during the Leaving Cert. In reality, most of my lectures are in the Arts Block which is perhaps the ugliest building in the city. Nevertheless, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in Trinity and am happy with my decision to study there.
Best thing about MHC?
The thing that’s really impressed me about MHC so far is the emphasis the business places on professional development. There’s a fantastic range of talks and presentations going on all the time as well as a constant circulation of articles on interesting subjects. I was able to attend the AI panel discussion last week and thought it was great to hear from experts about such an interesting area. Between these talks and the intern-specific briefings, I feel like I’ve learned a great deal about the business as a whole, as well as about my department specifically.
What sports/hobbies/pastimes do you enjoy?
My current obsession is bouldering. It’s essentially rock climbing on much lower walls but without ropes. I love the mix of problem solving while you read a route, combined with the athleticism of some of the moves. The adrenaline rush from getting to the top of a route is like nothing else.
There’s also a fantastic community around the hobby and I’ve made some of my best friends through bouldering. All of the centres have a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, with a core of regulars who are delighted to teach new members.
The sport has recently gone through a surge in popularity and has even been added to the Olympics. With all the new centres opening up in the city, as well as the many outdoor bouldering locations in Ireland, I’m going to be kept busy all summer.
“If you can fill the unforgiving minute/
With sixty seconds worth of distance run…”
What's your idea of a perfect holiday/favourite place you've ever visited?
My ideal holiday is spending some time in my grandmother’s house in Donegal. It’s this tiny cottage about 100m from the sea, with no Wi-Fi or phone signal. My family have a tradition of gathering there for a week in summer and I look forward to it every year. Between going on walks with the dogs, swimming in the sea and catching up with family, I couldn’t ask for a more relaxing holiday.