"Set 'em to cool, Edwin, set 'em to cool," the old man besought, in the midst of his grief, making no attempt to wipe away the tears that still flowed from his eyes. "And cool a crab, Edwin, too. You know your grandsire likes crabs." From the coals arose a great sizzling, which proceeded from the many mussels bursting open their shells and exuding their moisture. They were large shellfish, running from three to six inches in length. The boys raked them out with sticks and placed them on a large piece of driftwood to cool. "When I was a boy, we did not laugh at our elders; we respected them."
The boys took no notice, and Granser continued to babble an incoherent flow of complaint and censure. But this time he was more careful, and did not burn his mouth. All began to eat, using nothing but their hands and making loud mouth-noises and lip-smackings. The third boy, who was called Hare-Lip, slyly deposited a pinch of sand on a mussel the ancient was carrying to his mouth; and when the grit of it bit into the old fellow's mucous membrane and gums, the laughter was again uproarious. He was unaware that a joke had been played on him, and spluttered and spat until Edwin, relenting, gave him a gourd of fresh water with which to wash out his mouth. "Where's them crabs, Hoo-Hoo?" Edwin demanded. "Granser's set upon having a snack." Again Granser's eyes burned with greediness as a large crab was handed to him. It was a shell with legs and all complete, but the meat had long since departed. With shaky fingers and babblings of anticipation, the old man broke off a leg and found it filled with emptiness. "The crabs, Hoo-Hoo?" he wailed. "The crabs?" "I was fooling Granser. They ain't no crabs! I never found one." The boys were overwhelmed with delight at sight of the tears of senile disappointment that dribbled down the old man's cheeks. Then, unnoticed, Hoo-Hoo replaced the empty shell with a fresh-cooked crab. Already dismembered, from the cracked legs the white meat sent forth a small cloud of savory steam. This attracted the old man's nostrils, and he looked down in amazement. The change of his mood to one of joy was immediate. He snuffled and muttered and mumbled, making almost a croon of delight, as he began to eat. Of this the boys took little notice, for it was an accustomed spectacle. Nor did they notice his occasional exclamations and utterances of phrases which meant nothing to them, as, for instance, when he smacked his lips and champed his gums while muttering: "Mayonnaise! Just think—mayonnaise! And it's sixty years since the last was ever made! Two generations and never a smell of it! Why, in those days it was served in every restaurant with crab." When he could eat no more, the old man sighed, wiped his hands on his naked legs, and gazed out over the sea. With the content of a full stomach, he waxed reminiscent. "To think of it!
National title crowns transformational year for Ennis-based global recruiter The best and brightest Irish recruitment companies gathered in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel on Friday night for the annual National Recruitment Federation (NRF) Awards. TTM Healthcare (TTM) was named as Ireland’s Healthcare Recruitment Agency of the Year at the glittering ceremony, marking the third time the Co Clare company has taken the prestigious national title in the last four years. Ireland’s premier specialist healthcare recruiter Placing more nurses in permanent roles across Ireland each month than any other recruitment company, TTM Healthcare is also the largest recruiter of disability nurses nationwide, the primary supplier of social care staff to Ireland’s not-for-profit sector, an exclusive supplier of Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare Assistants to the HSE and a preferred supplier to all major private hospitals. TTM is the principal recruitment partner of the HSC, Northern Ireland’s public health service and an awarded Framework supplier to the NHS. The TTM Healthcare story Founded by Brian Crowley in Ennis in 2002, TTM now has offices in Ennis, Dublin, Cork and the UK. TTM Healthcare Group’s two primary business arms, TTM Healthcare recruitment and Resilience Care complex care services, deliver end to end support to the public and private health systems of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Middle East. The TTM Team TTM CEO, Brian Crowley credits the team with the group’s enormous recent success, “TTM is run by an amazing group of people who are working hard to guarantee the care, quality and safety of our services. Awards like this are a wonderful recognition of what we have achieved, and what we can offer, but, at the end of the day, our duty of care to our patients, service users, employees and clients is our number one priority and always will be.” National and international success The NRF Awards come towards the close of what has been a transformational year for the TTM Group. Just four years after the company opened its first London office, the Recruiter Awards named TTM as the UK Public Sector Agency of the Year and Professional Services Agency of the Year 2016– the highest accolade in UK recruitment. TTM was also named in the Irish Times ‘Top 1,000’ Companies for the first time this year, the only privately owned Irish recruitment agency to make the list. Local employment Perhaps most significantly, 2016 began with the announcement of a multimillion euro investment by Irish private equity firm Broadlake which will help TTM to create 500 local jobs over the next five years. This follows on from a previous announcement of 100 new jobs in 2014 with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny; all part of the company’s commitment to supporting the Irish economy. Discover the possibilities To find out what TTM Healthcare’s award winning services could do for you, your healthcare career or your recruitment strategy, please get in touch. You can call us on 065 686 9300, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit online at ttmhealthcare.ie
From humble beginnings A “Start Your Own Business” course and some funding from the former Clare County Enterprise Board were the bricks that laid the foundations of TTM Healthcare, a company that now employs 1,500 healthcare professionals and has an expected turnover of €70 million for 2016. This was the tale of expansion and growth recounted by Barry Pactor, Group Managing Director, when he attended the launch of the FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards on Friday last, 17th June. Clare roots Established in 2002 by company CEO Brian Crowley, a very proud Clare native, TTM Healthcare (TTM) now operates across Ireland, the UK and Middle East. The company’s international headquarters are still based in Ennis, as are many of its 130 strong team of recruitment and support staff. Local collaboration and support Recognising the support that TTM received in its early days, Mr Pactor went on to say that the company would welcome the opportunity to share its experience and collaborate with other businesses in the region in looking at new opportunities. FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards 2016 Paying tribute to the previous entrants, finalists and winners, Pat Breen, T.D. Minister for Employment and Small Business, officially launched the FBD Clare Business Excellence Awards 2016 at the event which was held in the Temple Gate Hotel. TTM Healthcare is a former winner at the awards, having taken the title in the ‘Best Place to Work’ and ‘Best Professional Services’ categories in 2013 and 2014. The prize for this year’s overall winner is worth an impressive €10,000 including a web design and development package and a whole suite of business services. More details on the awards, including how to enter, can be found online here. Join TTM in Ennis To find out more about career opportunities with TTM please visit us online here, you can also contact our Ennis Office by calling 065 686 9300 or emailing email@example.com
Even more great news has come in this week for TTM Healthcare! We have been named as one of Ireland’s Top 1,000 Companies, in the newly released Irish Times Top 1,000 report. What’s more, TTM Healthcare is the only privately owned recruitment agency to have made the Top 1,000. Shoulder to Shoulder with Ireland’s Biggest The report, which is based on statutory filings by each company and collated by the journalists at the Irish Times, is seen as the definitive database of Ireland’s top companies since it was first released in 2002, and shows the total profits for the companies listed as €36 billion – up a whopping €14 billion from 2015! Innovate, Create, Invest Our delighted CEO Brian Crowley noted that “The inclusion of so many indigenous companies in this year’s report makes for positive reading, and shows how far we have come as a country after some extremely trying years. Our dedication to investment in our people, our innovative services and our localities is the key to our success. Our partnership with Irish investment firm Broadlake will see us create 500 jobs across Ireland in the next 5 years, helping promote growth in local economies and increase our service offering nationwide.” You can read the full Irish Times Top 1,000 Report here. Discover the Possibilities with one of Ireland’s Top Companies Want to find out what one of Ireland’s top companies can do for you, your healthcare career or your recruitment strategy? Get in touch! You can call us on 1890 882 066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.