I had confirmation yesterday of the awarding of another research grant, this one for €1.1 million, which is to be shared between a couple of partners. Our part concerns cross-border planning, shared services, all-island datasets and mapping/analysis tools, and training courses. The team put in a great effort to get this across the line. This November has been pretty kind to me: the ERC grant, the new grant; and signing a novel contract with Snubnose Press. And by this time next year I will no longer be director of NIRSA (or NCG). Not often one gets a million euro grant; two in one month is unlikely to ever happen again.