EVEN those who are not particularly fond of the food served in Supermacs can learn something from Ireland's largest indigenous fast food joint.
Back in the fag end of 1999, founder Pat McDonagh distinguished himself from the herd of whining business owners who were complaining about high wage demands from employees forced to work New Year's Eve by closing down his restaurants and telling the media that he doubted that his employees would want to tell their grandchildren that they were flipping burgers as the new millennium began.
Galway's McDonagh has always thought a bit differently to his rivals, and he showed that ability again last week when he revealed that Supermacs may open stores in Australia to meet demand from expats. There is a lot of chatter about the diaspora but very little action.
Not many Irish companies can exploit the remarkable network of Irish people around the globe; Mr McDonagh has shown again that he is a true original if he finds a way of selling curried chips in Sydney and Perth.
He has also shown the rest of us that emigration presents opportunities as well as heartbreak.