Myles and Vera up to date with Skype
KILLARNEY parents Myles and Vera Parkinson have been given a crash course in Skype and Facetime so they can keep in close contact with their son who has become an industry leader on the other side of the world.
Michael John Parkinson (pictured) graduated with an Executive MBA degree from NUI Galway and has moved to the Philippines with his wife Nuala and daughters Eabha (7), Abie (5) and Sarah (1).
One of Ireland's new breed of engineering managers, Michael John is Operations Manager for Transition Optical Philippines Incorporated where he is in charge of an extensive workforce.
Posted on a three-year contract, he previously worked in Transitions in Tuam for 12 years but his industry experience predates that.
Resident in Killarney, Myles and Vera are originally from Tahilla and Direendarragh, Blackwater, respectively and the family was reunited at Christmas while Michael John and his young family plan to be back over the summer too. In between, the iPad is put to good use for video calls.
"It's an exciting time for him as he is busy hosting clients from around the world in his new role so there are plenty of stories when we talk on the iPad," Vera says, adding that her son was also hugely impressed by the resilience shown by the Filipinos following the November typhoon.
Originally an engineering graduate, Michael John now focuses on managerial activities thanks to successive promotions but, despite the job change, Vera says engineering remains her son's first love.
"It's something he developed at an early age as he had an uncle Michael who was a chief engineer in the Port of St Louis in Mauritius and another uncle, John, who was also an engineer and even sealed major contracts in Libya.