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I was on the way to meet up with Mark Kavanagh, the winner of our Bank of Ireland Sponsor For A Day competition to join us at the Leinster v Castres match on Saturday 17th January. My navigator – Google Maps – led the way as I was travelling to Bellewstown, about 47 km north of Dublin, a corner of County Meath I’d never visited before.

“At the next crossroads, continue straight for 2.6km, you will reach your destination,” was the last words I needed as the Bellewstown racecourse appeared when I crested the hill and turned right at the aptly titled Hill Bar. Located on the Hill of Crockafotha, Bellewstown racecourse is famed for it’s views of the Mountains of Mourne to the north and the Irish Sea to the east but the misty rain unfortunately put paid to that.

Mark Kavanagh, Rockview Stables

I then made my way to Mark’s stables to congratulate him on his win and to take some pictures for the Big Red Cloud blog and our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter social media channels. Mark is the owner and manager of Rockview Stables, a busy racehorse training facility for thoroughbreds.

With a healthy consignment of horses in training, Mark and his team are kept busy throughout all twelve-months of the year. I arrived in his yard at the end of a typically busy morning: the horses were being cleaned and washed after their daily workout on the all-weather gallops, in another section, some yearlings were undergoing basic ground work, and down on the gallop itself, one yearling was undergoing a comprehensive health check.

Rockview Gallops

Never missing the opportunity to garner customer feedback I asked Mark why he choose Big Red Cloud. “Simplicity and easy of use plus it’s all in the cloud,” Mark replied. He also added ” I’ve enough on my plate running Rockview so having no hardware or storage issues to concern me is another big plus.”

We look forward to welcoming Mark to the RDS Arena as part of our BOI Sponsor for a Day celebrations on January 17th for what promises to be a memorable occasion.


Marc O'Dwyer

After completing a Graduate program in Marketing, Marc’s impressive sales career began at Allied Irish Banks, Pitney Bowes and Panasonic where he received numerous Irish and European sales performance awards and consistently exceeded targets and expectations. In 1992, Marc’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to set up his own business, Irish International Sales (IIS). Initially, this company was a reseller for Take 5 Accounts and Payroll software. Within four years, IIS became the largest reseller of Take 5 in Ireland, acquiring four other Take 5 resellers. He also found time to set up two mobile phone shops under the Cellular World brand and a web design company offering website design services for small businesses. In 2001, he bought the majority share in a small Irish software business, Big Red Book. At that time, the company was losing money. The company became profitable within two months, and Marc then acquired a payroll company to compliment Big Red Books Accounting products. In 2003, IIS were appointed as Channel Partners with SAP for their new SME product, SAP Business One. Marc sold his Take 5 business and concentrated on developing this new market for SAP As a result, by 2007, IIS was recognised as the largest Channel Partner for SAP in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa). In 2008, the IIS Sales Manager bought the Company from Marc in an MBO. He launched Big red cloud in June 2012, the online version of big red book, to date the company successfully converts 59% of trials into sales and the number of customers is growing rapidly. Marc continues to run both Big Red Book and Big Red Cloud which now support 75,000 businesses. He is a very keen sportsman, having played rugby for 20 years, represented Leinster at under 16 and under 20 levels, and league squash with Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club for 10 years. Marc has competed in 11 Marathons, including the London and Boston Marathons, and has completed several Triathlons and Half Ironman races. He has also completed six Ironman Races in Austria(x2), Frankfurt (Germany), Nice (France) , Mallorca (Spain) and Copenhagen (Denmark)

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