The UX Community is a tightly knot one. For a UX Professional, it can help your career greatly to network with your peers.
Have you seen the UXPA’s User Experience Magazine? – http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/uxmagazine/
Its great, although I would like to see more content there. One article; http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/uxmagazine/care-about-your-ux-career/ discusses how networking, whether it be via online or face to face, can help your career. It explores how widening your own network can bring more job opportunities, and offer you additional support from Industry peers.
Why not attend UXPA’s latest event, entitled; “My Favourite UX Tool” which will be held in Engine Yard’s offices on Barrow street.
See http://uxpaireland.org/ or http://myfavouriteuxtool-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=1 for details. You will have to move quickly though, its close to being sold out…