About Aficionado

The Aficionado Story

Aficionado is a boutique software development company from Ireland.

We are a spin-out from the Insight centre for data analytics, based in University College Dublin. The founders of Aficionado have their roots in research but they now bring their research know-how and experience to bear on real world issues.

Lately, there has been a lot of noise about big data, but most of the conversations are about how to store and manage it.

At Aficionado we want to take a deeper look.

We want to aggregate and analyse. We want to find the meaning in the noise, extract signals and patterns from the data, and harness them to produce really useful applications with tangible benefits.

We achieve this by utilising the latest cutting edge research techniques and approaches. Couple the results of all this labour with an intuitive, user-friendly interface and suddenly you're making that data work for you.

Kevin McCarthy


Kevin has over 10 years of research experience in the areas of Personalisation Technologies and Recommenders Systems, producing more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and several patents.

After working on various industry partnership projects, Kevin decided to work on his own commercialisation ideas and has been developing the technologies for Aficionado over the last 2 years.

Kevin attained support for Aficionado through the Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Funding award and successfully completed the inagural Venture Launch accelerator in UCD Nova.

Sigitas "Ziggy" Monkevicius

Head of Engineering

Ziggy is Head of Engineering at Aficionado and there isn't much about software he doesn't know.

With an honours degree in Computer Science, over 5 years experience in bespoke software development for industry, and a relaxed attitude, Ziggy has a unique flair for problem solving and lightning fast prototyping. He is proficient in the areas of object oriented design, software deployment, cloud computing, web and mobile application development and database administration, to name but a few.

He sometimes even throws his hand at a bit of Javascript.

Fiachra Lennon

Head of Design

Fiachra has years of experience developing smooth, easy to use interfaces and making them look good. With a degree in Visual Communication from NCAD his approach to design comes loaded with creativity.

He lends his considerable weight to the varied fields of UI & UX, Front-End development, branding, graphic design and a particular passion for illustration.

With a history of print, he now happily lurks more often than not in the digital arena.

Barry Smyth


Barry Smyth is an experienced entrepreneur with a broad sectoral knowledge of internet technologies and deep expertise in the area of information discovery.

He has co-founded 2 companies (ChangingWorlds and HeyStaks), raised 4 rounds of VC investment totalling more than €8m and in 2008 ChangingWorlds was acquired for $60m.

He is particularly experienced in bringing IP-rich propositions to the market and his experience as a senior academic and scientist combined with his startup expertise and business acumen provides a unique perspective on the development of high-potential startups.




Belfield Innovation Park,

University College Dublin,


Dublin 4.