© John O’Brien
A warm smile, a three-cheek kiss and a warm embrace; that is what I will remember most about Daniel, it was always the greeting I got whenever I met him. The first time I can remember being in his company was the ECMC AGM in Amsterdam in 2014. I had never been to one of these meeting before, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Upon being introduced to Daniel, I was completely put at ease. He was wonderful, and genuinely excited about the development of the fetish scene in Ireland.
Once the meeting was over, I wanted to get a photo with him. He agreed, however, there was one condition! We had to get our boots in the shot. I was only too happy to oblige.
Ever since then, I have had an appreciation of Daniel’s interest in boots, some might even say obsession. So much so, that I’m sure you’ve all seen photos on social media of guys in their leathers, but not showing their boots. A comment would soon come in from Daniel, “Nice Boots”. His numerous ways of reminding us all to get our boots in our photos, and I may have cheekily commented the same on some of his photos in jest. The humour of his “Nice boots” comments has always stayed with me, and every time I see a photo of guys in their finest leathers but without showing their boots, I will always think of him. Daniel, my friend, until we meet again, I have one more thing to say.