ArchiveAugust, 2009

Irish brands join up in food love feast

Over 30 food and drink brands long associated with having an Irish heritage are part of a marketing push to draw attention to the need to support products made in Ireland. Love Irish Food, a private body chaired by economist Jim Power of Friends First, includes household names and small, artisan producers. Brands involved in […]

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Radio unites to sound value to advertisers

In a show of unusual unity, RTE and independent radio are joining forces to push the value of radio to advertisers by launching a cross-medium, two-week ChooseRadio.ie campaign with a synchronised radio spot on 36 stations bearing the strapline “the most visual medium in the world”. An estimated 1,170,000 adults aged 15 and over are […]

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Blackness raises its head at shrunken Sharks

The Kinsale Sharks awards have adapted to the new realities of the economic climate by cutting short the festival and reducing the delegate fee from €595 to €220. In a month when Guinness celebrates 250 years, the festival trophy takes on a new black look. Award winners will go home with a “sleek, solid, bold […]

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O'Reilly denies INM examinership an option

Gavin O’Reilly, chief executive, Independent News & Media (INM), has ruled out a call made by group shareholder Denis O’Brien to appoint an examiner to INM as the group tries to sort out its debt problems after again defaulting on a €200 million bond payment. O’Reilly said examinership was “certainly a million miles away” from […]

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Website to help find Raonaid Murray's killer

The family of Raonaid Murray, the teenager who was murdered close to her home in Glenageary, Co Dublin, ten years ago have set up a website, www.raoinaid.com, dedicated to the teenager’s memory and appealing for help in finding her killer. The 17-year-old teenager was stabbed to death at Silchester Crescent in the early hours of […]

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Online use requires new protections for holidaymakers

The increase in people booking package holidays online rather than relying on a travel agent to handle matters means that new measures are needed to protect consumers, the EU consumer affairs commissioner has said on a visit to Ireland. Speaking to media, Meglena Kuneva said that current EU laws designed to protect consumers were out […]

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Harvey Norman vows to stay in Ireland

Australian electrical and furniture retailer Harvey Norman will continue to trade in Ireland despite reporting a net loss of €41.1 million in the year to June, Aidan Brady, general manager of finance and adminstration at Harvey Norman Ireland (HNI), has said. Brady said the company was committed to Ireland for the long-term. Each of its […]

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C&C confident cider sales will stabilise

After announcing a decision to adopt separate strategies for the Irish and UK markets, drinks group C&C is confident that sales of Bulmers and Magners cider will stabilise this year. John Dunsmore, chief executive, C&C, said. The drinks group pulled off a €205 million deal to buy the Irish and Scottish businesses of Anheuser-Busch InBev. […]

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Former Irish footballers sign up for The Sun

Former Republic of Ireland players David O’Leary, Tony Cascarino and Joe Kinnear have joined The Irish Sun as sports columnists. O’Leary, who spent most his playing days at Arsenal, will preview weekend games every Saturday, editor Michael McNiffe has confirmed. Tony Cascarino, who played up front for Chelsea and Millwall, will give post match analysis […]

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TV3 to explore suicide-related issues

TV3 News will broadcast a series of special reports on suicide in Ireland next week. Southern correspondent Paul Byrne spoke to people who have direct and painful experiences of losing loved ones. They talk about the surprise, anger and suffering they encountered since someone close to them took their own life and what they have […]

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Boxing reality show raises over €100,000 for charities

Charity Lord of the Rings, the reality show which pitched ten people from the world of business, sport and media in a boxing ring, raised €109,000 for various charities. Sean Gallagher, the Cavan-born boss of Smart Homes, who featured in Dragons’ Den, and TV presenter Joe O’Shea each generated €17,350 for the National Council of […]

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Sweet wrapper with coupling leaves sour taste

German sweet marketer Haribo has caused some unrest in the UK over a wrapper image for its Maoam chewy sweet brand which appears to depict pieces of fruit having sex. A letter writer to the Daily Mail complained about the “lurid” illustrations on the wrappers and said he had a “heated exchange” with his local […]

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Lisbon Yes gets Ryanair funds

Ryanair has promised to spend a total of €500,000 on media advertising and “deeply discounted seats” in support of a Yes vote, with €200,000 going on press, posters and online activity, the airline’s chief executive Michael O’Leary said at a press conference yesterday. O’Leary said that Ireland’s future success depends on being at the heart […]

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