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NCH reports record attendances

World famous Chinese pianist Lang Lang performs at the NCH in February. The New York Times described him as “the hottest artist on the classical music planet” The National Concert Hall reported attendances of 342,568 for 2009, up by 5,048  on 2008,  a new record for the Earlsfort Terrace venue. Average percentage capacities for last […]

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Phantom renews Heineken deal

John Caddell hosts Heineken-sponsored Key Cuts on Phantom Phantom 105.2 has renewed its sponsorship deal with Heineken Music.  The Dutch lager brand will sponsor the evening music show Key Cuts, following a deal brokered by Mindshare, the WPP-owned media agency. Broadcast from 8pm to 10pm Monday to Thursday and presented by Phantom’s music director, John […]

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Dublin team drops sponsor's logo

The Dublin football team will line out in their blue shirts in their  first competitive game of the season against Wexford this Sunday without a logo pending the completion of its sponsorship deal with Vodafone. The mobile giant is due to replace Arnotts as the Dublin sponsor for the next six years. The deal is […]

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Hand cream in cool move

Neutrogena took advantage of the icy temperatures by running tactical ads in national press last weekend. The ad, titled ‘Rescue your hands from the Big Chill’, was a Vizeum initiative with creative by Owens DDB. The ad for Johnson & Johnson’s Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand cream shows a pair of perfect hands submerged in snow, […]

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Special K a new fit for gyms

Kellogg’s Special K has become the first brand to block book a chain of fitness gym studios around Ireland. Ambient agency Visualise announced the cereal targeted primarily at diet-conscious women as the first brand to sign up to the latest in-gym advertising tool – namely studio sponsorship. For four weeks the aerobics studios in 30 […]

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Coke plug in The Road leads to divide

The manner in which the Coca-Cola scene from Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel The Road is portrayed in John Hillcoat’s new movie of the same name has caused a rift between ‘purists’, who claim the plug is overly-commercial and not in keeping with the story’s integrity and others who see it as a valuable free ad […]

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PR firm to spread good news

Jack Murray of Mediaexpress.ie aims to try and lift some of the doom and gloom Mediaexpress.ie has announced a new initiative called ‘Good News Friday’ to take place two weeks from today. On January 22nd, Mediaexpress.ie will distribute all news releases for free. There is just one caveat: all the releases must be about something […]

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New sponsor sought for Tubridy

RTE Radio 1 is on the lookout for a new sponsor for The Tubridy Show to replace Benecol. The fee being sought is €265,000 for a year or €150,000 for six months. The show averages 352,000 listeners and the advertiser gets 15 ten-second stings plus five credited promos on other RTE radio shows. The sponsor […]

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Metro Herald hits Dublin streets

Metro Herald launches today as Dublin’s free weekday newspaper following the merger of Metro and Herald AM. The new title sees three partners – Associated Newspapers, The Irish Times and Independent News & Media – jointly investing in an Irish newspaper for the first time. Each investor owns a one third stake in the holding […]

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Chemistry wins Mad Men stings

Chemistry has been awarded the free broadcast sponsorship of series three of Matt Weiner’s Emmy award-winning Mad Men drama which starts on RTE next Monday. Gerry McGuinness, sponsorship manager, RTE, said the competition was well received by the industry. The idea of the stings giveaway was to stimulate local production and raise awareness of RTE sponsorships. […]

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Brendan O'Connor hosts new chat show

Sunday Independent columnist Brendan O’Connor is to present a new Saturday night chat show on RTE One called The Saturday Night Show as part of 11 new programmes announced by the national broadcaster. Barry Murphy will host a new satirical show called That’s All We Have Time For on Thursday nights. Murphy, who is part […]

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Odds favour McDonald's placements

As speculation mounts that the UK government are close to lifting the ban on product placement in commercial TV shows top bookie Paddy Power are taking bets on which fast food, soft drinks and alcohol brands will be first to make an appearance in a leading British soap opera. Paddy Power has made McDonald’s the […]

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AAI looks ahead with Love

The Association of Advertisers in Ireland (AAI) is to host a breakfast seminar on the topic of ‘2010, what’s ahead’ with Sarah Love of Goosebump sales promotion and Una Fitzgibbon of Bord Bia. The discussion will be based on trend studies and a facilitator will pose questions to the speakers. The Nuts & Bolts seminar […]

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