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Irish girls in contention to be top Spongebob fan

A 12-year-old girl from south county Dublin and a Limerick teenager are among five finalists in a competition run by the Nickelodeon children’s channel to be named the number one fan of the Spongebob Squarepants cartoon character in the UK and Ireland. Hannah Maharry gives nick.co.uk viewers a tour of her home in Dalkey and […]

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Chris de Burgh reacts angrily to concert review

An Irish Times review of Chris de Burgh’s concert last week at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin has sparked a row between the singer and arts critic Peter Crawley with the newspaper publishing a lengthy letter from de Burgh today alongside a reprint of Crawley’s original review. The review, first published last Thursday, began by […]

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Aussies give green light to Paddy's Day support

The organisers of the St Patrick’s Day parade in Sydney is on the look-out for new sponsors for Australia’s biggest parade marking Ireland’s national day of celebration. Over 35,000 visitors congregate in Sydney’s city business district (CBD) on parade day, which next year will be March 21st. Gerard Ryan, president of the St Patrick’s Day […]

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Former B&F editor to address MII breakfast

Dr Constantin Gurdgiev, the Russian-born economist and former editor of Business & Finance, is the guest speaker at the Marketing Institute breakfast at Fire Restaurant on Dawson Street next Wednesday, September 16th. The event starts at 7.45am and Gurdgiev’s topic will be the global economy and Ireland in context.

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Yates judged safe bet for Newstalk breakfast show

The move by Newstalk 106-108 FM to bring in former Fine Gael minister and Celtic Bookmakers founder Ivan Yates to co-host the station’s breakfast show alongside Claire Byrne and instead of Ger Gilroy since May of this year has been made permanent. The show goes out from 6.30am to 9am weekdays. Yates had previously deputised […]

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Adland's heyday well recalled but too few credits given

Ireland’s Mad Men, RTE One, 10.15, Tuesday, September 7th 2009. Reviewed by Michael Cullen Anyone with an inkling to follow a career in advertising must have been impressed. What with all the talk of long lunches, pints in Smyths, sex in Sachs, cannabis in boardrooms and Garda raids on a top agency for cocaine in […]

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Book publishing venture pays off for Limerick mum

A Limerick mum who launched a series of new books to help her son who has a serious development brain disorder has won a prize valued at €15,000 in 4FM’s ‘Doing it for Themselves’ nationwide competition. Avril Webster set up Off We Go Publishing as a learning tool for her son, Stephen, now aged ten, […]

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Marketers to address enterprise workshop in Tralee

Aldagh McDonogh, joint managing director, Alternatives and Carolyn Odgers, strategic director, Chemistry, will be joined by Pierette O’Shea, managing director and Richie Ryan, creative director, Greenhouse, at an Endeavour conference on enterprise in November. Speaking on marketing and branding case studies, they will join a line-up of experts and mentors in various business disciplines, including […]

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Michelin Man rolled out again after two decades

Michelin, the world’s top tyre maker, has reintroduced its famous Michelin Man, aka Bibendum, to Ireland in a new campaign. One of the most widely-recognised marketing icons, Michelin Man is appearing in national press, outdoor and online ads for the first time in 20 years. Despite being the only tyre maker on the island, consumer […]

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Over one million watch Tubridy's Late Late debut

A peak audience of 1.089 million viewers tuned in to see Ryan Tubridy present his first Late Late Show on Friday night, Nielsen Media Research figures indicate. The show was watched by an average audience of 927,000 viewers, which is a 62.3 per cent share of all TV viewing during the entire show. Joe Dalton […]

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O'Brien claims London titles costing INM €285 million

Businessman and media owner Denis O’Brien has fired another salvo in the latest battle for control of INM by accusing his fellow board members of allowing the Independent titles in the UK of drumming up costs of €285 million since the newspapers were first acquired in the mid-1990s. O’Brien, who owns a 26 per cent […]

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Ryanair makes bags price rises of note

Ryanair has compounded its image as a no-frills airline by announcing a 50 per cent increase in the cost of checking in a bag and a 250 per cent hike in its charge for putting a second bag in the plane’s baggage hold from the start of next month. Passengers checking in one bag online […]

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FitzGerald labels Coir posters 'noxious propaganda'

The anti-abortion group Coir has been accused of spreading “noxious propaganda” though its posters by former Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Garret FitzGerald in his Saturday column in The Irish Times. FitzGerald said that Coir was seeking to abuse the memory of three of Ireland’s 1916 leaders, Thomas Clarke, Padraic Pearse and James Connolly, by […]

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