Eircom Junior Spider Awards 2015 deadline approaching

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The deadline for the 2015 Eircom Junior Spider Awards is approaching and primary and post primary schools across Ireland have just a matter of weeks to submit their projects. The awards, established to highlight how the students embrace the internet, also mark the innovative ways it is used both in school and in their daily lives. Similar to previous years, they are divided into three main categories: the Mega Spiders aimed at primary level; and the Giga and Tera Spiders, which are aimed at post primary level. The Giga Spiders are open to first-year to third-year students and the Tera Spiders are open to fourth-year to sixth-year students. For the…

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New public art installation entitled ‘Dublin Ships’ unveiled

Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of Dublin Port Company and artist Cliona Harmey

The Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality and Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has officially opened a new public art installation entitled ‘Dublin Ships’. Commissioned by Dublin City Council and supported by Dublin Port Company, the installation was unveiled at the Scherzer Bridges beside The Convention Centre Dublin on North Wall Quay, where the city of Dublin, the docklands and port meet. Created by the artist Cliona Harmey, this new piece of public artwork brings to life the movements of ships entering and leaving Dublin Port daily, creating a digital log of the port’s activities in full view of the city. The artwork is…

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Americans to read feature about Kerry written by Andrew McCarthy in National Geographic Traveler

Cover of the latest edition of National Geographic Travel magazine

A travel magazine showcasing Kerry and Ireland hit the newsstands across the US this month, profiling holidays to millions of American travellers – and potential holidaymakers for the island of Ireland. The February/March edition of National Geographic Traveler, one of the world’s most widely read travel publications, with more than nine million readers, features a spectacular cover shot of Ross Castle in Killarney and the headline ‘Return to Ireland – A Journey Home’. Inside the magazine, there is 11 pages dedicated to Kerry, with some stunning photographs and great suggestions for American travellers – encouraging them to discover the ‘lyrical hills of Co Kerry’. The author of the article is…

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TV3’s Red Rock still on a roll with viewers

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Red Rock performed exceptionally well for its second broadcast, beating long running soap Emmerdale, according to TV3. An average of 302,900 viewers watched the half-hour show on TV3 commanding a 17.5pc share of the available audience. The broadcast posted a 28.45pc share for adults 15–24 and a 24.54pc share for women ABC1. To date, Red Rock has reached a total of 711,400 viewers (includes TV3 +1 broadcasts). Last night saw the arrival of well-known actress Denise McCormack who plays the part of Kiely matriarch Bridget. And some of the soaps classic lines proved a big hit with viewers as #RedRock once again trended on Twitter. Patricia Hennessy’s cutting line “no…

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Dublin City Council Launches City Arts Plan and Kick Starts European City of Culture 2020 Bid – Squarespace

Dublin City Council launches City Arts Plan and kick starts European City of Culture 2020 bid

Dublin City Council’s City Arts Plan 2014–2018 has been launched. Note: It was also reported that SquareSpace with base EMEA Headquarters directly in Dublin which will result in the creation of 100 full-time, well-paying jobs. Arts and culture enthusiasts, including actor Don Wycherley, Dublin Youth Dance Theatre Festival, Ether Productions, and Sean O’Casey Players, made their way into the Cultural Quarter of Dublin for the launch and stopped off at Platform 5 at Connolly Station to mark the special occasion with a one-off joint performance. The plan, developed by Dublin City Council and designed by acclaimed Irish artist Robert Ballagh, illustrates how the arts play a major role in community development…

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Ryanair to sponsor final day of Leopardstown Christmas Festival 2014

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Ryanair has announced its continued sponsorship of the final day of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival, which will feature three Ryanair races, including the highlight Grade 1 ‘Ryanair Hurdle’. One of the highlights in the racing year, the Monday, 29 December meeting will also feature The Ryanair European Breeders Fund Novice Handicap Hurdle and The Ryanair Flat Race and thousands of racing fans are expected to attend once more.
 
 To celebrate, Ryanair and Leopardstown are offering a special two for one offer on race day tickets (for 29 December), available on the Ryanair.com website. “Ryanair is pleased to once again sponsor the final day of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival, one of the…

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Google Play gift cards now available to purchase in Ireland

Google Play gift cards now available to purchase in Ireland

Google Play gift cards are now available to purchase in Ireland. They will be available at Tesco, An Post, Argos, Musgraves, Powercity, Homebase, and Xtravision. Cards will be available in-store only, not for online purchase. Further retailers will be added in the coming weeks. These retailers will offer €15, €25 and €50 euro gift cards that can be used to purchase digital content from Google Play , such as apps, games, movies, books and music. People can also use these gift cards to purchase in-app merchandise. People will not be able to purchase app subscriptions or hardware.
 
Google said is will continue adding functionality to the gift card experience over time. They will…

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Oxo to show Lynda Bellingham ad on Christmas Day as tribute to late actress

Oxo to show Lynda Bellingham ad on Christmas Day as tribute to late actress

An Oxo advert featuring the late Lynda Bellingham is to be screened on Christmas Day after her fans called for its return as a tribute to the actress. According to Oxo, hundreds of thousands of people had been in touch with the brand asking for the 1984 My Christmas ad to be shown again in memory of her life and career. A Facebook page called ‘Bring back the Oxo Christmas advert in memory of Lynda Bellingham’ was set up. The 66-year-old was known for her role as the Oxo mum from 1983 to 1999. She died of cancer last month. “The My Christmas Oxo advert from 1984, starring much-loved actress…

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U2 to buy 16 Hanover Quay from Dublin Docklands Development Authority

U2 to buy 16 Hanover Quay from Dublin Docklands Development Authority

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority has welcomed the recent approval by An Bord Pleanala of the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock Planning Scheme (the SDZ), which recognises the Docklands as an art space with a variety of tourism attractions. “The ability to attract tourists to previously unvisited sites requires strong drivers by way of high-profile events and attractions. To date, events such as Dublin Fringe, Docklands Maritime Festivals and Tall Ships have proven to be very successful in drawing large numbers of visitors. However, the Docklands needs to complement its growing visitor numbers with other types of attractions,” according to an extract from the SDZ. “The U2 studios at…

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Sony Mobile announced as technology sponsor to IRFU

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Sony Mobile kicks off the 2014/2015 rugby season as it announces its partnership with the IRFU (Irish Rugby Football Union) as technology sponsor. The sponsorship is a three-year deal and will include the Six Nations and Rugby World Cups.The first game of the season takes place on 8 November as Ireland will meet with South Africa.“Sony is a premium technology brand and their product design and performance is a great match for Irish Rugby,” said IRFU president Louis Magee.“We are delighted to announce Sony Mobile as our technology sponsor and look forward to a productive partnership over the coming years.”Sales and marketing marketing manager at Sony Mobile Ireland Russell Keating added:…

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