‘Busking Unbarred’ to take to Dublin’s streets at Youbloom festival with Tullamore Dew

Youbloom festival with Tullamore Dew

At this year’s Youbloom@Dublin, the annual international music festival and conference launched to help new talent develop and prosper, ‘Busking Unbarred’ will take to the streets of Dublin’s Dame District. Hosted by Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, the outdoor busking event will celebrate the spirit of buskers and the contribution they make to towns and cities. With live music firmly embedded in its Irish roots, Tullamore Dew has been working with The Busking Project, an advocacy movement championing the rights of street performers around the globe, to support and help grow appreciation for busking artists. The Busking Unbarred event will be taking place on Saturday, 14 June between 4.30pm and 7.30pm on the Tullamore Dew…

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HMV to sponsor two music festivals this summer

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HMV has entered the festival sponsorship domain, with the announcement that it is to be a main sponsor for Indiependence and Light Colour Sound this summer. The Indiependence Music & Arts Festival takes place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (1 to 3 August) in Mitchelstown, Co Cork and features the likes of Damien Dempsey and We Cut Corners. HMV will sponsor the second stage at the festival, which has a 1,200 capacity tent and the main stage at Light Colour Sound, which is a new music festival being held at Shankhill Castle, Paulstown, Co Kilkenny on 4 and 5 July. With a pop-up shop on site at both festivals,…

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TV3’s “most ambitious schedule ever” includes original soap drama ‘Red Rock’

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TV3 has revealed its programming plans and strategy into 2015 at an ‘Upfronts’ launch in Dublin. According to the station, for the first time programming spend on originated content exceeds its spend on acquisitions. Director of content Jeff Ford announced a 2015 schedule built across six genres, including soap – TV3 will launch its first originated soap drama with the working title ‘Red Rock’. Acquisitions from 2015 exclusive to the station are The X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, while it has secured Downton Abbey for life of series. “2015 is TV3’s most ambitious schedule ever. Since 2007, TV3 has committed to developing a schedule based predominantly on home-produced programming,” said…

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2014 Eircom Junior Spiders winners announced

Eircom Junior Spiders

The 2014 Eircom Junior Spiders winners were announced at a ceremony at Google HQ in Dublin today. Hosted by RTÉ’s Aidan Power, the awards recognise and reward primary and post primary students for the innovative ways they use the internet, especially around website development, school blogs and design. At primary level, the Mega Spiders have three categories – Best Project, Best School Blog and Best School Website. For post primary students the awards are split across two categories. The Giga Spiders rewards students from first to third year and the Tera Spiders are open to students from fourth to sixth year. The Giga and Tera Spiders reward students under the…

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Ireland Top Three ‘Dream Destinations’ for American Travelers – TripAdvisor

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Ireland is in the top three ‘dream destinations’ for Americans, according to a new survey released this week by TripAdvisor. The bi-annual TripBarometer study, conducted by the travel review website, included more than 10,000 US respondents and looked at worldwide travel patterns, as well as the planning and booking habits of travelers at different life stages. When asked about their dream destinations to visit, the top three for American travelers were Italy, Australia, and Ireland. “The results of this TripAdvisor survey are good news indeed and confirm our own research that Ireland is high on the wish list for Americans as a dream destination,” said Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism…

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National Library of Ireland launches 10,500 newly digitised items

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A total of 10,500 newly digitised items have been released by the National Library of Ireland (NLI). Dramatic advances in information technology means the NLI is driving forward a programme of metadata creation, digitisation, digital preservation and online access to Ireland’s cultural heritage, according to Sara Smyth, NLI digitisation programme manager. Smyth highlighted the importance of having an effective national programme of digitisation and preservation to ensure public access to culturally important collections. “Libraries have always collected, managed and provided access to all forms of information,” she said. “Since 2010, we have overhauled our digitisation workflows and put in place key technical infrastructures. We achieved this with limited full time…

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Battle of Clontarf anniversary to be marked on social media – first ever Wikipedia Irish live editing event on in Dublin

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The 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf takes place on 23 April and to mark this occasion, Wikipedia is supporting the first ever Irish live Wiki editing event in Dublin’s Science Gallery this Saturday, 19 April to improve the Battle of Clontarf Wiki pages. There is also an ongoing blow by blow re-enactment of the run-up to the battle and the battle itself on Twitter @1014retold for everyone to follow. The online events are being facilitated by 1014 Retold , a digital storytelling project that aims to bring the tale of the Battle of Clontarf to life for a modern day audience using digital tools and social media. The organisers are actively…

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Aer Lingus Launches ‘Boutique’ In-Flight Shopping

Aer Lingus launches 'Boutique' in-flight shopping offering

Aer Lingus has launched a new in-flight shopping range – Boutique – that it says will bring a wider range of luxury shopping to customers on all of its flights, at prices up to 60pc less than on the high street. According to the airline, the new retail offering builds on the success of the previous in-flight shopping selection and showcases an entirely revamped product range, based on feedback from customers. The range includes 80 new products including several Aer Lingus exclusives. Included in the women’s range are The Balm cosmetics, Azuni jewelry, Orla Kiely sunglasses and the rose gold watch by Fossil. New men’s items include the latest Armani…

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Eddie Rocket’s launches into space with new advertising campaign with interactive social media twist

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Eddie Rocket’s is launching a new TV ad with an interactive social media campaign that will allow customers to choose the ending that will appear on TV in this month. It’s the first time in five years that Eddie Rocket’s has been on TV screens and the ad is part of a wider marketing campaign in 2014 for Eddie Rocket’s that will include a series of new TV ads, with a total investment of over €250,000. The new TV ad is set in outer space and features an astronaut reaching for an Eddie Rocket’s hamburger that is simply ‘Out of this World’. The ad has been shot with two endings…

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