Equilume light mask for horses is ‘One to Watch’

Equilume light mask for horses is ‘One to Watch’ Minister of State for Research & Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD (left) and Dr. Keith O'Neill, Enterprise Ireland with Dr Barbara Murphy

The invention of a therapeutic light mask for horses by Dr Barbara Murphy at University College Dublin (UCD) has won the Enterprise Ireland ‘One to Watch’ award. The Equilume light mask provides timed, low-level light to a single eye. It limits levels of the hormone melatonin which is usually produced in darkness and inhibits a mare’s reproductive activity during winter months. It is used to advance the breeding season in thoroughbred mares so that their foals are born close to their universal birthday of 1 January. Other uses include reducing extended gestation lengths in mares due to foal early in the year,  treating ‘horse jet-lag’ and enabling competition horses to…

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Commercial Outdoor Furniture from PatioShoppers

Patio Shoppers Outdoor Furniture

PatioShoppers is a Nation Wide Leader in commercial patio furniture. Enjoy great discounts, special bulk deals, and all the things your business wants at an exceptional value. We know your business demands top quality furnishings with outstanding selection and availability.

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Colin Powell on How to Be a Successful Leader

Colin Powel

Military leader Colin Powell rose from humble beginnings in New York City’s impoverished South Bronx. Raised by immigrant Jamaican parents, he went to public schools and attended City College of New York (CCNY), where he joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). There he began a military career that ultimately led to his appointment as chainnan of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under mo presidents, George H.W Bush and Bill Clinton. Of course, he became secretary of state. Whether you are a corporate manager, a small-business owner or a PTA president, the “Powell Principles” can help you to achieve excellence. State Your Mission in a Few Words In the military,…

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Seven Steps to Increase Business In a Tough Economy

When sales are slower, it doesn’t mean that you have to slow down the business or settle for diminished returns. Any economic downturn is a wake-up call for you to look for new opportunities. Seven steps to improving business and getting ahead in slow times. Reshape Your Vision Redefine your original business vision and start projects so dynamic that you’ll be eager to get to work each morning. Take a few days off, and ponder the direction you want to follow. Recognize that you will have to work smarter and possibly harder. Analyze New Market Conditions Which parts of the market are most profitable? How large are these parts, and…

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Ireland – a Future Global Start-up Hub

Joanna Murphy, chief operating officer of ConnectIreland

Joanna Murphy, chief operating officer of ConnectIreland, explores Ireland’s potential as a hub for foreign SMEs in light of the recent interest from French companies in particular. Ireland is well recognised as one of the top locations for global multinationals to establish their business, and in recent years it has been branded by many as the Silicon Valley of Europe, with ten of the top ‘Born on the Internet’ companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all present in this country. SMEs on the other hand often get overlooked when facts and figures are compiled regarding Ireland’s current business landscape. However, the trend for smaller entities looking to Ireland as…

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Sam McCauley Chemists relocates to bigger premises on High St in Kilkenny

Business and Leadership Ltd.

Sam McCauley Chemists is to take over Sherwood’s Electrical store this summer. The pharmacy chain said it has invested heavily in the new expansion and it will bring the total number employed by the company in Kilkenny to 25. “We are delighted to be relocating to a bigger premises on High St,” said managing director Patrick McCormack. “We will be making an investment of over €500,000 in the new premises and increasing the number employed to 25. This is a huge vote of confidence in Kilkenny City and our many loyal customers.” The group said it now has 28 stores nationwide and an online store www.sammccauley.com with further new openings and…

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Seventeenth Maxi Zoo store in Ireland opens in Kildare

Business and Leadership Ltd.

Pet retailer Maxi Zoo has opened its seventeenth store in Ireland, in Newbridge Retail Park, Co Kildare, which will create 15 jobs. Maxi Zoo is part of the Fressnapf Group which is Europe’s largest pet retailer with over 1,295 stores across the region. The new 8,000 sq ft store in Newbridge is owned and operated by Cork couple Tony and Alice Cross. Maxi Zoo opened its first Irish store in Ballincollig, Co Cork in 2006 and plans to open a further 15 new stores across the country over the next five years, creating up to 150 new jobs. With all staff trained to be ‘pet experts’, Maxi Zoo invites people…

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IT Carlow graduate wins top three awards at Universal Design Grand Challenge

Jack Gregan with his winning design for a therapeutic horse riding aid

A product design graduate of Institute of Technology (IT) Carlow, Jack Gregan, has won the top three awards at the Universal Design Grand Challenge (UDGC) student awards for his design for a therapeutic aid that can be used in equine therapy for children with autism. Currently an intern with Carlow IT’s DesignCore design research centre, Gregan won the UDGC People’s Choice Award, the UDGC Judges’ Choice Award and the Enterprise Ireland Universal Design Commercialisation Award for his ‘Go Therapeutic’ horse riding aid. His project is an alternative to a saddle, ensuring the stability of the rider while enhancing all the benefits of equine therapy. The solution is proving to work…

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Delphi Adventure Resort to manage Aasleagh Lodge and Erriff Fishery in Connemara in five-year deal

Business and Leadership Ltd.

Delphi Adventure Resort has won a contract to manage Aasleagh Lodge and Erriff Fishery in Connemara for the next five years. On the River Erriff just outside Leenane, Aasleagh Lodge is a restored 19th century Victorian country house, set in 36 acres of mature woodlands with views over Killary Harbour, with nine bedrooms, two self catering apartments and access to wild Atlantic salmon fishing on the river nearby in Erriff Fishery. The Erriff Fishery includes the Erriff River and the two lakes of Tawnyard and Derrintin. Previously part of the estate of the Marquis of Sligo, Aasleagh Lodge and Erriff Fishery was managed by Inland Fisheries Ireland until recently. “This…

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Trafficattic Hosted 130 Local Businesses in 2015

Business and Leadership Ltd.

An online business focused on allowing people to shop local online called Trafficattic.com set up in Co Mayo in 2014 now hosts 130 businesses and is selling throughout Ireland and worldwide. Husband and wife team Brendan and Sophia McHugh founded the business, which provides users with access to over 15,000 products on offer from Irish shops and businesses ranging from gifts to cosmetics to garden and commercial pool furniture . “Trafficattic.com supports Irish businesses by providing them with an easy to use, low-cost platform to sell their products online. It takes the fear and stresses away for small businesses,” said Brendan McHugh. “We help businesses to bring their products and services to a wider audience…

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