Latest global state-of-the-art audio-visual technologies will be on display at ‘ActiVate Future of Visual Communications Showcase’ hosted by Ion Solutions

A showcase of the latest and most innovative technology solutions in audio-visual communications will be on display in the RDS Venue in Dublin later this month.

Hosted by Ion Solutions, the specialist provider of audio-visual solutions to companies nationwide and across the world, the ‘ActiVate Future of Visual Communications Showcase’ will reveal the newest cutting-edge technologies that are currently setting the global AV world on fire!

Taking place on 26th and 27th August, this must-see event is a key feature of the Irish AV industry calendar as it allows attendees to be among the first in Ireland to view a host of innovations in action, including the following:

  • Igloo Vision Immersive Video for product BIM, visualisation experiences, marketing showcase
  • AirScan interactive videowall, which operates with any video or projection device
  • Connected Media HR App for Tripleplay systems, enabling remote workers to stay connected with in-house communications platforms
  • A unique demo of the relative image quality of LED panels at different pixel pitches
  • A dynamic, live video experience show, with a blend of projection, LED, lighting, and immersive audio
  • AI powered visual search and asset monitoring solution
  • A model-scale Projection Mapping experience, showing how effective 3-D modelling can bring an outdoor event to life

Visitors will have an opportunity to see the technology in practice, through creative applications and live demos, rather than just observing an exhibition display. There will also be an opportunity to meet product specialists from the various suppliers, while experts will be on hand to give one-to-one guidance and answer any questions.

The ‘ActiVate Future of Visual Communications Showcase’ on 26th and 27th August in the RDS Venue is completely free to attend but registration is required.

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Ion Solutions specialises in the creative and technical delivery of indoor and outdoor live events, conferences and exhibitions, as well as the design, supply, installation and integration of audio-visual communications equipment, broadcast television systems, digital video production / computer graphics systems and digital signage solutions. The business employs 70+ full-time staff based out of two office locations in Sandyford, Dublin.

The company has worked on contracts for a range of clients across a variety of sectors including broadcast, retail, healthcare, hospitality and educational facilities as well as corporate venues. Clients include the likes of Ireland West Airport, TG4, Convention Centre Dublin, Kerry Group, Croke Park Dublin and the SSE Arena Belfast, as well as multiple projects with Virgin Media Group.

Ion Solutions recently become part of Creative Technology, a worldwide provider of specialist AV technology and live events, bringing a global reach to the Ion Solutions portfolio of services. Creative Technology operates 19 offices on three continents and is, in turn, part of NEP Group, which has 4,000+ employees in 24 countries.

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Average ‘sold price’ for houses across Ireland up 4% for the first half of 2019 when compared to same time last year – new research from Perfect Property

  • Sold prices take a fall in Cork, Galway, Wicklow and Dublin, while Longford and Kerry, in particular, see significant increases
  • More than 50% of counties are still achieving a higher sale price than the original asking price


The average ‘sold price’ for houses across the country for the first half of 2019 has increased by 4% when compared to the same period last year, according to new research by Perfect Property, Ireland’s innovative property search engine.

An analysis of the Property Price Register conducted by Perfect Property shows that the majority of counties saw the average ‘sold price’ of a house increase between H1 2018 and H2 2019, while only four experienced a decline in prices.

The counties with the highest increase of average sold property prices included Longford (26%), Kerry (23%), Roscommon (13%), Donegal (12%), and Cavan (11%), followed by Carlow, Laois, and Waterford all coming in at 9%, respectively.

However, just four counties saw prices drop. Cork and Galway showed a decrease of -7%, followed by Wicklow with -5% and Dublin with -4%.

Asking Price versus Sale Price

Perfect Property analysed these figures against listing prices and found that in Q2 2019, more than 50% of counties are still achieving a higher sold price. Overall, achieved sale prices were 7% higher than listing prices nationally. The biggest difference between the two was witnessed in Sligo (11%) and Wexford (10%), followed by Cork, Kildare and Leitrim (all 8%).

This is a decrease from Q1 2019 which saw homes selling for 12% higher than the asking price however, still a positive indication of the overall market where homes aren’t being discounted in order to sell. 

Whilst Dublin saw an overall price drop, home sellers are still seeing their properties sell 6% higher than what they’re asking. 

This research was carried out by search platform Perfect Property, which features properties from a range of estate agents including REA, Knight Frank, REMAX and Sotheby’s. Currently the average value of property uploaded to the website every day is €20.3m, with new properties worth €142m added every week. The platform has a wide range of user-friendly features, meaning it is fast becoming the property search portal of choice for home buyers and sellers, as well as those seeking a new rental property.

Commenting on the recent figures, Laura Pollard, Managing Director of Perfect Property, said:

“Reviewing achieved sold prices nationally, is key to understanding the true state of the market. Our research shows a very dynamic housing market across Ireland, with considerable regional variation in sold prices. While the country is up by 4% as whole from this time last year, this spurt of growth has not been experienced in all areas, with Cork, Galway, Wicklow and Dublin showing a decrease in sold prices.  Comparing this to the original listing price provides additional insight, showing that in many areas the achieved sale price is still higher than the original listing price.”

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Editors notes:

H1 2018 – H1 2019

Majority of counties saw an average sold price increase however 3 key property markets declined: Dublin, Cork and Galway.

County H1 2018 H1 2019 Change (%)
Carlow €159,518 €173,913 9%
Cavan €126,235 €140,129 11%
Clare €169,906 €176,211 4%
Cork €286,441 €265,162 -7%
Donegal €109,416 €122,985 12%
Dublin €462,601 €445,120 -4%
Galway €250,930 €233,997 -7%
Kerry €152,232 €186,722 23%
Kildare €282,268 €284,016 1%
Kilkenny €197,149 €203,474 3%
Laois €155,245 €169,114 9%
Leitrim €109,246 €112,174 3%
Limerick €187,555 €200,688 7%
Longford €94,691 €119,022 26%
Louth €202,203 €211,650 5%
Mayo €129,812 €137,782 6%
Meath €257,069 €270,956 5%
Monaghan €146,655 €146,257 0%
Offaly €148,513 €155,625 5%
Roscommon €114,330 €128,790 13%
Sligo €136,116 €145,805 7%
Tipperary €139,692 €151,063 8%
Waterford €166,718 €181,081 9%
Westmeath €177,432 €187,208 6%
Wexford €168,886 €180,829 7%
Wicklow €337,125 €318,803 -5%

The nurses’ strike was the most important news story in the first half of 2019 according to Core Cultural Index

  • Stories that generated greatest public awareness included the New Zealand mosque shooting and President Trump announcing his visit to Ireland
  • Only 27% said President Trump’s visit was important to them

he nurses strike, the New Zealand mosque shootings and the terror attacks in Sri Lanka were the three most important news stories in Ireland in the first half of 2019. This is according to research undertaken as part of the Core Cultural Index 2019, compiled by Ireland’s largest marketing communications company, and based on the views of 6,000 participants discussing 97 news stories across 15 categories.

The Cultural Index, generated by the Research Practice of Core, examines awareness amongst the general public of the top news stories making headlines, and the importance of such stories in the context of Irish society and culture. 94% of Irish people were aware of the strikes, and 87% said it was important or very important to them personally. As a result, these events scored the highest Culture Index of 2019 at 82.1.

Another terror-related story that scored high in awareness was the tragic death of activist journalist Lyra McKee in April with 83% saying it was important to them.

Series five of Love Island was also high on the agenda for Irish people generating 60% of overall awareness amongst respondents with 40% of young adults saying it was important to them.

Core Cultural Index

  1. Nurses go on strike, fourth highest score since Index started in 2015                    82.1
  2. New Zealand mosque shooting, tenth highest score                                            78.5
  3. Terror attacks kill hundreds in Sri Lanka                                                              72.7
  4. Two boys found guilty of murder of Ana Kriegel                                                   72.6
  5. Journalist, Lyra McKee, shot dead in Derry by new IRA                                        72.1
  6. Children’s Hospital costs increase                                                                      70.2
  7. Local and European elections and referendum take place                                    70.1
  8. Young men die in tragic Donegal car crash                                                         67.9
  9. Darkness into Light takes place                                                                          65.6
  10. HSE workers go on strike across the country                                                      64.8

While the most important stories often did not rank as highly in terms of public awareness, participants highlighted the importance of stories focusing on social issues, particularly with regard to health, terrorist attacks and politics. Despite being consistently in the news, only 27% said President Trump’s visit was important to them, with people ranking Supermac’s trademark legal case higher.

Stories that received less attention included the return of Love Island, the announcement that grime artist, Stormzy, was a headliner at Glastonbury, and the sale of iconic nightclub Copper Face Jacks. 

Finian Murphy, Marketing Director at Core, says: “When a story resonates in a way that strikes an emotional chord it forces us to sit up and take notice. The Cultural Index is unique in that way as it allows us to understand the news stories that connect Irish audiences by keeping them engaged and leaving them with an emotional impact.” 

Core employs a team of 310 people and consists of nine practices – Creative, Data, Investment, Learning, Media (comprising of Mediaworks, Spark Foundry, Starcom and Zenith), Recruitment, Research, Sponsorship and Strategy. Core has been voted Agency Network of the Year for the last six years at the Media Awards and the company was also recently voted one of the top workplaces in Ireland by the Great Place to Work Institute for the tenth year running.

To view the full findings of the Core Research Cultural Index from the first half of 2019, please click here: ,     

Core renews sponsorship of Design West, the international Design Summer School and Creative Festival, for a second year

Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company, is proud, once again, to announce its collaboration with Design West, Ireland’s exciting International Design Summer School and Creative Festival which is running from June 22nd – July 5th. This is the second year that Core has sponsored the event, which is described as a ‘catalyst to recharge your creativity’.

Taking place at GMIT Letterfrack in Connemara, Design West offers participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of design, and work with leading international designers from renowned studios across the globe. It allows for collaboration between local and global thinkers – fusing trusted techniques with disruptive methods.

During the two-week programme, students participate in a voyage of discovery, learning, making, reflection and adventure in a non-urban environment which is perfect for sparking design inspiration.

Finian Murphy, Marketing Director at Core says: ‘Design West is a great example of creativity through diversity and we are delighted to be involved with a school that brings a variety of designers from around the globe to the beautiful village of Letterfrack in Connemara.”

“Design West shares Core’s love for working together, sharing ideas, and creating novel work. Similar to last year, we will send two people from Core to participate in the school, to unplug and immerse themselves in the rugged landscape and inspirational discussions. We are committed to providing further learning at Core, and inspiring creativity across the entire business. Design West is one of the great moments of the year when our people are able to expand their thinking further.”

The Design West Summer School programme will focus on a range of design related topics, such as the making of 2D and 3D design expressions, including visual communication, installations, abstract and environmental design. Participants will also engage with the stunning local environment through observation, the study of found objects, interactions between communities, landscape and nature.

With unrivalled facilities available at the GMIT campus, students will also have access to CAD, CNC technology, laser equipment, robotics and digital manufacturing.

The initiative was set up last year by Conor Clarke of the award-winning business ‘Design Factory’ and the programme will be led by Conor and a cross-disciplinary group of international tutors and professional technicians, including:

With just 24 places available, anyone interested in applying to attend Design West should log on to  The deadline for applications is 10 May 2019.

Core has a team over 300 people across nine practices – Creative, Data, Investment, Learning, Media (comprising of Mediaworks, Spark Foundry, Starcom and Zenith), Recruitment, Research, Sponsorship and Strategy.

Core has been voted Agency Network of the Year for the last six years at the Media Awards and the company was also recently voted one of the top workplaces in Ireland by the Great Place to Work Institute for the tenth year running.


Vomiting, seizures and cold hands and feet among the least known symptoms associated with meningococcal meningitis, according to GSK survey of Irish parents1 New survey shows 42% of parents in Ireland cannot identify any types of meningococcal meningitis that are preventable by vaccination1

GSK marks World Meningitis Day with launch of ‘Know Meningitis’ campaign to generate awareness of the

disease and offer advice on how to spot the signs and symptoms

A new survey conducted by GSK shows that while almost all surveyed parents (95%) have heard of meningitis1, many are still unaware of the range of symptoms associated with the disease.

A rash is the most commonly associated symptom of meningitis (84%), followed by a stiff neck (73%) and dislike of bright light or headache (both 66%). However, there are a number of symptoms which the majority of parents do not relate to the disease, including vomiting (39%), convulsions / seizures (23%), and cold hands and feet (21%).1

To mark World Meningitis Day on Wednesday 24 April, GSK has launched the Know Meningitis campaign on social media platforms, an initiative aimed at raising awareness of the disease, which is rare but potentially fatal. Information about who is at risk, the signs and symptoms of the disease and how best to protect family members is available at

The survey of 375 parents in Ireland was conducted as part of GSK’s campaign and half of respondents (50%) reported that they ‘know of someone’ or ‘know someone’ who has had meningitis.1 

Just over a third (37%) of surveyed parents are not aware of any of the major types of meningococcal meningitis (A,B,C,W,X,Y). Less than half (46%) of parents said they were aware of meningococcal B disease (MenB) and just under a third (32%) said they were aware of meningococcal C disease(MenC)1 – MenB and MenC account for the majority of disease in Ireland.2 There were also extremely low levels of knowledge of MenW (2%), MenX (1%) and MenY (1%).1

Those surveyed are most likely to consider babies and children under-five as being most at risk of contracting meningococcal meningitis, while only a quarter (25%) of those surveyed believe 15-19-year-olds are one of the high-risk groups, even though a peak in disease activity is also seen among this age group.3

The findings of the survey also point to confusion among parents about which vaccines their children have received through the national immunisation programme. Surveyed parents of 15-19 year olds reported that 62% of those children had received the meningococcal B vaccination as part of the HSE vaccination programme,1 even though it is not available through the programme for that age group.4

The Know Meningitis campaign provides parents and carers the information they need to better understand the disease, how to spot signs and symptoms and how it can be prevented.

It also aims to increase understanding around preventative actions that can be taken to protect against meningitis and to raise awareness that no single vaccine protects against all types of meningococcal meningitis. It is important to remember that whilst there are vaccines available to protect against some types of meningitis and septicaemia, there isno single vaccine to protect against all types of meningitis, so awareness of the signs and symptoms is key.2

Dr Philip Cruz, GSK’s Vaccines Medical Director for the UK and Ireland, commented: “While the survey shows that rash is perceived to be the most commonly associated symptom of meningitis, it is important that parents and carers are aware that the disease is not just having a rash that won’t go away. Some cases may not present with rash at all in the early stages. Parents and carers should ensure they are informed, and most importantly trust their instincts.”

Siobhan Carroll, CEO of ACT for Meningitis, added: “After the alarming statistics highlighted in the GSK survey on World Meningitis Day, ACT for Meningitis implore people to get to know the signs and symptoms of meningitis, ensure your children’s vaccinations are up to date and trust your instincts if you suspect meningitis and seek medical help immediately.”

More interesting statistics from the survey include:

  • A rash is the most commonly associated symptom of meningitis (84% say this), followed by stiff neck (73%) and dislike of bright light or headache (both 66%).
  • Only 39% of parents surveyed associate vomiting with meningitis and just 21% of parents surveyed associate cold hands and feet with meningitis.
  • Just over a third (37%) of parents surveyed associate confusion and irritability with meningitis and just 23% associate convulsions / seizures with the disease.
  • Women are more likely than men to be aware of any individual type of meningococcal meningitis (A,B,C,W,X,Y) (73% vs 46%).
  • 35% of parents with children aged 15-19 consider that age group to be one of those at highest risk.
  • Parents surveyed report that three quarters of those children aged between 10 and 19 years (76%) are up-to-date with the School Vaccination Programme.