Atlas of the Irish Revolution’ by John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and Dr. John Borgonovo named as the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year 2017

 

‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’, a book which tells the full story of Ireland’s revolutionary history from 1913 to 1923, has been voted the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year’ for 2017.

The ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year 2017’ was chosen by a public vote from the list of category winners announced at the recent Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Previous winners of this award include ‘Solar Bones’ by Mike McCormack ‘Asking for it’ by Louise O’Neill, ‘Academy Street’ by Mary Costello, ‘Staring at Lakes’ by Michael Harding, ‘The Spinning Heart’ by Donal Ryan and ‘Solace’ by Belinda McKeon.

Published by Cork University Press, ‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’ is a definitive resource that brings to life this pivotal moment in Irish history and nation-building. It draws together existing and ongoing research into the revolutionary period in a broad ranging and inclusive manner. It also includes contributions from leading scholars across a range of disciplines.

A chronologically and thematically organised treatment of the period, the book contains an analysis of conditions in the provinces, counties and parishes, telling the stories of particular individuals and families caught up in the events of these years. It also includes sections on the evolution of the revolution, and on its aftermath, legacy and the collective memory and cultural representation of this fascinating, transformative period of Irish history.

Dr John Crowley, one of the books editors, from the Department of Geography in UCC who worked alongside Donál Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and associate editor John Borgonovo on the Atlas of the Irish Revolution said:

‘We are very honoured to receive this award. The 1916 centenary clearly revealed not only Irish people’s appetite for understanding their history but more importantly their place in that history. The Atlas of the Irish Revolution builds on that sense of connection and public engagement by providing new ways of seeing the revolutionary period. The 300+ maps in the atlas along with the hundreds of other images create a unique portal through which local communities can engage with pivotal events in their own history. The atlas speaks to a deep interest amongst Irish people in learning about their past and we are indeed grateful that they have supported this project in such vast numbers.’ 

Now in its 12th year, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards was founded to celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish writing talent.

The Awards consist of 15 categories including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry and the new Teen and Young Adult category

 

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Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland release latest Complaints Bulletin

18 advertisements found to be in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds relating to Misleading Advertising, Principles, Prices and Alcohol

 

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland’s (ASAI) independent Complaints Committee has released its latest Complaints Bulletin which contains 20 case reports on complaints recently investigated by the ASAI.

18 of the 20 advertisements were found to have been in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds relating to Misleading Advertising, Principles, Prices and Alcohol. The advertisements complained of related to Internet, Social Media, Radio, Leaflet, Direct Email, Press, Brochure and Email. The ASAI Complaints Committee chose not to uphold one consumer complaint and one intra industry / interested party complaint.

The Complaints Committee is a completely independent arm of the ASAI and is responsible for considering and dealing with complaints submitted by the public, by a member of the ASAI, by a Government Department or any other person or body of persons. The Committee is made up of a range of experts from the advertising, media, education, consumer and marketing sectors.  See further details here – http://www.asai.ie/about-us/complaints-committee.

Commenting on the latest ASAI rulings, Orla Twomey, Chief Executive of the ASAI, stated: 

As we approach the busy Christmas and New Year period, it’s important that consumers know that the ASAI is committed in their best interests to ensuring that all advertising is legal, decent, honest and truthful.  

The latest complaints bulletin from the ASAI highlights the ASAI’s commitment to protecting consumers and holding advertisers to account when their advertising is not compliant with the requirements of the ASAI Code.  

The ASAI approach is to work with all advertisers, rather than against them, to ultimately ensure that all marketing communications are legal, truthful, decent and honest. The ASAI provide a free and confidential copy advice service to advertisers, agencies and media members to help them create responsible ads. If an advertiser has any concerns about a marketing communications’ compliance with the ASAI’s Code, they can contact us and avail of the free and confidential copy advice service. This is especially important coming into the hectic promotional period seen at this time of year, an area heavily protected under the ASAI Code of Standards for Advertising and Marketing in Ireland.” 

Below is a list of complaints which have been found to be in breach of the ASAI Code:

 

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
 

Italia Bauhaus Furniture Limited

 

Principals / Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The complainant considered the detail of the complaint and expressed concern at the advertisers failure to respond

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/business-office-furniture/

 

Dublin Tint

 

Principals / Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The complainant considered the detail of the complaint and expressed concern at the advertisers failure to respond

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/motoring-21/

 

Click.ie

 

Principals / Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The complainant considered the detail of the complaint and expressed concern at the advertisers failure to respond

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-58/

 

 

Frisby Homes

 

Misleading

 

The independent complaints committee considered the ad was likely to mislead

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/property-houses/

 

 

Eir

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.22, 5.5, 5.15 and 5.16 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-59/

 

 

Eir

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.1, 4.4 and 4.6 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-60/

 

 

Paddy Power

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The complainant considered the subject line of the email was misleading

Complaint Upheld in part

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/leisure-betting-5/

 

 

Minding Frankie (BC Productions)

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.1 and 4.4 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/leisure-10/

 

 

The Wellness Champions Cork

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.1 and 4.4 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/health-beauty-9/

 

 

 

 

Designer Rebellion

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.1, 4.4 and 4.9 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/household-furniture/

 

 

12 Quail Farm

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.1, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10, 11.1 and 11.5 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/food-and-beverages-3/

 

Totalminddynamics.com

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.10 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/health-beauty-17/

 

 

Musgrave Group (SuperValu)

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.1 and 4.4 of the Code

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/retail-supermarket/

 

Dublin-Plumbing.ie

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.10 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/household-6/

 

Munster Roofing

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.10 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/roofing-contractors/

 

Digital Food Limited Thetaste.ie

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.1, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.10 of the Code

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/leisure-11/

 

University College Dublin UCD

 

Prices

 

The complainant considered the advertisement had breached section 4.22 of the Code

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/education-7/

 

The Benner Hotel

 

Alcohol

 

The complainant considered the advertisement to be in breach of section 9.4 of the Code

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/alcohol-20/

 

The following complaints were investigated and following investigation, the ASAI Complaints Committee did not uphold the complaints.

 

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
 

Sky Ireland

 

Misleading

 

Complaint Not upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-broadband-3/

 

 

The following complaints made by consumers were investigated and following investigation, the ASAI Complaints Committee considered that it was more appropriate to deal with the matter by way of a statement.

 

Virgin Media

 

Decency and Propriety

 

Complaint Not upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-61/

 

 

The ASAI conducts ongoing monitoring of advertising across all media and since 2007, has examined over 27,000 advertisements, with an overall compliance rate of 98 per cent. The ASAI Monitoring Service monitors compliance with the Complaints Committee’s adjudications.

Media members are reminded that advertisements found to be in breach of the Code cannot be accepted for publication.

www.asai.ie

 

Or follow the ASAI on Twitter @THE_ASAI

 

Two thirds of UK SME’s say currency volatility created by Brexit has cost them £70,000 each – Report by Bibby Financial Services

Two thirds of UK SME’s say currency volatility created by Brexit has cost them £70,000 each – Report by Bibby Financial Services

Irish exporters encouraged to put practices in place to

safeguard against the fluctuating pound

 

More than two-thirds of UK SMEs trading in foreign currencies say that they have been financially disadvantaged to the tune of £70,000 due to currency volatility sparked by the EU referendum, according to a new study by leading SME partner, Bibby Financial Services (BFS).

A leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to Irish SME’s, the company helps businesses to thrive and grow in domestic and international markets by providing bespoke financial assistance and a wide range of specialist and working capital funding options.

Findings of the ‘Trading Places’ report reveal that 67 per cent of UK businesses with foreign exchange requirements say they have been adversely affected by currency volatility in the past 12 months, with an estimated financial impact of £69,669 (approximately €79,000) each.

The research found that currency volatility is the biggest challenge faced by UK importers and exporters today. Other key challenges for exporters include paperwork and administration, and logistics management. For importers, logistics and managing duty, VAT and freight payments were the main issues.

Despite currency volatility featuring as the top concern for both importers and exporters, research also found that almost a quarter of UK SMEs trading overseas (23%) have never reviewed their foreign exchange arrangements to see if they could better protect themselves against future volatility.

The Global Business Monitor, a report issued by Bibby Financial Services recently, shows that 20% of Irish SME’s see currency fluctuations as a barrier to international trade. The survey also shows that geo-political events loom large in the minds of Irish respondents, with 69% viewing Brexit as the top threat to global economic growth amongst Irish SME’s in 2017.

Mark O’Rourke, Head of Business with Bibby Financial Services Ireland, said:

“These figures from the UK are quite stark. While we don’t have figures for Ireland, we need to be aware that currency volatility will impact the bottom line for Irish SME’s who import or export. This report is a warning bell for Irish companies that they should be putting practices in place to safeguard against the fluctuating pound. By far the greatest challenge facing Irish SME’s importing and exporting is currency volatility. No matter how big or small and SME is, managing currency risk in today’s economic environment is vital. The businesses that will be successful in the long-term are those that are planning ahead and thinking strategically about how they can protect profit margins.” 

Bibby Financial Services Ireland (BFSI) is a leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to Irish SME’s.

A member of the Asset Based Finance Association, Bibby Financial Services Ireland’s funding portfolio includes invoice discounting, factoring, export finance, foreign exchange services and specialist funding for a range of sectors.

Bibby Financial Services Ireland is part of Bibby Financial Services Group, an independent financial services partner to over 10,000 businesses across 13 countries. The Irish operation was established in 2006 and has an expert team of 30 employees based in Sandyford, Dublin.

For more information about Bibby Financial Services Ireland, please visit:

www.bibbyfinancialservices.ie

The Bibby Financial Services Global Business Monitor 2017 is available here: www.bibbyfinancialservices.ie/global-business-monitor-ireland

 

Find us on Linkedin or follow us on Twitter @BibbyFinanceIE

4site appoints Bartosz Nahajowski as Fibre Programme Director

4site, leaders in designing, building and maintaining network infrastructure for utilities companies and network owners, has appointed Bartosz Nahajowski as Fibre Programme Director.

In this newly created position, Bartosz will direct and coordinate the design and build of all fibre networks for 4site clients. He will particularly focus on implementing a new design driven approach for ‘fibre to the home’ projects in a bid to increase efficiencies for clients such as SIRO, Huawei, Vodafone and others.

Bartosz appointment is part of a significant investment by 4site in fibre technology and resources, including the development of a new ‘Fibre Centre of Excellence’ at company headquarters in Limerick. This facility is unique in Ireland and testament to the focus on the need for increased broadband speeds for both homes and businesses in Ireland and abroad.

To facilitate this focus on fibre, Bartosz has overseen the development of a range of in-house technology and tools, including the recent launch of 4Survey, a customised mobile App developed in conjunction with ESRI Ireland which has resulted in a 50% reduction in data collection time and a 25% reduction in planning and design turn-around time – meaning significant cost and time efficiencies for clients.

Bartosz joined 4site 12 years ago and, in that time, has worked across a number of roles, most recently as Operations Director. Prior to moving to Ireland to join 4site, Bartosz worked as a mechanical engineer designer for the Polish Navy for four years, followed by an 18 month contract in the on and off shore steelworks sector in Spain. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree, and has worked primarily in the utility sector over the last 15 years.

With offices in Limerick, Dublin and the UK, 4site, which employs 80 people, provides innovative engineering solutions for major infrastructural developments in telecommunications, power, renewables and multi-site networks. Their highly skilled in-house technical teams design, survey, build and maintain world-class utilities networks, adapting technology, tools and processes to deliver reliable and future-proofed turnkey services for clients. Clients include Vodafone, SIRO, Cignal, Huawei, Netshare, 2RN (RTE), Three, Ericsson, Nokia and enet.

Established in 2002, 4site works with infrastructure owners and operators of distributed networks to design, deploy, maintain and operate utilities infrastructure across Ireland and the United Kingdom.

With over 15 years’ experience providing turnkey services in the UK and Ireland, 4site has earned a reputation as an independent, trusted partner who innovates, develops services, optimises assets and delivers cost efficiencies. By partnering with world leaders in the industry, 4site provides unparalleled service and quality, ensuring clients successfully meet the challenges presented by the always-evolving technology landscape.

 

For further details, please check out www.4sitenetworks.com

or follow us on Twitter @4siteHQ

 

Winners of Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 revealed

Winners include Bernard MacLaverty, Marian Keyes, Ruth Fitzmaurice, Fergal Keane, John Connolly, Philly McMahon with Niall Kelly, Sarah Webb with illustrator Steve Mc Carthy, Julie Parsons and Darach Ó Séaghdha

 

Bernard MacLaverty, Marian Keyes, Judi Curtin, Rory O’ Connell and Ruth Fitzmaurice were some of the winning authors named at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards held in Dublin this evening. 

Renowned poet Eavan Boland was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award and bestselling children’s author David Walliams was the recipient of the Bord Gáis Energy International Recognition Award – a special award made to international authors who have contributed substantially to the health and wealth of the Irish book-trade. 

Now in its 12th year, the star-studded awards ceremony took place in Dublin’s Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road and was attended by Ireland’s top writers, publishers, booksellers and media personalities including writers Sinéad Moriarty, John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Eoin Colfer, Paul Howard, media personalities Roz Purcell, Ryan Tubridy, Vogue Williams and Caitríona Perry, food writers Rory O’ Connell, Rachel Allen and Neven Maguire and sports stars Shay Given, Philly Mc Mahon, and Colm Cooper.  

Below is the full list of winners for the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017’: 

TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year

  • Atlas of the Revolution – John Crowley, Donál Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Borgonovo (Cork University Press)

National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)

  • A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea – Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood – Sarah Webb illustrated by Steve Mc Carthy (The O’ Brien Press)

National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)

  • Stand by Me – Judi Curtin (The O’ Brien Press)

Dept 51@Eason Teen / Young Adult Book of the Year

  • Tangleweed and Brine – Deirdre Sullivan illustrated by Karen Vaughan (Little Island)

Eason Book Club Novel of the Year

  • Midwinter Break – Bernard MacLaverty (Jonathan Cape)

Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year

  • The Break – Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)

Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year

  • The Therapy House – Julie Parsons (New Island Books)

Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year

  • I Found my Tribe – Ruth Fitzmaurice (Chatto & Windus)

Onside Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • Wounds: A Memoir of War & Love – Fergal Keane (Williams Collins)

Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • Motherfoclóir – Darach Ó Séaghdha (Head of Zeus)

EUROSPAR Cookbook of the Year

  • Cook Well, Eat Well – Rory O’ Connell (Gill Books)

Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year

  • The Choice – Philly McMahon with Niall Kelly (Gill Books)

RTÉ Radio 1’s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listener’s Choice Award

  • he: A novel – John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)

Listowel Writer’s Week Irish Poem of the Year

  • Seven Sugar Cubes – Clodagh Beresford Dunne (From the Irish Times)

Writing,ie Short Story of the Year

  • Back to Bones – Christine Dwyer Hickey (Longlisted for Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award)

 

Commenting on this year’s winners, Larry Mac Hale, Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Chairperson, said:

“When you scan the list of award winners, it makes you feel proud to be part of an industry that produces so many great Irish writers. Across all genres, every kind of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books, we’re seeing brand names at the very top of their game. What’s even more encouraging is the number of young writers who are breaking through every year. Irish writing is in good hands and I really hope that more and more people will support them by giving books for Christmas this year.”

Dave Kirwan, Managing Director of Bord Gáis Energy, added,On behalf of Bord Gáis Energy, I’d like to offer my sincerest congratulations to each of the award-winners. Across all categories, we have seen just why Irish literature is held in such high regard around the world. The 2017 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards have shown, yet again, that we in Ireland are blessed with a huge amount of literary talent, so to receive one of these awards is a significant achievement indeed. The quality of the shortlisted entries across each of the categories was incredibly high, and I hope that this year’s event will inspire those who perhaps didn’t win an award this year to enter again in the coming years.  Finally, I’d like to sincerely thank Alastair Giles and the organising committee, and my own team in Bord Gáis Energy, for all of their hard work in bringing this year’s event to such a successful conclusion.”

This year, in excess of 50,000 readers and book lovers made their voices heard and voted to select the winners in each category. From tomorrow (29th November 2017), the public can vote for their overall ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year’ by going to www.bgeirishbookawards.ie. Voting is open until midday on 15th December and anyone who votes is in with the chance of winning €100 in National Book Tokens. Previous winners of the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year’ include Mike Mc Cormack for Solar Bones, Louise O’ Neil for Asking for It, Mary Costello for Academy St, Donal Ryan for The Spinning Heart, Michael Harding for Staring at Lakes, and Belinda McKeon for Solace.

This year’s awards ceremony was presented by Keelin Shanley and Evelyn O’ Rourke, with each winning author interviewed by RTÉ’s Evelyn O’ Rourke in the Bord Gáis Energy Green Room. These interviews, along with highlights from the awards ceremony, will be broadcast on RTÉ One during the primetime slot of 9:30pm on Wednesday, 29th November 2017.

 

For further information, please log on to the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards website

www.bgeirishbookawards.ie

 

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The Ireland edition of The Times teams up with Starbucks this Christmas to raise funds for the Irish Youth Foundation

Purchase a coffee in Starbucks, receive a free copy of the Ireland edition of The Times and a donation will be made to the Irish Youth Foundation to help disadvantaged children

 

The Ireland edition of The Times is teaming up with Starbucks this Christmas to raise funds for the Irish Youth Foundation, the organisation that helps children living in disadvantaged circumstances.

When a customer purchases a coffee in a Starbucks store, a donation will be made to the Irish Youth Foundation and the customer will also receive a complimentary copy of the Ireland edition of The Times. There will be dedicated staff in 73 Starbucks stores across the country to hand out copies of the newspaper. Customers can also text Lapland to 50300 to donate €4 and enter a draw to win a family holiday to Lapland with Sunway Holidays.

The offer, which takes place on Wednesday 29 November, Thursday 30 November, Friday 1 December and Saturday 2 December, will ensure Starbucks customers are well informed on the local and international stories that matter – while also contributing to a very worthy cause.

The activity is being supported by an advertising campaign in the Ireland edition of the Times and on the radio station Dublin’s Q012. A co-ordinated social media campaign by all promotion partners is also scheduled.

Kate Gleeson, Marketing and Sales Manager, The Times and The Sunday Times, Ireland says: “Coffee and news are perfect partners. This association offers customers an opportunity to sip a Starbucks and read great journalism in the Ireland edition of The Times, while also contributing to a very worthy cause. The Irish Youth Foundation does fantastic work nationwide and we are delighted to be in a position to support them this Christmas.”

Sabina Cotter, Head of Grants and Programmes with the Irish Youth Foundation, says: “News Ireland and Starbucks have been long term generous supporters of our cause and we are delighted to partner with Sunway Holidays this year with this seasonal promotion to win a family holiday to Lapland in 2018. Customers can enter the competition in their local Starbucks or by text donation*.” 

The Ireland Edition of The Times offers readers an in-depth and authoritative mix of news, business, politics and sport as well as insightful opinion and analysis. The publication delivers a well-balanced perspective on local and international stories as well as offering a range of diverse and thought provoking views and opinions from top columnists such as Anne Marie Hourihane, Lise Hand, Cormac Lucey, Jason O’Mahony and satirist Colm Tobin.  

The print edition of the Ireland edition of The Times is on shelves from Monday to Saturday, while the digital edition is available via tablet app, smartphone app or on www.thetimes.ie. 

The Irish Youth Foundation exists to make a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people. 30% of children live in deprived households in Ireland (Unicef 2016). These are the children the IYF seeks to help and open up opportunities otherwise unavailable. Achievement starts with opportunity for these young people. The organisation funds and develops projects and programmes across the island of Ireland to support children and young people who need help.

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality arabica coffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through an unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup.

 

For more details on The Ireland Edition of The Times ,

check out www.thetimes.ie or follow us on @thetimesIE

For more details on Starbucks, check out www.starbucks.ie 

For more details on the Irish Youth Foundation, check out www.iyf.ie

Irish charities rewarded for IMPACT they make in their local communities at GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017

  • Awards programme recognises and rewards Ireland’s “unsung healthcare heroes” who make a real difference to health and wellbeing in their locality
  • Five winners each receive €10,000 while five runner-up charities receive €2,000 each

 

Five Irish charities were named as winners of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017, with each organisation receiving €10,000 in unrestricted funding.

The awards, now in their third year, are designed to recognise and reward community-based charities who contribute to the improvement of people’s health and wellbeing in Ireland, as well as acknowledge the positive outcomes these charities have on patients and their local community.

In addition to the €10,000 prize money, each winning charity also receives a video and photography package for their use in promoting their work and services.

The five winning charities named at the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017 were:

  • 22Q11 Ireland Support Group Limited – The national Irish charity for individuals and families affected by 22q11.2 deletion/DiGeorge Syndrome/V.C.F.S
  • Blue Teapot Theatre Company – Blue Teapot is a multi-award winning Theatre Company, Performing Arts School and Outreach programme for people with intellectual disabilities at the forefront of arts and disability in Ireland. They are committed to high quality theatre, training and the celebration of creativity.
  • Down Syndrome Centre – The Down Syndrome Centre provides specialist services such as early intervention, speech and language therapy, parent and baby classes to children with Down syndrome.
  • Irish Men’s Shed Association – The Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) is a member-based organisation which exists to maintain links and share information through the network of men’s sheds in Ireland, ensuring men have the opportunity to maintain and improve their well-being on their own terms and within their own communities.
  • Sexual Health Centre – Based in Cork, the Sexual Health Centre provides information and support on sexual health without judgement.

 

Five runner-up charities will receive €2,000 each as part of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017. They are:

  • Alcohol Forum – The only alcohol charity in Ireland working at community level to reduce alcohol consumption levels through the implementation of best practice/needs led/structured activity on community mobilisation and community action on alcohol.
  • Coeliac Society of Ireland – Provides information and support to people diagnosed with coeliac disease throughout Ireland. They create awareness of coeliac disease, its symptoms and how to live healthy on a gluten-free diet.
  • Spinal Injuries Ireland – Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) is the only support and service agency in Ireland for people who have sustained a spinal cord injury and their families. Providing person centred service to assist people to engage fully in society.
  • Turn2Me – A website that helps people to get help. The site lets people know that they are not alone and facilitates a safe online community space that allows people to open up and reach out for help.
  • Wexford Mental Health Association – Wexford Mental Health Association promotes positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities and supports existing mental health services in County Wexford.

 

The GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards have been running in the UK and USA for nearly 20 years and is in its third year in Ireland. Charities are required to undertake a lengthy and strict entry process for the awards, which includes a review and presentation of their financials, governance, services and membership growth over the previous twelve months, allowing judges to understand the worthy service and care they provide along with their commitment to transparency, patient focus, integrity and respect – all values that mirror GSK’s culture.

The GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017 were judged by a multidisciplinary panel of professionals that included Maurice Pratt, Chair of Barretstown, former Tánaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney, and Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel.

CEO of The Wheel, Deirdre Garvey and judging panel member commented: “Community-based healthcare charities are uniquely positioned to help communities experiencing disadvantage and poor health outcomes identify the issues that influence their well-being and to develop and implement solutions. The GSK IMPACT Awards provide much-needed support and recognition for these organisations”. 

Jacinta Collins, Communications Director for GSK said: “Supporting local healthcare charities is a vital part of GSK’s mission to help people do more, feel better and live longer.   All of the charities shortlisted in this year’s GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards, operate with purpose and passion to improve people’s health and wellbeing in their community.  We have been inspired and moved by our winners and the huge contribution they are making to Irish health.”

For more information, please visit http://ie.gsk.com/ie/responsibility/health-for-all/gsk-ireland-impact-awards/

 

Homeless crisis to be discussed by eight European front line organisations at seminar organised by Sophia, Midlands Simon Community and SMES Europa

  •  Minister Eoghan Murphy T.D, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, opens seminar
  • Sophia’s ‘Housing First’ model believes long term solution to homelessness is a home for life – not just a bed for a night

Sophia, the organisation that supports families, couples and individuals as they emerge from the traumatic experience of homelessness, and their collaborative partner, Midlands Simon Community, will today welcome eight front line organisations from seven European countries to Ireland to participate in a series of project visits, workshops and seminars around the issue of homelessness.

Discussing the theme ‘Responding to the current homeless crisis: Challenges and Solutions’, the delegation is meeting in Dublin and Athlone this week to exchange international models of best practice and share ideas on how to effectively support people emerging from homelessness.

The representatives are from the SMES Europa network, a European wide network of organisations working with people who are homeless and socially excluded as well as those who present with mental health support needs. Sophia and the Midlands Simon Community are both members of the organisation.

Sophia, which was founded 20 years ago by Jean Quinn DW and Eamonn Martin, provides an alternative approach to ending homelessness through it’s ‘Housing First’ model. The organisation was established out of recognition that hostels and shelters wouldn’t end the homelessness crisis, and what was needed was a caring, compassionate response that supported people to have a home of their own as quickly as possible.

Sophia’s ‘Housing First’ model focuses on not only providing a home, but recognising the support needs of people who are recovering from homelessness. The organisation owns and manages a range of homes in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Sligo and now works with over 500 families, couples and individuals at any one time.

The delegation will this week visit a number of projects across Dublin and the Midlands including Sophia Sean McDermott Street, where Sophia has provided support to 36 people who were long term homeless and with complex support needs. Other agencies may have been reluctant to offer homes to these people due to high probability they would relapse into homelessness again. However, nearly 18 months after opening, 33 out of the original 36 people in the Sophia Sean McDermott Street project are still living in their own homes. This is above the national average and on a par with the best outcomes anywhere in the world.

Attending the seminar this week are:

  • Sophia / Midlands Simon Community
  • Caritas Warsaw
  • UDENFOR Copenhagen
  • Fondazione Istituto Andrea Devoto Florence
  • Psychiatric Hospital in Lisbon
  • SMES-Belgium
  • SMES Italy
  • Sant Joan de Deu Psychiatric Hospital in Barcelona

Travelling with the delegation are renowned practitioners such as Dr Preben Brandt, a highly respected service provider with UDENFOR Copenhagen in Denmark, and the respected community psychiatrist Dr Antonio Bento from the Central Psychiatric Hospital in Lisbon.

The seminar was formally opened on Wednesday morning – by Eoghan Murphy T.D, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and included presentations from:

  • Jean Quinn D.W, Founder of Sophia and Executive Director of Unanimity International
  • Eileen Gleeson, Director of the Dublin Regional Housing Executive
  • Dr Bernie O’Donoghue Hynes, Head of Research at the Dublin Regional Housing Executive
  • Paul Gilligan, CEO of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

On Friday 27 October, the event will move to Athlone where Midlands Simon Community will host visits to Slí Nua and EAS Athlone and a range of contributors, including Ciarán Cannon T.D., Minister for the Diaspora and International Development, will speak about regional homelessness.

Minister Eoghan Murphy T.D, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, says:

“As a society we have to respond to the needs of people that are homeless. In the Budget earlier this month, the Government allocated €116 million for homelessness which is an increase of €18m. We must also to look at innovative models to improve homeless services, and I commend the collaborative approach of Sophia and the Midlands Simon Community for hosting the SMES Europa seminar for the first time in Ireland.”  

Jean Quinn D.W, Founder of Sophia, says: “It is an honour for Sophia in conjunction with the Midlands Simon Community to host likeminded organisations from across Europe. Little did we think when we established Sophia 20 years ago this year that we would have organisations coming to Sophia to learn from how we have supported people to recover from homelessness.  

In particular, we are proud of Sophia Sean McDermott Street, where we have provided support to 36 people who were long term homeless and with complex support needs. The fact that 33 out of the original 36 people are still living in their own homes outlines that the Sophia model is effective in supporting the most marginalised people in society and it reinforces the need for the state to not only to provide housing but to provide the funding to ensure people receive the support they require.” 

Tony O’Riordan, CEO of Sophia Housing, says: “Sophia has always sought to support people with not only a need for housing but those who also have multiple needs and these needs have been accentuated by the experience of being homelessness. Sophia has, over the last 20 years, developed a model that creates the therapeutic environment that successfully supports permanent recovery from homelessness and hundreds of people have left the instability of homelessness and moved to the security of their own home because of being supported by Sophia. We are delighted to share this model with other service providers in Ireland and across Europe”

For more information about Sophia, please visit www.sophia.ie
Find us on Facebook or Twitter @sophia_housing 
For more information about the Midlands Simon Community, please visit www.midlandssimon.com/
Find us on Facebook or Twitter @midlandssimon  
For more information about SMES Europa, please visit
www.smes-europa.org

 

Healthcare heroes that are making an IMPACT – 2017 shortlist revealed for annual GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards

  • Up to five winning charities will receive €10,000 each, with five runner-up charities to receive €2,000 each
  • Awards designed to champion and reward the unsung heroes among small Irish healthcare charities

Ten charities across Ireland have been shortlisted for the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017, which are designed to recognise and reward small to medium community-based charities nationwide doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing while also making a real difference to local communities.

The shortlisted charities are:

  • 22Q11 Ireland Support Group Limited
  • Alcohol Forum
  • Blue Teapot Theatre Company
  • Coeliac Society of Ireland
  • Downs Syndrome Centre
  • Irish Men’s Shed Association
  • Sexual Health Centre
  • Spinal Injuries Ireland
  • Turn2Me
  • Wexford Mental Health Association

*More details on each charity are listed below

This is the third year of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards and is an expansion of the global healthcare company’s IMPACT Awards programme which has been running in the UK and USA for over 20 years.

Up to five winning Irish charities will receive €10,000 each in unrestricted funding, while five runner-up charities will receive €2,000 each. In addition to the prize money, winning charities will also receive a video and photography package to use in promoting their work and services.

Charities are required to undertake a lengthy and strict entry process for the awards, which includes a review and presentation of their financials, governance, services and membership growth over the previous twelve months allowing judges to understand the worthy service and care they provide along with their commitment to transparency, patient focus, integrity and respect – all values that mirror GSK’s culture.

The GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017 will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel of professionals which includes Maurice Pratt, Chair of Barretstown, former Tánaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney, and Deirdre Garvey, CEO of the Wheel.

The winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Dublin on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 and the highly anticipated event is an excellent opportunity for each charity to raise awareness of their worthwhile work and services.

Jacinta Collins, Communications Director for GSK said: “I’d like to congratulate all the wonderful charities who have made the final shortlist in this year’s GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards. We received 100 entries this year which made it very difficult to whittle it down to the final 10.  

Healthcare charities tackle some of society’s most difficult, often overlooked challenges. GSK wants to champion these charities, so many of whom are at the heart of Irish health and wellbeing, and support them in continuing their great work. Previous GSK Ireland IMPACT Award winners show that it is possible to run a small charity well while making a huge IMPACT in communities. Last year we found 10 truly inspirational charities and we are so proud to have helped them continue and expand their support. We’re looking forward to announcing this year’s winners and getting to know each of the shortlisted charities.”

The Irish healthcare charities on the GSK IMPACT Awards 2017 shortlist are:

  • 22Q11 Ireland Support Group Limited – The national Irish Charity for individuals and families affected by 22q11.2 deletion/DiGeorge Syndrome/V.C.F.S
  • Alcohol Forum – The only alcohol charity in Ireland working at community level to reduce alcohol consumption levels through the implementation of best practice/needs led/structured activity on community mobilisation and community action on alcohol.
  • Blue Teapot Theatre Company – Blue Teapot is a multi-award winning Theatre Company, Performing Arts School and Outreach programme for people with intellectual disabilities at the forefront of arts and disability in Ireland. They are committed to high quality theatre, training and the celebration of creativity.
  • Coeliac Society of Ireland – Provide information and support to people diagnosed with coeliac disease throughout Ireland. They create awareness of coeliac disease, its symptoms and how to live healthy on a gluten-free diet.
  • Down Syndrome Centre – The Down Syndrome Centre provides specialist services such as early intervention, speech and language therapy, parent and baby classes to children with Down syndrome.
  • Irish Men’s Shed Association – The Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) is a member-based organisation which exists to maintain links and share information through the network of men’s sheds in Ireland, ensuring men have the opportunity to maintain and improve their well-being on their own terms and within their own communities.
  • Sexual Health Centre – Based in Cork, The Sexual Health Centre provides information and support on sexual health without judgement.
  • Spinal Injuries Ireland – Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) is the only support and service agency in Ireland for people who have sustained a spinal cord injury and their families. Providing person centred service to assist people to engage fully in society.
  • Turn2Me – A website that helps people to get help. The site lets people know that they are not alone and facilitates a safe online community space that allows people to open up and reach out for help.
  • Wexford Mental Health Association – Wexford Mental Health Association promotes positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities and supports existing mental health services in County Wexford.

 

For more information, please visit http://ie.gsk.com/ie/responsibility/health-for-all/gsk-ireland-impact-awards/

 

David Walliams to receive Bord Gáis Energy ‘International Recognition Award’ at the BGE Irish Book Awards 2017

The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards televised show moves

to a new 9.30pm primetime slot on RTÉ One

 

David Walliams, the mega-selling children’s author, will be presented with the ‘International Recognition Award’ at this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards ceremony which takes place in Dublin on 28th November 2017.

Walliams will receive the accolade in recognition of his significant contribution to children’s literature in the past decade. The author joins a roll-call of previous recipients of the ‘International Recognition Award’, which include Jilly Cooper, Jeffrey Archer and Bill Bryson.

“This is delightful news,” said Walliams. “I am so pleased that my friends in Ireland have given me this huge honour. I love writing books for children and will continue doing so for as long as people want to read them.” 

David Walliams is a global phenomenon in the world of publishing and his books have revolutionised reading for children. His ability to wow fans is unprecedented with global sales exceeding 20 million copies and his books translated into 53 languages.

With two Irish number-one bestselling titles already under his belt this year (Blob and World’s Worst Children 2), Walliams is on track for continued chart-busting success as HarperCollins release his 10th novel, Bad Dad (out 2nd November), illustrated by the amazing Tony Ross.

The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, which is the biggest event in the Irish literary calendar, brings together the entire literary community – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to celebrate the very best of Irish talent. Some of the biggest and most popular domestic and international writers have graced the Irish Book Awards stage including Seamus Heaney, William Trevor, Anne Enright, John Banville, John Montague, Edna O Brien, JP Donleavy, Maeve Binchy, Graham Norton, Cecelia Ahern, John Boyne, Marian Keyes and Paul Howard.

This year, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards show, presented by Keelin Shanley, will be televised on RTÉ One during the primetime slot of 9:30pm the evening after the event – Wednesday 29th November. The number of award categories will increase to 15 this year, with the introduction of the Dept 51@Eason Teen/Young Adult Book of the Year.

Speaking about the new primetime slot for the televised Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards show, Aifric Ní Chianáin, Executive Producer Arts, RTÉ, says: “RTÉ are delighted to celebrate another year of great Irish writing and to bring the achievements of our extraordinarily talented writers to the attention of as wide an audience as possible by broadcasting the awards in such a primetime slot.”

The shortlist of nominations for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 will be announced on 2nd November at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

This year, Bord Gáis Energy has also reluctantly announced their departure as title sponsor of the Irish Book Awards after an extremely fruitful eight-year partnership. Their sponsorship will end after this year’s event. Bord Gáis Energy is pleased, however, to remain involved in the initiative by retaining sponsorship of the Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year category.

Larry Mac Hale, current Chairman of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, says: “We’re delighted to be welcoming David Walliams to the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards this November and we’re thrilled that the awards highlights show will now be televised on RTÉ One at the primetime showing of 9.30pm on Wednesday 29th November. I would also like to thank Bord Gáis Energy for their support of the Irish Book Awards over the past eight years. BGE has helped fan the flame of literature far and wide, helping to create the wonderful event we have today. We thank all of those at BGE for their support and dedication and we are delighted that they are continuing their involvement through sponsorship of the Sports Book of the Year category. We now look to a new partner to continue our development and reach as many readers as possible.”

Dave Kirwan, Managing Director of Bord Gáis Energy, says: Bord Gáis Energy originally came on board to support the Irish Book Awards back in 2010. Over the past eight years, we’ve been pleased to have played some small part in helping to raise and maintain the profile of Irish literature in Ireland and abroad, and today’s well-deserved award to David is a fine example of that.  We’ve seen real value in supporting the awards. However, as our business has changed, so too has our commercial focus, and it is with some reluctance that we’ve decided to relinquish our headline sponsorship of the Irish Book Awards. We’ll continue to support the Awards through our sponsorship of the Sports Book of the Year category and we look forward to seeing the initiative continue to grow and we would like to wish the team the very best for the future. Irish literature is in good hands.”

The Irish Book Awards is currently in discussions to source a new headline sponsor for 2018, with negotiations now taking place. All enquiries should be made to Alastair Giles, Director of the Irish Book Awards. He can be contacted at alastair@agile-ideas.com

 

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