Boyne Brewhouse launches ‘Winter Warmers’ limited edition craft beer range

Boyne Brewhouse craft beers are brewed with passion in the heart of the Boyne Valley at Drogheda’s Boyne Brewhouse and Boann Distillery

Boyne Brewhouse, the craft brewery based in Drogheda, have launched a limited edition ‘Winter Warmers’ three bottle Irish craft beer range to enjoy as the days draw shorter and the festive season approaches.

Stout season beckons and two new beers have been brewed as companions to the multi award winning Imperial Stout, named “Best Beer in Ireland” at the 2018 Alltech Craft Beer Awards. The brewing team at the Boyne Brewhouse looked to the brewing traditions of Belgium and England respectively for the beer styles and all three beers embody the spirit of Winter, cold nights, celebrations, good company and fireside conversation.

The 330ml bottle ‘Winter Warmers’ collection consists of:

  • Imperial Stout 10.8% – multi award-winning barrel aged stout. Complex, dark and rich, the aroma offers some roast coffee and cocoa nib with a hint of both sherry and whiskey notes
  • Belgian Dubbel 8% – Malty, rich, caramel. Rich deep brown coloured beer with ruby overtones and a malty aroma complemented by a delicate bouquet of dark fruits, chocolate and caramel
  • Winter Ale 8% – Rich, dark, warming. Luxurious caramel tones with lots of chocolate and coffee notes

*Full tasting notes are below

Richard Hamilton, Boyne Brewhouse Head Brewer, says: “We take great pride in ensuring that we use only the best ingredients and our own Boyne Valley spring water in brewing all our craft beers. A lot of time has been taken to experiment and perfect our recipes and the interesting limited edition styles we have released are testament to the quality of these ingredients, brewing styles and inspirations.” 

Boyne Brewhouse Winter Warmers Collection – Tasting Notes:

  • Imperial Stout 10.8% RRP €4.60 – Limited Edition

Complex, dark, rich. Deep black with a tan coloured head. The aroma offers some roast coffee and cocoa nib with a hint of both sherry and whiskey notes.

A rich mellow taste on the palate with coffee and bitter chocolate from the dark roasted malt. The high alcohol content is balanced by the malt and intense sherry barrel flavours.

The rich full body finishes with the slightest hint of dry Oloroso Sherry fruit.

Aging for four months in Oloroso Sherry Casks which has held “The Whistler” range of Single Malt whiskeys for 2+ years has extracted complex vanilla and spice notes to this special edition Imperial Stout.

Awards:

  • Best Beer in Ireland Alltech Craft Beer Awards 2018
  • Gold Medal Alltech Craft Beers Awards 2018
  • Ireland Winner World Beer Awards 2018
  • Best Barrel Aged Craft Beer Irish Whiskey Awards 2017
  • Gold Medal Dublin Alltech Craft Beer Awards 2017
  • 1 star Great Taste Award 2017
  • Belgian Dubbel 8% RRP €4.25 – New Limited Edition
    Malty, Rich, Caramel. This abbey style ale is a rich deep brown coloured beer with ruby overtone.

A deliciously malty aroma is complemented by a delicate bouquet of dark fruits, chocolate and caramel. A slight pepperiness finishes the palate of this special brew dark beer.

  • Winter Ale 8% RRP €4.25 – New Limited Edition
    Rich, dark, warming. This malt forward winter warmer has luxurious caramel tones from the use of both light and dark crystal malt. The beautiful creamy mouthfeel is exceptionally balanced due to the use of traditional English hops in the recipe.

Lots of chocolate and coffee notes help round out the fresh and clean palate of this winter solstice brew.

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The Boyne Brewhouse range is available on draught in selected pubs and stocked in 500ml bottle, 330ml bottle and 330ml can in O Briens Fine Wines, Molloys, Mortons, Drinkstore of Stoneybatter, Baggot Street wines, Redmonds of Ranelagh, Wines on the Green,Savages of Swords, Joyces Supermarkets Galway, Next Door and Carry Out Off Licences nationwide, O’Donovans Cork, Tesco, Super Valu and Centra Stores, Lidl, Spar, Mace, Eurospar and Londis stores nationwide.

GSK partners with WIT Calmast to launch STEM ambassador programme for Science Week 2018

Initiative builds on a range of GSK activities to encourage young people into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths

In advance of Science Week 2018, GSK, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, has joined forces with Waterford Institute of Technology’s STEM Outreach Centre – Calmast, to launch its STEMreach programme. The initiative will see 14 GSK employees from its manufacturing site in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, who have trained to become STEM ambassadors, deliver a programme promoting science and technology to students in local secondary schools in Waterford.

GSK employs 1,700 people across four locations in Ireland – Cork, Dublin, Sligo and Waterford – and the programme will initially be rolled out to students in second and fifth year in the Ardscoil and Augustinian Friary secondary schools in Dungarvan.

The ambassadors have received specialist science communicator training from Calmast, and will visit each class over a three-month period, commencing during Science Week, which runs from 11th-18th November 2018.

The ambassadors will give students an overview of the variety of STEM careers available, and share their varied career paths; they will also invite the students to participate in some simple experiments and invite the schools on a tour of the GSK manufacturing site, which has been producing pain relief and denture care products at its facility in Dungarvan for more than 30 years. 

Marie Duffy, Technical Director at GSK Dungarvan, says:

“A qualification in science can offer access to some of the most exciting and interesting career opportunities going. Through our new STEMreach programme, GSK ambassadors will work closely with students in the classroom and encourage them to explore the variety of careers that exist in a business like ours – from material science through to packaging technology.

“This programme is the next step for GSK in terms of supporting local communities and inspiring Ireland’s next generation of innovators.”

Dr Sheila Donegan, Director of Calmast at WIT, says:

WIT ‘s STEM Outreach Centre – Calmast plays a key role in promoting the southeast as a leading centre for Irish excellence in STEM. We’re delighted to be partnering with GSK so that local students will benefit from its ambassadors’ real-world experience and expertise to demonstrate the diversity of opportunities that exist within STEM. 

The programme builds on a number of established GSK initiatives to nurture the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians. These include hosting visits from local primary school children at GSK facilities, partnering with UCC to deliver the STEAM ‘Engineering in a Box’ programme to encourage primary school girls and boys to consider engineering as a career path, and an apprenticeship scheme and summer placements/internships at the Cork, Dungarvan and Sligo sites.

Russell Macpherson, Technical Director, GSK Sligo says: “STEM equips our young people with the skills required to think critically, innovate, problem-solve and adapt to a changing world. At GSK Sligo, we support STEM education through local secondary schools and third level collaborations that give students the opportunity to visit the site and experience STEM in action, or undertake STEM-related project placements as part of their education. We are always delighted to see the enjoyment students get from engaging with a global company that is science-driven.”

Siobhan Creedon, Technical Development Director, GSK Cork says: “Science Week is a great opportunity to engage young people in STEM and give an overview of the breadth of career opportunities available to both men and women. While our gender balance across science and engineering here in GSK Cork is good, across the sector women are under-represented and it is especially important to encourage girls from a young age. It’s not just the fun experiments that can capture imaginations – we need to show primary school girls and boys how important science and engineering are in the world we live in, and how they can drive the development of new medicines, and potentially change lives.”

 

Tabú, a landmark series on the harsher aspects of Irish society, launches on TG4 in November

  • Tabú consists of hour long documentaries on Domestic Violence, Rural Decline, Medicinal Cannabis, Online Shaming, Sacrificial Sporting Injuries and Random Acts of Violence
  • Actor, presenter and 2FM DJ Eoghan McDermott to author an episode on Random Acts of Violence
  • First episode will be screened on TG4 on Wednesday November 7 at 9.30pm

Midas Productions, a leading factual television production company based in Dublin, has announced the launch of their new landmark series for TG4.

Tabú is a series of standalone hour-long documentaries which deals with topics from Random Acts of Violence to Online Shaming, from Rural Decline to Domestic Abuse.

Contributors discuss their experiences and explore how these events, beyond their own control, have changed their lives forever. As well as delving into the issues, the contributors attempt to understand what compels people to act in such ways.

These poignant, and often thought-provoking, films encourage the viewer to reflect on the subject matter and consider the effects on our society. Contributors include 2FM’s Eoghan McDermott, who himself was the victim of a Random Acts of Violence, Medicinal cannabis campaigner Vera Twomey and slam poet and blogger Ciara Ní É.

Episode 1: Foréigean Gan Choinne  / Random Acts of Violence

TX November 7, 2018

Eoghan McDermott goes on a journey based on personal experience to explore the increasingly prevalent and disturbing culture of random acts of violence in Ireland and the enduring effects they have on victims and their families.

 

Episode 2: Bánú / Rural Decline 

TX November 14, 2018

This beautifully paced and insightful documentary is a tale of two villages; Ballylongford and Kiltyclogher are both battling for survival. One is trying to attract new residents to the village, while the other is falling into further decline. What can be done if anything to stop the growing phenomenon of rural decline?

 

Episode 3: Ag Teacht Slán / Domestic Violence

TX November 21, 2018

Unheard.  Unprotected.  Unspoken about. Until now. First hand testimonies form an up-close and personal account of domestic abuse and the realities of a life in an abusive relationship.

 

Episode 4: Cinneadh Cannabais / Medicinal Cannabis

TX November 28, 2018

As Ireland stands on the verge of easing access to medicinal cannabis – Dáire Ní Chanáin goes on a very personal and intimate journey to ask if cannabis could really be the new wonderdrug for treating so many illnesses and if CBD, a legal form of cannabis, can help treat her own depression and anxiety. Campaigners Vera Twomey and Noreen O’Neill also contribute to this show.

 

Episode 5: Íobairt Imeartha / Sacrificial Sporting Injuries

TX December 5, 2018

In this revealing documentary, players and ex-players open up and show us what really happens when your body is in conflict with your passion for the game. Are players being swallowed up by the increased demands of modern day GAA?

 

Episode 6: Náire / Online Shaming

TX December 12, 2018

Náire is a documentary about what happens when someone becomes the target and victim of online shaming, and explores the devastating impact it can have on their lives. 

Náire rips off the social media plaster and gets under the skin of online shaming, by exposing real life stories, to reveal the true consequences of this ever increasing shame and blame phenomenon in Ireland today.

From the days of shackling in stocks to sniping in schoolyards, shaming has transcended eras and generations. Today, however, shaming is more democratic and underhanded. All you need is a keyboard and a few online trolls, and the impact for those targeted can be devastating.

 

The series Tabú has been produced as part of an output deal agreed by Midas Productions and TG4 earlier this year. 

Eoghan McDermott, Presenter of ‘Foréigean Gan Choinne’, says:

“This topic is really close to my heart, particularly as I have suffered as the result of this type of unprovoked attack. We need to look at what’s going on in Irish society which allows people to act this way, for no reason and without consequences.” 

Stephen Smith, Series Producer of Tabú, says:

“Midas Productions are delighted to be working with TG4 on a long-term basis and we’re very proud that Tabú is the first production of our collaboration. The series’ contributors have opened up on camera and shared their experiences with the audience in a very honest and authentic way and we would hope it encourages broader conversations across the country.” 

Midas Productions, a leading factual television production company based in Dublin, is dedicated to creating thought-provoking, entertaining, challenging and informative television programming. Past productions have included 13,000,000,000 miles from Birr (RTÉ), Asking For It (RTÉ2), Fir Marú agus Grá (TG4), and The Joy (TV3).

Have you recorded the next Christmas #1 song? Christmas FM want to hear from you…….!

Enter your festive song to be in with the chance of being titled the official

‘Christmas FM Song Contest Winner 2018′ 

Do you think you have written the best Christmas song ever? Well then move over Mariah Carey! If you are a singer or songwriter who would love to hear your song on air, we want to hear from you!

Christmas FM, the hugely popular radio station that raises hundreds of thousands of euro for deserving organisations every year, returns to the airwaves at 1pm on November 28th and the station is looking for entries for their very special Christmas FM Song Contest!

The competition is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring singers or songwriters to be heard by Christmas FM’s national and international audience. Simply write and record your very own Christmas song or cover version and fill out the online entry form at www.christmasfm.com and you could be hearing your song played across the airwaves this Christmas! You can find out all the information you need here, https://christmasfm.com/songcontest/.

Finalists will be announced on air in early December and the winning entry will later be named the Official Christmas FM Song Contest Winner 2018.

 

Closing date for entries is 10pm on Sunday, 2nd December 2018.

 

Christmas FM will be celebrating its 11th year on air this year and, since it began broadcasting, has raised almost €1.5million for a range of charities. The costs of running Christmas FM are covered by various sponsors, ensuring that all on-air fundraising and donations will go directly to Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

 

Christmas FM’s charity partner for 2018 is Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The station is aiming to raise over €200,000 which will go towards giving the gift of life to over 1,000 critically ill babies and children in Temple Street.  Funds raised will purchase new state-of-the-art incubators and ventilators, helping to ensure that sick children have access to the very best paediatric equipment when they need it most.

 

This year, Christmas FM is generously supported by the premier FM sponsors Cadbury, Dunnes Stores and Coca Cola. For the sixth year, Christmas FM will be broadcasting from the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin who have kindly given the studio space for free.

 

Christmas FM is run each year by more than 100 volunteers on-air, devoting hundreds of hours of their time.

Christmas FM is available online at www.christmasfm.com and you can follow the station on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christmasfm.

 

www.christmasfm.com

 

Christmas FM – Bringing You The Magic Of Christmas

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK IS NAMED THE SUNDAY TIMES UNIVERSITY OF THE YEAR

DUBLIN, TALLAGHT AND BLANCHARDSTOWN

SHARE THE SUNDAY TIMES INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR AWARD

 

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UNIVERSITY OF THE YEAR RUNNER-UP SPOT

The University of Limerick has been named The Sunday Times University of the Year and University College Dublin is the runner-up in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. The special 16-page supplement will be published free with The Sunday Times this Sunday, November 4, with a fully searchable website and extended institutional profiles at thesundaytimes.ie/gooduniversityguide for subscribers to The Times and The Sunday Times.

For the first time The Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year award has been shared between three institutions, awarded jointly to Dublin, Tallaght and Blanchardstown ITs.

The guide contains Ireland’s only league table that measures the performance of all 21 multi-faculty third-level institutions. The full rankings will be revealed on Sunday.

The University of Limerick is the University of the Year for the second time since the guide was first published in 2002, having previously won the award for 2015. First founded as the National Institute of Higher Education, Limerick in 1972, it is set to celebrate 30 years as a university in 2019. Graduates benefit from the University’s well-established work placement programme, with every undergraduate degree programme including an industry placement.

Each UL student – regardless of their area of study – undertakes six to eight months on a placement in a range of Irish or international industrial sectors. The University has close relationships with organisations such as Northern Trust, Johnson & Johnson, General Motors and biotechnology giant Regeneron.

The University maintains extremely high entry standards, with first-year students boasting the fourth-highest average number of Leaving Certificate points (460), and 89% continuing on to their second year – placing the university joint-fourth on progression rates.

University of Limerick has a noted reputation as a centre of research excellence for robotics, artificial intelligence and data analytics. This has led it to develop an off-site digital district, where the Confirm smart manufacturing centre will be located, a Science Foundation Ireland-funded third level consortium led by the University of Limerick and incorporating 42 industry partner companies.

The University also has the highest proportion of students at any university on Susi (Student Universal Support Ireland) grants and takes seriously its mission to offer third level opportunities to students from all backgrounds in the midwest and beyond, with more than a quarter (28%) of admissions from non-manual, unskilled or semi-skilled socioeconomic groups.

Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “A second success in five years for our University of the Year is well deserved. The University is at the economic heart of this midwest city and the wider region, attracting brains and resources in equal measure. Its graduates are among the most employable in Ireland, prepared for work by practical courses and a work placement and internship programme second to none, which spans 1,600 employers at home and overseas. 

“The University of Limerick’s excellent results in the annual Irish Survey of Student Engagement suggest its students appreciate their good fortune to be studying at an institution with both an excellent academic reputation and an eye firmly on the working world, for which it prepares its students so well.” 

Dr Desmond Fitzgerald, President of the University of Limerick, expressed his delight in winning the University of the Year title. “It raises the profile of the university hugely – among students, among the funders, among our industry partners. It raises the recognition internationally and our ability to attract students into the institution, so it’s fantastic.”

University College Dublin (UCD) is the runner-up for the University of the Year award in the new edition of The Sunday Times Good University Guide. The University is Ireland’s largest third-level institution and claims to have Europe’s largest urban campus.

UCD attracts a remarkable 30% of all overseas students based in Ireland, and, with student accommodation in increasingly high demand, it is increasing supply in the form of a huge development of 2,178 bedrooms. These facilities will also boast shops and other student village amenities.

In addition, a number of new degree courses have been added to its subject offering from 2018 across the arts, humanities and social sciences, such as city planning and environmental policy, and food business with Chinese.

The University attracts significant investment each year, and has the third highest research income in the country, amounting to €99.7m in 2017. It is also set to benefit from a €22m pledge from the

European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The funding will be used by UCD, working with dairy giant Glanbia, to explore how by-products from the dairy industry can be converted into bio-products such as biodegradable plastics.

For the first time in its history, The Sunday Times Good University Guide has jointly awarded the Institute of Technology of the Year award to three institutions: Dublin, Blanchardstown and Tallaght ITs. The joint award recognises the three institutions that will together form the new Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) from January 1, 2019.

The new joint venture represents the biggest change in Irish third-level education in a generation, instantly becoming one of the largest third-level educators in the country, with some 28,500 students. A huge building programme is currently under way, and once complete TU Dublin will be spread across three campuses, at Grangegorman (DIT), Tallaght (IT Tallaght) and Blanchardstown (IT Blanchardstown).

TU Dublin is the culmination of years of close co-operation between the three institutions and is set to be the first of a number of TUs to be created in the coming years – with a Munster Technological University likely to follow shortly, followed by technological universities in Connacht and the southeast.

Alastair McCall said: “We have never made a joint award for either of our University and Institute of Technology titles before, but the exceptional achievement of getting the first Technological University over the line made an unanswerable case. Several years of thoughtful collaboration and planning have come together to create a potentially game-changing institution. The three institutions have different traditions and are on different scales but will come together to leave an indelible footprint across the capital city with no student too far from one of the three campuses. 

“When complete, the huge investment at Grangegorman, started by DIT, will provide flagship facilities for the new TU. Our award acknowledges the capacity that the new TU has to shake up third level education through inter-disciplinary study in areas key to the economic well-being of the country, while building on the strengths of the three constituent institutes of technology in continuing to make third level as accessible to the widest cross-section of society as possible.” 

Prof Brian Norton, Dr Diarmuid O’Callaghan and Thomas Stone, presidents of DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght respectively, welcomed the award. “We appreciate this joint award for our three institutions. Designation as Ireland’s first Technological University is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for DIT, ITB and ITT.   

“It is the culmination of several years of intensive planning and collaboration between colleagues at all levels across our three institutions and we are continuing to build on that work in preparation for the formal Appointment Day on 01 January 2019.  We now look forward to establishing this new kind of university that offers wide-ranging opportunities for our students and staff and contributes to the social, civic and economic life of Dublin and Ireland.” 

The Sunday Times Good University Guide is now in its 17th year of publication. It provides the definitive rankings for Irish third-level institutions, together with profiles of each institution and a view from students of what it is like to study there. It also contains the first full listing of 2019 degree courses and the first-round entry points needed to access these courses from the recently-completed 2018 admissions cycle.

There is a tablet edition, plus extended online coverage, at www.thesundaytimes.ie/gooduniversityguide, which features fully searchable tables on each of the eight measures on which institutions are ranked, together with extended profiles of each. It also contains full access to the newspaper’s UK university guide published on September 23.

88% of Irish SMEs believe government needs to offer greater support, according to new research from Bibby Financial Services Ireland

The majority of SMEs (80%) plan to invest in their business over the next three months

20% say the UK’s departure from the EU is the biggest challenge they are currently facing

 More than a third of SMEs suffered from a bad debt in the past 12 months 

Almost 9 in 10 Irish SMEs (88%) feel the government should be providing them with more support, according to the latest SME Ireland Confidence Tracker published by Bibby Financial Services Ireland, a leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to Irish SMEs.

Irish SMEs believe that this support should come in the form of tax breaks (81%), a lower VAT rate (78%), additional funding (58%), subsidised staff training (55%) and assistance in growing their company (55%).

Small to medium enterprises in Ireland have returned to investing in their businesses, with 81% of those surveyed saying they have done so in the third quarter of 2018. The key areas for investment are staff training and development (45%), IT (39%), recruitment (39%) and machinery and equipment (25%).

Encouragingly, 80% of SMEs plan to invest in their business over the next three months; in addition to staff training and development (43%), IT (33%) and recruitment (31%), significant areas for investment are new products or services (23%) and overseas trade (14%).

Confidence in the Irish economy among SMEs remains a concern however, with more than a third (36%) claiming that uncertainty around the country’s economic environment is preventing them from investing in their business before the end of 2018. Uncertainty arising from the UK’s departure from the EU is also cause for unease with Irish SMEs; a further 36% say it is a key factor preventing them from investing in their business in Q3. Other barriers to investment include cash flow (36%), rising costs (36%) and the uncertain economic environment within Europe (23%).

Additionally, some Irish SMEs are bracing themselves for uncharted territory, with 20% saying the UK’s departure from the EU is the biggest challenge they are currently facing. Other challenges cited include increased competition from other businesses (14%), late payments from customers (14%), a lack of skilled staff (13%) and rising costs (11%).

More than half of Irish SMEs are planning to take steps in advance of Brexit (56%), with 38% saying they are exploring new markets, 26% are working to diversify their business and a further 24% are getting cash flow in order. 29% of Irish SMEs are however not planning on taking any steps in advance of the March 2019 Brexit deadline.

The SME Confidence Tracker, produced by Bibby Financial Services Ireland, is a national survey of over 200 small and medium sized enterprises across the Republic of Ireland.

The survey also found that almost half (48%) of SMEs saw sales grow in the period of July to September 2018 and a very encouraging 65% expect to see their sales increase over the final three months of the year. A quarter (26%) of SMEs are forecasting sales to remain the same over the next three months.

71% of Irish SMEs utilise on external finance, with more than half (62%) relying on to manage their cash flow. 58% utilise existing company finances and 28% and 25% respectively depend on credit cards and personal savings.

The average number of days for Irish SME’s to receive payment is 33 days and almost a third of SMEs (32%) suffered from bad debt over the past 12 months.

Mark O’Rourke, Managing Director at Bibby Financial Services Ireland, says:  

“Our research shows many positive economic indicators and it’s very encouraging to see Irish SMEs investing in growth and development again.  Despite concerns around the knock-on effect of Brexit, there are some constructive efforts taking place within Irish business, which indicates confidence and a healthy economy for the remainder of 2018.   

One factor that is very clear from this research, is that Irish SMEs are feeling exposed and would like more support from the government. As we approach the end of 2018, we are facing into a number of unknowns economically, namely the UK’s exit from the EU, cash flow issues that SMEs are still facing, the rising costs of running a business in Ireland and other political factors from Europe. 

The government currently has a number of initiatives in place to help SMEs in advance of Brexit including the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland’s Brexit Loan Scheme. The many Irish SMEs facing challenges with funding are perhaps not fully aware of the broad range of funding options available even though many funding solutions, including invoice financing, are far more suited to their needs than traditional lending options. As financiers, we need to ensure that Irish SMEs understand the options available to them.”

Bibby Financial Services Ireland is a leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to Irish SMEs. 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.

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 14 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
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Tabú, a landmark series on the harsher aspects of Irish society, launches on TG4 in November

  • Tabú consists of hour long documentaries on Domestic Violence, Rural Decline, Medicinal Cannabis, Online Shaming, Sacrificial Sporting Injuries and Random Acts of Violence
  • Actor, presenter and 2FM DJ Eoghan McDermott to author an episode on Random Acts of Violence
  • First episode will be screened on TG4 on Wednesday November 7 at 9.30pm

Midas Productions, a leading factual television production company based in Dublin, has announced the launch of their new landmark series for TG4.

Tabú is a series of standalone hour-long documentaries which deals with topics from Random Acts of Violence to Online Shaming, from Rural Decline to Domestic Abuse.

Contributors discuss their experiences and explore how these events, beyond their own control, have changed their lives forever. As well as delving into the issues, the contributors attempt to understand what compels people to act in such ways.

These poignant, and often thought-provoking, films encourage the viewer to reflect on the subject matter and consider the effects on our society. Contributors include 2FM’s Eoghan McDermott, who himself was the victim of a Random Acts of Violence, Medicinal cannabis campaigner Vera Twomey and slam poet and blogger Ciara Ní É.

Episode 1: Foréigean Gan Choinne  / Random Acts of Violence

TX November 7, 2018

Eoghan McDermott goes on a journey based on personal experience to explore the increasingly prevalent and disturbing culture of random acts of violence in Ireland and the enduring effects they have on victims and their families. 

Episode 2: Bánú / Rural Decline 

TX November 14, 2018

This beautifully paced and insightful documentary is a tale of two villages; Ballylongford and Kiltyclogher are both battling for survival. One is trying to attract new residents to the village, while the other is falling into further decline. What can be done if anything to stop the growing phenomenon of rural decline?

Episode 3: Ag Teacht Slán / Domestic Violence

TX November 21, 2018

Unheard.  Unprotected.  Unspoken about. Until now. First hand testimonies form an up-close and personal account of domestic abuse and the realities of a life in an abusive relationship.

Episode 4: Cinneadh Cannabais / Medicinal Cannabis

TX November 28, 2018

As Ireland stands on the verge of easing access to medicinal cannabis – Dáire Ní Chanáin goes on a very personal and intimate journey to ask if cannabis could really be the new wonderdrug for treating so many illnesses and if CBD, a legal form of cannabis, can help treat her own depression and anxiety. Campaigners Vera Twomey and Noreen O’Neill also contribute to this show. 

Episode 5: Íobairt Imeartha / Sacrificial Sporting Injuries

TX December 5, 2018

In this revealing documentary, players and ex-players open up and show us what really happens when your body is in conflict with your passion for the game. Are players being swallowed up by the increased demands of modern day GAA?

Episode 6: Náire / Online Shaming

TX December 12, 2018

Náire is a documentary about what happens when someone becomes the target and victim of online shaming, and explores the devastating impact it can have on their lives. 

Náire rips off the social media plaster and gets under the skin of online shaming, by exposing real life stories, to reveal the true consequences of this ever increasing shame and blame phenomenon in Ireland today.

From the days of shackling in stocks to sniping in schoolyards, shaming has transcended eras and generations. Today, however, shaming is more democratic and underhanded. All you need is a keyboard and a few online trolls, and the impact for those targeted can be devastating.

The series Tabú has been produced as part of a output deal agreed by Midas Productions and TG4 earlier this year.

 

Eoghan McDermott, Presenter of ‘Foréigean Gan Choinne’, says:

“This topic is really close to my heart, particularly as I have suffered as the result of this type of unprovoked attack. We need to look at what’s going on in Irish society which allows people to act this way, for no reason and without consequences.”

 

Stephen Smith, Series Producer of Tabú, says:

“Midas Productions are delighted to be working with TG4 on a long-term basis and we’re very proud that Tabú is the first production of our collaboration. The series’ contributors have opened up on camera and shared their experiences with the audience in a very honest and authentic way and we would hope it encourages broader conversations across the country.”

 

Midas Productions, a leading factual television production company based in Dublin, is dedicated to creating thought-provoking, entertaining, challenging and informative television programming. Past productions have included 13,000,000,000 miles from Birr (RTÉ), Asking For It (RTÉ2), Fir Marú agus Grá (TG4), and The Joy (TV3).

 

Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland releases latest Complaints Bulletin

18 advertisements found to be in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds relating to

Misleading Advertising, Promotion and Recognisability

 The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland’s (ASAI) independent Complaints Committee has released its latest Complaints Bulletin, which contains 18 case reports on complaints recently investigated by the organisation.

18 of the 19 advertisements were found to have been in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds relating to Misleading Advertising, Promotion and Health & Beauty. The advertisements complained of related to Email, Social Media, Online, Direct Mail, Television and Print advertising. One of those upheld related to an intra industry / interested party complaint. The ASAI Complaints Committee chose not to uphold one consumer 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: 

The latest complaints bulletin from the ASAI illustrates our ability to handle complaints across a large number of mediums. The ASAI is committed to protecting consumers in relation to advertising – across all mediums – and our approach is to work with all advertisers to ultimately ensure that all marketing communications are legal, truthful, decent and honest.” 

Professor Bairbre Redmond, Independent Head of the Complaints Committee of the ASAI, says:

“Over the past few years, the Complaints Committee, comprised of independent and industry members, has dealt with a broad range of complaints. The Complaints Committee has also spent considerable time highlighting awareness in relation to advertising best practice within the advertising industry, ensuring all relevant parties are equipped with the knowledge and resources to correctly identify commercial marketing content across their platforms.” 

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

 

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
 

Therapie Clinic

 

Principles/Misleading

Two complaints were received. One complainant said that she considered the advertisement to be misleading as the treatments offered at one cent only applied if a course of six sessions was also booked. Another complainant said that she received a text message advertising the campaign. She said when she rang to inquire about the offer she was told that it only applied to the purchase of another qualifying product, as per the terms and conditions. She said the text message gave the impression that the sale was a standalone offer.

 

In breach of section 2.4©, 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10 and 4.22 of the code.

 

Complaint Upheld

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/health-beauty-24/

ieDepot Principles/Misleading The complainant considered offering customers 5% back on purchases if they provided a 5-star review on products to be essentially paying for good reviews.

 

In breach of section 3.10, 4.1, 4.4 and 4.6 of the code.

 

Complaint Upheld

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/online-retailer-2/

 

eir Principles/Misleading The complainant signed up to an eir Mobile bill pay plan and chose the Samsung S8 Plus as his phone. He waited four days for the phone to arrive and telephoned eir to see where it was. He was advised that the phone was out of stock and had been out of stock for some time. The complainant made further enquiries with eir’s webchat facility who advised him that the phone was in stock, contradicting the information received by telephone, however, he again telephoned eir and was again advised that the phone was out of stock. In the circumstances the complainant considered that the online advertising was misleading as the phone was not marked as being ‘out of stock’

 

In breach of section 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.27, 4.28 (a), (b) and 4.29 of the code.

 

Complaint Upheld

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-67/

eir Principles/Misleading The complainant considered that the results of the eir fibre coverage map for her address were misleading as she was advised by eir that fibre was not available at her address.

In breach of section 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10 and 4.28 (a) of the code.

Complaint Upheld

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-broadband-4/

eir Principles/Misleading The complainant considered that the advertised price promotion of €40 off the phone was misleading as the price of the phone for the plan that they were interested in, Select 1GB, had been priced at €99 for the past number of months, even after the promotion went live.

 

In breach of section 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10 and 5.5 of the code.

 

Complaint Upheld

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-68/

Volkswagen Bank Misleading The complainant received the mailing and brochure in the post and noted the advertised APR of 1.9% for a new Touran.  The complainant said that their last three cars were Tourans and they were aware of the importance of obtaining a low APR.  After ordering their Touran, the complainant noted that their hire purchase agreement included an APR rate of 3.9%.  After querying the matter with Volkswagen, he was told that he was being charged the correct interest rate and that the lower rate only applied to selected models. The complainant considered that the direct mailing and brochure were misleading as they had not included any reference to a higher APR rate of 3.9% being charged which, in his case, would have amounted to a price difference of over €1,200.

 

In breach of section 2.4 ©, 4.1, 4.4, 4.6, 4.9 and 4.10 of the code.

 

Complaint Upheld

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/motoring-25/

eir Misleading The complainant viewed the offer and as an existing eir broadband customer he signed up to a SIM only mobile plan. After signing up he noted that his broadband contract had been extended from 12 to 18 months and that the price of his broadband plan had increased by €21 per month. As there had been no reference to the term and price of an existing broadband plan being changed, the complainant considered that the advertising was misleading.

 

In breach of sections 2.4 ©, 4.1, 4.4, 4.9, and 4.10 of the code.

 

Complaint Upheld

Link:

https://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-70/

Sherborough Enterprises Misleading The complainant considered that the correct address for the properties was Dublin 8 and that advertising the properties’ location as Dublin 2 was misleading

 

In breach of sections 4.1 and 4.4 of the code.

 

Complaint Upheld

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/property-7/

Bia Belle Beauty Misleading Four complaints were received regarding the advertising. The complainants objected to the claim that the mink lashes were ‘cruelty-free’ on the grounds that it was not possible that hair obtained from a mink, a wild animal, could be ‘cruelty-free’ as it was being caged. One complainant referred to the fact that the lashes were imported from China where animal cruelty laws did not compare to those in the EU. One complainant objected to the description of the “Lolly” lashes as faux mink when the advertisers had stated in a conversation on Instagram that the “Lolly” lashes were mink.

 

In breach of section 4.1, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.10 of the code.

 

Complaint Upheld

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/health-beauty-25/

AIB Misleading The complainant considered that the claim that the rate applied to every existing AIB customer was misleading as he was a buy to let mortgage holder and could not avail of the lower rate and this had not been mentioned in the advertisement.

 

In breach of sections 4.1 and 4.4 of the code.

 

Complaint Upheld

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/financial-9/

 

Ben Dunne Gym Misleading The complainant considered that the radio advertisement was misleading as it did not make any reference to a joining fee that applied to monthly memberships. The complainant had noted the reference to terms and conditions applying in the advertisement, however, he considered that the advertisement should have specifically mentioned that a joining fee applied.

 

In breach of sections 4.1, 4.4, and 4.23 of the code.

 

Complaint Upheld

 

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/leisure-14/

eir Misleading/Promotions The complainant considered that the advertising was misleading as he was unaware that the advertised bundle had a contract length of two years. He considered that the impression created by the advertising was that the bundle had a contract length of 1 year. The complainant also stated that, following the link in the advertisement, he had been unable to identify the bundle until contacting the advertiser who advised him that the contract length was for 2 years.

 

In breach of sections 4.1, 4.4 and 5.5 of the code.

 

Complaint Upheld

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-69/

Andrew Beatty Fitness Misleading/Slimming The complainant considered that the advertisers had copied the content of his advertising from another source, including the ‘before’ and ‘after’ images of clients.  The complainant considered that the portrayal of the images implied that the advertisers had trained the people featured and was responsible for the results they had achieved

 

In breach of sections 4.1, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10 and 4.17 of the Code.

 

Complaint Upheld

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/health-beauty-26/

UK Direct Shop Misleading/Health & Beauty and Slimming The complainant considered that the advertisers were making claims without any medical evidence and that the advertising was preying on the vulnerable as he considered it was an expensive product

 

In breach of section 11.1 of the Code.

 

Complaint Upheld

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/health-beauty-27/

Nature and Harmony Misleading/Health and Beauty The complainant challenged the claims that breast massage could reduce the risk of breast cancer, increase breast size and prevented sagging. She considered that the claims had no scientific basis and could not be supported.

In breach of section 11.1 of the Coe.

 

Complaint Upheld

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/health-beauty-28/

Showtime Essential Kitchen Products Promotions The complainant considered that the advertised competition had not been administered correctly as, after entering the competition by posting a photograph and liking and sharing the advertisers’ page as required, they noted that the winner had not been announced by the date referred to in the advertisement and that when the winner was finally announced, it appeared they had not entered the competition correctly as they had not uploaded a photograph, nor commented on the post. The complainant also said that it appeared the winner followed the advertisers’ own personal profile. The complainant referred to a comment by the advertisers that the winner had been picked from all their entries which had consisted of followers and likes and that they would post a picture of the winner in the restaurant concerned in due course.

In breach of sections 5.5, 5.18, 5.36 and 5.37 of the Code.

Complaint Upheld.

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/household-7/

 

The ASAI upheld complaints made by Intra Industry / Interested Parties in the following cases:

 

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
Smovey Health Safety/Misleading/Health & Beauty A physiotherapist who works in private practice has objected to various advertisements for Smovey Health. They believe the website was misleading in terms of what they claimed Smovey Health could cure.

In breach of sections 4.1, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10, 11.1 and 11.5 of the Code.

Complaint was upheld in part

Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/health-beauty-29/

MyRefund.ie Misleading Ryanair made five complaints, objecting to the advertisement on the grounds that it was misleading in not acknowledging its customers’ prior means of seeking redress directly with the airline, gave the impression that MyRefund’s service was more beneficial than it was, that it did not indicate any compensation payable would be net of VAT, and that it was inducing consumers to breach terms previously agreed with Ryanair.

In breach of sections 4.1, 4.2 and 4.4 of the Code.

Two of the five complaints were upheld and a third was upheld in part.

Link:

https://www.asai.ie/complaint/financial-10/

 

 

The following complaint was investigated and following investigation, the ASAI Complaints Committee did not uphold the complaint. The complaint was made by a consumer party:

 

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
Diageo Alcoholic Drinks The complainant objected to the scenes featuring young people at the beach and drinking alcohol at the picnic table. They said that per the ASAI Code it was wrong to feature the consumption of alcohol with any activity relating to water.

 

The executive challenged weather the advertisement complied with Sections 9.1, 9.5 (a) and (b), 9.8 (a) (f) and (g) of the Code.

 

Complaint Not Upheld

 

Link:

https://www.asai.ie/complaint/alcohol-21/

 

 

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

 

Shannon based companies Get the Shifts and Titan Solutions join Guaranteed Irish

Guaranteed Irish, the not-for-profit business membership organisation championing homegrown and international businesses in Ireland, is delighted to announce that Shannon based technology companies Get the Shifts and Titan Solutions have joined the organisation.

Get the Shifts, which was established in 2016, provides temporary staff for bars, restaurants and other hospitality events. The company recruits and trains staff who are then made available to businesses as they need them via the Get the Shifts app. The company plans to recruit 700 people over the next 12 months.

Founded in 2011, Titan Solutions is a supply chain solutions and management company whose suite of service offerings transform supply chains from SMEs to multinationals across all industries. Titan Solutions works with companies in Ireland and around the globe in supply chain management programs, freight and warehousing services, inventory optimisation, and distribution network analysis and design.

Titan also works with American companies on redeveloping their EU business and distribution model. Most recently, they worked with AVTECH, a Rhode Island, USA, based computer hardware developer and manufacturer, in launching a new global distribution centre in Shannon, Co Clare. 

Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish, says she is delighted to welcome Get The Shifts and Titan Solutions to the organisation: “A number of great companies from the Shannon area and wider region are already members of Guaranteed Irish and we are now delighted to welcome Get The Shifts and Titan Solutions on board. Both are growing companies which really demonstrate how technology can be used to solve problems in particular sectors.  

Recruiting and retaining staff has always been an issue in the hospitality sector, and Get The Shifts has come up with a creative and innovative way to crack this problem. Titan Solutions, meanwhile, works with clients to ensure they have the correct supply chain solution in place. Both companies met the criteria to become a member of Guaranteed Irish and they can now proudly display the Guaranteed Irish logo as a badge of honour. We’re really looking forward to working with them in the future.” 

Hannah Wrixon, CEO of Get The Shifts, says:Get the Shifts is a tech-centric staffing solutions organisation which is disrupting the hospitality sector. We are dedicated to quality in all of our offerings and as such are delighted to be awarded the Guaranteed Irish symbol, as this brings another layer of quality and peace of mind to our clients. As we continue to grow and expand, we are happy to do so in conjunction with Guaranteed Irish.”

Paul Collins, Managing Director of Titan Solutions, says:We are very excited to join Guaranteed Irish. They are a driving force in supporting Irish businesses, and we are honoured to have received the Guaranteed Irish symbol. We are the only company in Ireland to offer a unique combination of solutions that enhance businesses entire supply chain. We have exclusive technologies that use existing company data to increase visibility, profitability, and flexibility. Being a part of Guaranteed Irish provides us with a network of indigenous businesses we can introduce our American clients to as they develop their Irish supplier requirements.”

Guaranteed Irish now has over 500 members – indigenous and international – which make a significant contribution to Irish jobs, local communities, and the Irish economy. Guaranteed Irish members employ nearly 50,000 people in Ireland, generating a turnover of €11bn. Guaranteed Irish awards its symbol to companies which create sustainable jobs, contribute to local communities and are committed to Irish provenance.

Other Guaranteed Irish members in the Shannon, Clare and Limerick region include

  • Juspy (Limerick)
  • Ishka Spring Water (Limerick)
  • Tierney’s Office Automation, (Clare)
  • Torpey Hurleys (Clare)
  • Freshtoday (Clare)
  • Kokoon Technology (Clare)
  • Mincon (Clare)
  • Recognition Express (Limerick)
  • CUBE (Limerick)
  • Carambola Kidz (Limerick)
  • CupPrint (Clare)
  • Original Irish Hotels

Membership of the Guaranteed Irish organisation spans all sectors including pharmaceutical; healthcare; technology; construction; energy; professional services; manufacturing; tourism; food and drink; craft and design; retail; and lifestyle. The organisation considers three core criteria when assessing an applicant for membership – jobs, community and provenance.

#AllTogetherBetter

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For more details on Titan Solutions, check out www.titansolutions.ie

For more details on Get the Shifts, check out www.gettheshifts.com

Core launches Ireland’s first ever National Sponsorship Index which ranks Top 50 sponsorships in Ireland and brings total transparency to the sponsorship market

  • Electric Ireland is most impactful sponsor in Ireland for the ‘Darkness into Light’ campaign in partnership with Pieta House
  • Index shows uplift of 70% on commercial metrics for sponsors who get it right
  • Pioneering National Sponsorship Index represents three years of research and testing, and combines academic rigor with sponsorship expertise

 Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company, has launched the National Sponsorship Index (NSI), Ireland’s first ever benchmark for sponsorship effectiveness. The NSI sets a national standard for sponsorship, weighted against commercial impact and rated by those who matter most – the fans.

Measuring the vitality, potency and effectiveness of the Top 50 marquee sponsorships in Ireland, this pioneering work brings transparency to Ireland’s sponsorship market and shows how sponsorship drives positive business metrics. The NSI is the result of three years of development, testing and analysis by Core, in conjunction with Dr. Tony Meenaghan, Professor of Marketing at the Smurfit Graduate School of Business in UCD and Ireland’s foremost expert in the area of commercial sponsorship.

The Top Three sponsorships in the inaugural National Sponsorship Index, powered by Core, are:

  1. Electric Ireland: Pieta House’s Darkness into Light
  2. SuperValu: Tidy Towns
  3. Aviva: Aviva Stadium

The genre breakdown of the National Sponsorship Index Top 50 is:

  • Sport: 19
  • Music: 11
  • Culture: 10
  • Cause & Community: 5
  • Venue: 5

This non-partisan analysis of the sponsorship market provides marketers with intelligence into sponsorship impact across different business sectors, sponsorship genres and a range of consumer demographics, thus arming marketers with the information they need to understand sponsorship impact on a national scale.

Research assists marketers to drive increased commercial benefits and the National Sponsorship Index specifically provides clarity as to which levers drive commercial impact in sponsorship and how to maximise the effectiveness of these levers.

By pinpointing where sponsorship is delivering for a brand and providing clarity on how commercial impacts can be enhanced and maximised, the index will empower better and more commercially impactful decisions within the Irish sponsorship industry.

The index shows that sponsorships can have an uplifting impact on commercial metrics (+30% growth in performance), and outlines how that uplift is more than doubled (71%) when consumers feel that their experience has been enhanced and / or a benefit has been transferred to the property itself.

That the top two spots in the inaugural National Sponsorship Index are cause and community initiatives demonstrates that sponsors who make genuine and sustained contributions to partnering with important causes generate a deep impact with audiences.

In terms of the Top 50 rankings, music properties feature prominently, especially the Electric Picnic Festival and Longitude. Electric Picnic sponsorships include Electric Ireland, Heineken, Three, Just Eat, Red Bull and Bacardi.

The power of Cultural events as a sponsorship platform is also evident. Aldi, FBD, Bank of Ireland and Eir’s sponsorship of the Ploughing Championship all make it into the Top 50, while film is present via Virgin Media’s sponsorship of the Dublin International Film Festival.

Jill Downey, Managing Director of Core Sponsorship, says: “We have been working on this initiative for almost three years and our aim was to help solve a key challenge for marketers – to demonstrate the commercial impact of sponsorship for Irish brands and to understand how these impacts can be unlocked. We have determined not only that sponsorship has a proven impact on brand metrics, but exactly how to quantify this impact and understand the levers that drive it.  

Our National Sponsorship Index demonstrates that sponsorship has positive impacts on both propensity to purchase and long-term affinity, which are regarded as key metrics for any sponsor. Different categories of brands, properties and fan bases, lead to different levels of commercial impacts, but overall the better a sponsorship is activated, the larger the commercial returns are.” 

For details on the National Sponsorship Index Top 50, please contact Jamie Macken, Deputy Managing Director of Core Sponsorship on jamie.macken@onecore.ie 

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 ninth year running.

Core Sponsorship was voted Best Sponsorship Agency at the 2017 Irish Sponsorship Awards.

 

For further details, please check out https://onecore.ie/NSI

 

@CoreSponsorship

 

@Core_IRL