Notes to Self by Emilie Pine named as the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018

Notes to Self by Emilie Pine, a book written in a collection of vivid and powerful essays, has been voted the ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018’.

The ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018’ was chosen by a public vote from the list of category winners announced at the recent An Post Irish Book Awards. Previous winners of this esteemed award include ‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’ by John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and Dr. John Borgonovo, ‘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 Tramp Press, ‘Notes to Self’ is written as a series of essays, with Pine writing about a variety of aspects of her life including fertility, feminism, sexual violence and depression. She also addresses her personal experience of a family members addiction.

Emilie Pine, Winner of the ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year’ says: I’m delighted and honoured to win Irish Book of the Year. I have been so moved by the generosity and support of readers over the past six months. This award is the kind of validation a writer dreams of – of my story, and also of the vision of my incredible publishers, Tramp Press”.

Maria Dickenson, Chairperson of the An Post Irish Book Awards, says: “Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self was one of the great stories in Irish bookselling in 2018 and I’m delighted that the voting public has chosen it as the An Post Book of the Year.  The power and honesty of Emilie’s essays have captivated readers, and it’s truly gratifying both to see her talent rewarded and to see an Irish publisher like Tramp Press receive this well-deserved recognition”.

 David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, says: “2018 was a huge year for Irish writing and no book illustrates better why An Post is delighted to sponsor the Irish Book Awards: Emilie Pine’s book, a challenging read, is deeply human and Irish, emotional and clever. An Post thanks all the voters for engaging with the Awards in such large numbers.”

The An Post Irish Book Awards 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 the very best of Irish writing talent.

The initiative consists of a range of categories including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry and Teen and Young Adult. This year, a new Irish Language category was added to the roster of awards. It is entitled ‘The Love Leabhar Gaeilge Irish Language Book of the Year’. A one-hour highlight television programme featuring the An Post Irish Book Awards is broadcast on RTÉ One every year.

 

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Insightful analysis into Irish consumers’ digital habits unveiled by Core will help businesses and brands create better digital experiences

Research delves into a ‘day in the life’ of our digital behaviour, with 54 online activities analysed

1 in 5 Irish consumers are currently dissatisfied with brands’ advertising or experience online

One third say Irish websites are really difficult to navigate – but 65% report they discovered a brand online they wouldn’t have found otherwise

31% say they would pay to turn off all online advertising, while 48% say they don’t mind ads as long as they aren’t distracting

 

Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company, has launched a digital insights report which provides up to date and discerning analysis into the behavior of Irish consumers online.

Entitled the Connected Behaviour Map, the research, which was unveiled at an event held in Core this morning, analyses Irish consumers’ digital habits according to three criteria – technology access, behaviours and activities and attitudes towards growth. The bespoke research will help businesses and brands to understand today’s digital and technology behaviours, as well as the attitudes and predictions of growth surrounding technology in the future.

54 consumer behaviours were identified with the ‘day in the life’ of a consumer in mind, with activity ranging from shopping online, listening to live radio, and connecting with family and friends, to finding directions, searching for a home or researching holidays.

  • One key learning for Irish brands is that businesses need to prioritise getting the basics right as 32% of those surveyed reported that many Irish websites are really difficult to navigate and only 74% say it is easy to contact a company online.

The research, which was carried out in November 2018, shows that Irish consumers are overwhelmingly online with 95% of those surveyed stating they owned a smartphone, 92% saying they have access to broadband / Wifi and 85% saying they had access to a laptop or MacBook. Before Christmas, an estimated 15% of households have a ‘voice’ device such as Amazon Alexa (10%), Google Home (8%) and Microsoft Cortana (5%), so 2019 looks like it could be the year for businesses to start considering optimising for Voice Assistants.

From a brands perspective, the Connected Behaviour Map provides significant insights into how consumers engage with advertising and media. The research shows that one in five consumers are currently dissatisfied with brands’ ads or experiences on offer.

31% of those surveyed said they would pay to turn off all online advertising, however over half (56%) say online advertising can be useful to find something new. 48% say they don’t mind ads on websites or mobile apps, as long as the ads don’t cause a distraction. These statistics reinforce that brands who focus on the experience they provide customers, create relevant messages, delivering them in a helpful and non-intrusive way are set to benefit most in the future.

  • The survey’s findings reinforce that digital wins when consumers know what they want – 79% reported that if they know what they are looking for, they search for it online and almost two thirds (65%) say they have discovered a brand online that they would not have otherwise found.

When it comes to some of our daily behaviours, there are changing habits emerging. 80% of those surveyed claim to shop for groceries on a monthly basis, with 41% of them using technology / digital to do this activity. 82% say they pay bills on a monthly basis, with 84% of those choosing to do so online. 94% of those who research medical symptoms say they go online to do so.

Perhaps unsurprisingly for Ireland, 94% of those who check the weather regularly do so online. Although only 12% of the surveyed respondents reported they were looking for a date, 83% of those who did use digital platforms to do so.  

Emer Lawn, Director at Core, says: “The Connected Behaviour Map was created to help test the many assumptions that are made about the Irish population and their habits. If brands continue to do the same thing today, as they have been doing in the past – wastage will start to set in, given that 1 in 5 consumers are currently dissatisfied. It’s with this research that we hope to start a discussion around creating better digital messages, media choices and brand experiences. One thing in all of this remains very clear – Irish consumers are connected, and brands need to continuously assess their role within this ever-changing environment.”

 

Methodology:

Core Research asked 1,000 Irish internet users about the technologies they have in their home, whether they personally use them or not.

 

About Core:

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

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

 

To learn more from the Connected Behaviour Map research, please visit onecore.ie/connected for more information.

 

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enet delivers one-gig broadband to Kilrush Digital Hub in Clare

Digital hub provides hot-desking, co-working and conferencing facilities to residents, visitors, e-workers and entrepreneurs 

enet, Ireland’s largest open-access network operator, has delivered one gigabit connectivity to the Kilrush Digital Hub in Co. Clare that provides hot desking, co-working, conference and training facilities for residents, visitors, e-workers and entrepreneurs. The 1000 mbps fibre connection is being delivered straight into the facility via the local metropolitan area network (MAN).

The Kilrush Hub was officially opened in March 2018, as one of the measures contained in the Clare County Council Digital Strategy, which seeks to provide communities with access to broadband infrastructure and facilities. The superfast internet connectivity now available at the Kilrush Hub provides users with access to next-generation telecommunications including high-definition video conference calling and mobile technologies, along with faster upload and download speeds.

Since opening, the facilities have proved extremely popular with all sectors of the community, providing a flexible working environment for residents, community groups, local enterprises and entrepreneurs to work and collaborate, and to avail of meeting rooms with high-speed internet connectivity and full audio-visual facilities. The Hub is also of great benefit to e-workers and commuters, allowing them to reduce their need to travel and work closer to home through the use of hot-desks. The hot-desks have similarly proved extremely popular with tourists to the area during the summer months, when the Hub experienced a substantial increase in bookings.

Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a 1GB broadband connection to the people of Kilrush via the Digital Hub. The local authority facility is proving very successful due to its catchment area and population size, with an array of people using the facility. The users include local residents, visitors to West and North Clare, local enterprises and entrepreneurs, and e-workers.”

Speaking about enet’s involvement, Head of Communications Niall Beirne said: “enet are delighted to deliver world-class broadband infrastructure to the Kilrush Digital Hub. There is no doubt that MAN-enabled locations such as Kilrush gain a significant competitive advantage through the availability of high-speed broadband. We would like to congratulate the local authority in having the foresight to bring this strategy to life.”

One of the companies who use the Kilrush Digital hub are +AddJust (www.addjust.io). CEO Pádraig Neylon outlined the synergy between his business and the provision of this facility in West Clare’s capital town: 

“Our software saves local authorities and Government bodies time and money by enabling them to more easily manage their capital and housing maintenance payments processes. The fact that a local authority has created a hub with a one-gigabit connection, enabling us to sow our roots here in Kilrush is great. It would not have been possible before. The hub is a great initiative by Clare County Council.” 

For more details, check out www.digiclare.ie and www.enet.ie

 

The Times, Ireland Edition & The Sunday Times New digital subscriber offer includes one month’s free access Access to digital editions now only €5 a month

News Ireland have today announced it is offering new subscribers to The Times, Ireland Edition and The Sunday Times free access to the seven-day digital edition for the first month, and just €5 per month thereafter.

This offer gives readers great value access to high-quality journalism and with Brexit developments moving apace, Times journalists will continue to provide in-depth coverage and incisive analysis as events unfold, drawing on an authoritative network of reporters across Ireland, the UK and Europe.

In addition to Brexit, The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition offer readers authoritative coverage of domestic and international news, events and politics, as well as a range of diverse and thought-provoking views and opinions from top columnists and journalists including Justine McCarthy, Brenda Power, Brian Carey and David Quinn.

The competitive new pricing offer will be supported by an integrated advertising campaign across print, radio and social media.

Richard Bogie, Managing Director of News Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to launch our latest digital subscription model, which brings our award-winning journalism to a wide audience at an even more competitive price. The top-quality coverage available in both The Times, Ireland Edition and The Sunday Times means that online readers get more for less, while staying up-to-date on the news that matters.”

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

subscribers can access the digital edition of The Sunday Times or purchase the print edition of the publication.

As well as being well informed on the stories that matter, readers can also enjoy a range of unrivalled lifestyle content – interviews, music, arts, film, theatre, food and beauty – while the digital editions also offer thousands of interactive puzzles and access to a variety of video content, including highlights of GAA and Premiership football matches.

Estate agents expect national property values to rise by 7.6% in 2019 – twice the rate forecast for Dublin properties

Most affordable homes are located in Leitrim, Longford and Sligo

The Sunday Times National Property Price Guide – the definitive guide to property values outside of Dublin – will be published this weekend

 

Estate agents expect national property values outside of Dublin to increase at twice the rate of those in the capital this year, according to the 2019 Sunday Times National Property Price Guide, a dedicated 32-page supplement, which will be published free with The Sunday Times this Sunday, 13 January.

Now in its 16th year, The Sunday Times Property Price Guide is the authoritative guide to the Irish property market, featuring interviews with a number of estate agents nationwide, who outline their predictions for the year.

The Guide’s findings indicate that estate agents expect average prices to rise by 7.6% across the 25 counties – double the 3.8% increase expected in Dublin.

The Guide also highlights how uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and in particular the possibility of a ‘No-deal Brexit’, continues to dog the market, with its outcome set to be most keenly felt in border counties such as Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan. However, estate agents remain hopeful that a satisfactory deal could end two years of indecision and restore confidence to the market.

The most affordable three-bedroom semi-detached homes can be found in Mohill in Leitrim, where they cost, on average, €90,000. This is followed by Edgeworthstown in Longford and Ballymote in Sligo, where three-bed semis cost between €90,000 and €100,000.

In counties such as Cork and Galway the new homes market has performed strongly, following a number of recent developments. Cork City continues to see steady price growth, with a number of A-rated new build homes developed. Prices in Co. Cork have also increased as buyers priced out of the city centre instead look to commute.

Similarly, in Co. Kerry there is a significant differential of up to €80,000 on the cost of 3-bed semi-detached homes between Tralee and the more affluent Killarney area.

By contrast, house prices in Sligo and Donegal continue to remain below the level at which developers can make a profit. The Guide also highlights how, in many counties, buyers are seeking out improved energy efficiency in an effort to reduce their bills, leading to a differential of as much as €40,000 in the price between new build and second-hand 3-bed semi-detached homes.

Elsewhere, in areas like Co. Clare, the ‘New Irish’ of settled migrants and their families who have saved enough for their first home have had a significant impact in driving demand.

Linda Daly, of the National Property Price Guide, says: “While the recovery in house prices in Dublin since the crash is now beginning to slow, the situation outside the capital remains much more dynamic. On the one hand we’re seeing a number of new factors including the increasing population and a need to commute for work drive this increase in prices around the country, but there’s still significant variation between and even within different counties. Sunday’s National Property Guide gives a detailed insight into the trends affecting house prices throughout the country, and should be invaluable to anyone looking to buy a home in 2019.”

For the complete National Property Price Guide, pick up a copy of The Sunday Times this weekend or online at: www.thetimes.ie.