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Culture Night 2014 set to light up the country

September 19th, 2014 Posted in festival, Ireland, News, Mediaflash Edition No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

culture-night14The cities of Ireland will be awash with art, music, street performances and all round entertainment as Culture Night 2014 kicks off this evening.

Culture Night is made up of hundreds of events across Ireland and overseas. From nation’s capital to county town, everyone is getting involved in this unique event. Arts and cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks & performances for you, your family and friends to witness and savour.

Over 900 organisations to be exact will be gearing up to showcase the wide variety of culture and talent that Ireland has to offer. The aim of the night is to get people in tune with arts events in their local communities, sample what is on offer and perhaps make a welcome return back in the future.

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15 years of waking up to Ireland AM

September 19th, 2014 Posted in Broadcasting, Irish, Mediaflash Edition, TV, TV3 No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

ireland-amTV3 morning show, Ireland AM, celebrates a special birthday today as Irish viewers around the country have woken up by the familiar sax intro to the show for the last 15 years.

Down through the years, the show has highlighted some of the leading and pertinent issues in Irish society as well as sport, entertainment, food and fashion news.

Ireland AM was launched on 20 September 1999 on the 1st anniversary of TV3′s launch, the first show of its kind in Ireland. It was presented by current presenter, Mark Cagney and Amanda Byram. Presenters have come and gone on the show which included present RTÉ hosts, Grainne Seoige and Maura Derrane.

Along with Mark Cagney, Aidan Cooney, Sinead Desmond, Alan Hughes and Anna Daly have brought Ireland AM forward and as the special anniversary show went to air this morning, Alan Hughes attempted and broke the Guinness World Record for most high fives making a great day all round.

Well done guys!


Sources: TV3/Ireland:AM, Ireland:AM Official Twitter Account


Pembroke to merge with Slattery Communications

September 18th, 2014 Posted in Media, Mediaflash Edition, PR, Social Platforms No Comments

Next month two of Ireland’s leading PR firms will be coming together to form a single group. Pembroke Communications and Slattery Communications are merging to create PSG – four agencies which will provide consumer, corporate, sponsorship, digital and public affairs services.

mikeMick O’Keeffe (38) who is a former Dublin GAA football player and Padraig Slattery (58), a Clare native and his father-in-law, will be joining forces to deal with a number of  ‘blue chip clients’. Some of these clients are are in fact direct competitors with each other. For example, Pembroke Communications currently deals with Audi while Toyota is a client of Slattery Communications. Setanta Sports/BT Sports is a Pembroke customer, while Slattery works for Sky.

Mick O’Keeffe however believes the new PR group can work despite the competition within the company by operating as other media groups who work for rival brands do.

On this Mr O’Keeffe said, “It’s accepted practice among agency groups like Core Media, so why should it be any different for PR?”

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BAI allocates over €6million to TV and radio

September 17th, 2014 Posted in Broadcasting, Irish Journalists, Measurement/Analytics, Mediaflash Edition, Radio, TV No Comments

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has allocated €543,000 of its funding to support radio projects, with €4.68 million going towards television projects through its Sound and Vision II Scheme. The authority had a total of €5.223 million to put towards Irish broadcasting in its latest round of funding.

baiThe money will be distributed between 21 TV projects and a total of 101 radio projects. The funded programmes, when finished, will be broadcast by a variety of community, commercial and public service broadcasters throughout Ireland. The programmes that are in receipt of the funding will be broadcast across 43 different channels; 10 television and 33 radio.

This year there was a total of 283 applications from 16 different genre and format categories. The full funding request for Round 21 was an enormous €16.147 million. There was a significant increase in the number of radio applications received in this round of funding.

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RTÉ lyric FM gets involved in Culture Night

September 17th, 2014 Posted in Ireland, Media, Mediaflash Edition, RTE No Comments

RTÉ_lyric_fmLeah Ring @LeahRing1

This Friday RTÉ lyric fm will be working together with the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland for Culture Night.

The radio station and the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland are collaborating on a digital exhibition, 20 / Twenty.

As part of this, twenty artworks from the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland will be on digital display in the RTÉ lyric fm windows on Robert Street, Limerick on this year’s Culture Night, Friday September 19th.

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Second Captains back with a bang

September 16th, 2014 Posted in Broadcasting, Media, Mediaflash Edition, RTE, Social Media, Social Platforms, TV No Comments

A one-night-only Second Captains Live “extravaganza” will be held in Dublin next week to kick off season three of programme. Second Captains will be returning to our screens on RTÉ 2 on October 8th, however before the live show is broadcast the boys will be hosting a special event in The Grand Social in Dublin.

Second captainsOn Tuesday, September 23rd presenters Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early and Ciarán Murphy, along with a whole host of guests will be meeting to discuss and digest the All Ireland Football Final, the upcoming Hurling replay and of course Ireland’s Euro qualifying campaign.

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Travellers’ Voice magazine launched

September 16th, 2014 Posted in Magazine, Media, Mediaflash Edition, RTE No Comments

Leah Ring @LeahRing1

A newsletter that is aimed to promote the successes of the traveling community has been relaunched as a magazine. ‘Travellers’ Voice magazine was launched last night in the Oak Room at the Mansion House in Dublin.

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Norah Casey, Dragon’s Den star and founder of the Harmonia publishing company,  designed the new publication along with the new editor of ‘Travellers’ Voice‘, Michael Power.

Traveller Kelly McDonagh Mongan, contestant in ‘The Voice of Ireland 2013′ and star of upcoming RTÉ documentary ‘What Kelly Did Next, is featured on the front cover of the magazine. Kelly is well remembered by RTÉ viewers nationwide for her journey on The Voice while she was 9 months pregnant. She was interviewed for the piece by journalist Tracey Joyce who is also a Traveller. The Irish Times have said that readers will be sure to see Ms Joyce’s work in the paper in the coming months.

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RTÉ launch new Irish language news service online

September 15th, 2014 Posted in Mediaflash Edition, Online, Radio, RTE No Comments

There are many changes in RTÉ today as they initiate an online news service for the first time in Irish. This is as part of a restructuring by RTÉ of its new delivered as Gaeilge. This means that RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta in Casla will be the main production centre for Irish-language news on radio. Also, the RTÉ.ie website and RTÉ News Now App will include national, international and regional news in Irish.

rte raidio na gaelRTÉ Radio na Gaeltachta (RnaG) will now provide all Irish-language bulletins across RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Lyric fm and RTÉ 2fm as well as for their own station.

The online content, for the RTÉ News Now App and the RTÉ.ie website, will be created by journalist working in both Nuacht RTÉ and RTÉ RnaG.  All online operations will be based in Nuacht RTÉ’s centre in Baile na hAbhann, Connemara.

RTÉ have said, “The expansion of online output will provide an enhanced service to the Gaeltacht and Irish-language communities and should also be welcomed by the diaspora and students of the Irish-language across the world.”

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Social Media Measuring- Facebook usage continues to rise in Ireland

September 15th, 2014 Posted in Facebook, Google, Instagram, Ireland, LinkedIn, Marketing, Mediaflash Edition, Social Media, Twitter No Comments

fb_icon_325x325Polling firm Ipos MRBI today released a publication on Social Networking Quarterly survey for August 2014 (Q3). The new figures show that 61% of Irish adults use Facebook, the same number as 12 months ago.

The publication also shows that 29% of adults use Twitter, which has seen a 2% rise from the same period last year. Meanwhile, usage of the business-orientated social networking service LinkedIn continues to rise in Ireland, with 24% of adults admitting to using the service.

Instagram, which was recently purchased by Facebook is also becoming more popular, with 18% of adults using the photo-sharing platform while Pinterest has also seen its Irish user base almost double to 14%.

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TED Radio Hour comes to Ireland

September 12th, 2014 Posted in Media, Mediaflash Edition, Online, Social Platforms No Comments

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Newstalk is to be the first Irish broadcaster to air TED Radio Hour. TED looks for suitable partners from many different countries across the world and Newstalk was chosen to be its Irish partner. From this Sunday, the station will be playing the American show which includes discussions on current issues, talks on ideas and inventions as well as topical speeches.

TED Radio Hour will now be aired every Sunday from 18:00 – 19:00 and will be hosted by Guy Raz. He is a journalist and radio host on National Public Radio (NPR), a privately and publicly funded non-profit media organisation in the United States. Guy Raz was the weekend host of All Things Considered, NPR News’ afternoon news magazine, prior to this. NPR collaborated with TED to bring the conferences to a radio audience and they launched the show in March 2013.

The Chief Executive of Newstalk, Gerard Whelan expressed his delight at the new partnership, “TED has grown into the most recognised global platform for identifying and spreading transformative ideas. It is a great honour to be chosen as the first and only radio partner for TED Radio Hour in Ireland.

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