Castlepalooza, like a fine wine.

Over the past 8 years, Castlepalooza has developed a reputation for bringing together an eclectic mix of music, arts, food and, well, craic to the wooded wonderland of Charleville Castle, and 2014 certainly aims to please all tastes.

One of Ireland’s best-loved (and best value) festivals returns for its ninth year this summer with one of our most exciting festival line-ups yet, we’re delighted to announce acts confirmed for this year’s festivities with MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

With the latest album release from GRUFF RHYS, ‘American Interior’, he is a must-see on this year’s festival circuit. As a record, ‘American Interior’ sits proudly next to his very best – the result of two decades honing a truly unique musical vision. If this is an outsider’s vision, long may Gruff Rhys continue to map out the peripheries.

DAN CROLL is a fabulous new solo artist with enough facets for a whole band. He’s the electro boy with links to the folk scene, a multi-instrumentalist whose songwriting prowess has impressed everyone from former Beatles to legends in the world of fashion and design.

WE CUT CORNERS release their highly anticipated second album ‘Think Nothing’, this Friday 25th April. Their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards’ was nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year. We Cut Corners have toured with Villagers, The Maccabees and Frightened Rabbit amongst others.

SUMMER CAMP is the follow up to their debut album ‘Welcome To Condale’, whose twelve tracks gave autumn 2011 a welcome shot of sunshine with its gorgeous collection of lushly melodic pop songs. Their latest album is an eleven-track marvel, a confident, fully realised body of work that befits the cliché ‘all killer, no filler’.

When all is said and done, whichever role GILLES PETERSON is performing – DJ, broadcaster, producer, compiler, label boss or plain old record collector – the music is always the bottom line. Starting off life as a club DJ, Gilles continues to spin regularly around the world. This year alone has seen him in Rio, Martinique, Tokyo, Havana and most parts of Europe as well as East London and this August in Charleville Castle, Tullamore!

ANDREW WEATHERALL’s history goes back far to the beginning of the British acid house scene, Djing at the legendary Shoom night to Djing with Primal Scream (a collaboration that continues into 2014).  Weatherall’s first studio work was on the club remix of Hallelujah for the Happy Mondays. Other remixes followed, notably ‘World in Motion’ for New Order, ‘Loaded’, a hit remix of Primal Scream’s earlier track ‘I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have’, and the widely acclaimed ‘A Mix of Two Halves’ version of Saint Etienne’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart’.

WE WERE EVERGREEN‘s world is a celebration of life’s messy magic; universal tales drawing on the power of images and mythology, entwined with richly textured songs.

FUNERAL SUITS are a four-piece from Ireland that need to be seen live. The music they make is expansive without being overblown, heavy without being menacing and all the more thrilling for its restraint.

Two prolific Irish independent musicians team up for a robotic interstellar synth-pop band called TVVINS. As a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, Conor Adams has received acclaim for his music with The Cast Of Cheers while Lar Kaye; a guitar and effects wizard has worked his magic with Adebisi Shank and No Spill Blood.

DMX Krew is an electronic music producer, who created Breakin’ Records. DMX Krew goes through many different styles, from electro-pop to the 80’s new wave and synth-pop.

Castlepalooza is delighted to welcome back arguably one of the finest and most respected DJ in the world today – NORMAN JAY. With the global rise in interest in UK deejay and dance culture, Jay has once again found his niche being extremely popular with a new generation of dance fans around the world. He regularly plays at a host of clubs, festivals and parties worldwide. Whether it’s playing upfront disco fuelled funky house in the nations main rooms and festivals or his much vaunted old skool jazzfunk, hip hop or chilled out beats in the back, he still manages to inject his rich musical heritage and quality in every set he plays.

ELIJAH AND SKILLIAM are 2 Grime DJs from East London. In 2006 they created the Butterz label, which received the likes of Terror Danjah, Swindle, Royal T, Trim, and P Money.

In addition Castlepalooza introduces Homebeat. This new product aims to champion Irish music and creativity by creating an experience that removes the walls of conformity and distance between artist and audience and indeed between audience and audience, while all the time promoting the ridiculous wealth of talent that exists on our doorsteps at this moment in time. Line up yet to be announced to play in the main room of Charleville Castle.

Castlepalooza 2014 also introduces a new area and one more reason to have the craic – SharkAshack. This stage will gather the crème de la crème of local DJs Ireland has to offer and Castlepalooza are teaming up with Bedlam, to give the festival goer a new set up in an intimate atmosphere where they will be able to spend the entire night with delicious beats and grooves. Expect your ears to be spoiled with the best of House, Deep House, Disco and Techno.

There will be lots of other events to keep festival fans entertained, including the infamous Courtyard, a series of workshops involving all types of dance – Yoga, Burlesque, Hula Hooping and many more fun things yet to be announced.

Along with a great line-up we’re also happy to announce that the EAT MY SHORTS shortfilm showcase returns again.

Fancy camping in style at this year’s festival? Castlepalooza has Boutique Camping up for grabs with both 4 and 5 metre pre-pitched bell tents on offer. These make great, comfortable and fun places to stay in for the festival weekend. All our bell tents are made of the finest cotton canvas, which allows the tent to breath whilst keeping the elements out! They all have a fitted groundsheet and carpeted interior.

Partnerships with Vodafone, 2FM, Alex and Ani, Kopparberg, Erdinger, AerTV, Budvar, Aer Lingus, Shark and Metro Herald, amongst others, will also help to make this the best Castlepalooza yet.

Castlepalooza supports the Charleville Castle restoration project. A portion of each ticket will go towards the ongoing work carried out on one of Ireland’s most historic landmarks.

See for limited tickets & find Castlepalooza on Facebook or see @castlepalooza and #CP14 for further details, updates & competitions.

3 Day Ticket, including camping for just €64 plus booking fee.

Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse welcomed the Samsung Galaxy S5 in Style #powerof5

Carphone Warehouse celebrated the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S5 by hosting celebrities, tech experts and lucky competition winners in a special ‘Power of 5’ event in Dublin and Cork last night.

In Clery’s Dublin MMA & UFC Superstar Conor McGregor, Xpose’s Glenda Gilson, Newstalk’s tech expert Jessica Kelly and Dublin GAA star Dean Rock all chatted about the phone’s features. Conor McGregor arrived at the event with girlfriend Dee Devlin, while Glenda Gilson snapped some selfies with fiancé Rob MacNaughton.

Meanwhile in Cork the Power of 5 panelists were comedian & tv star Hilary Rose, Tech wiz kid James Whelton from Coderjo fame, Red FM’s Philip Bourke and Deirdre O’Shaugnessy, former editor of Cork Independent, and a regular on Corks 96FM!

It was Ireland’s first chance to check out the most anticipated smartphone of 2014. Both Patrick Street, Cork and Clery’s, Dublin stores hosted an exclusive Power of 5 event from 10.30pm to midnight ahead of the official launch on April 11th.

In Clery’s Dublin MMA & UFC Superstar Conor McGregor, Xpose’s Glenda Gilson, Newstalk’s tech expert Jessica Kelly and Dublin GAA star Dean Rock all chatted about the phone’s features. Conor McGregor arrived at the event with girlfriend Dee Devlin, while Glenda Gilson snapped some selfies with fiance Rob MacNaughton.

Meanwhile in Cork the Power of 5 panelists were comedian & tv star Hilary Rose, Tech wiz kid James Whelton from Coderjo fame, Red FM’s Philip Bourke and Deirdre O’Shaugnessy, former editor of Cork Independent, and a regular on Corks 96FM!

The after-hours Power of 5 event was the hottest ticket in town, and allowed lucky competition winners access to the Dublin and Cork stores to put the new Samsung Galaxy smartphone through its paces, aided by a string of well known faces…

Key new features of the Samsung Galaxy S5:

Camera – Fast auto focus, HDR rich tone, selective autofocus & virtual tour

Health & Fitness – S Health 3.0, S5 pedometer & heart rate sensor

Faster connectivity – download booster & MIMO

Ultra Protection – Dust & water resistant, finger scanner & ultra power saving mode

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 – Scores 5/5

This April 1oth at midnight Carphone Warehouse will be giving you the exclusive first look at The Samsung Galaxy S5 in Clerys, Dublin and Patrick Street, Cork.

So what can we expect from the new Samsung Galaxy S5? Well, Samsung are going back to basics “to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to customers,” so that’s good news for us!

And the other good news is that it combines an advanced camera, fast network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features! That means staying fit and connected in style. The S5 is going to be available in 4 expressions, black on black, white on white, black on blue & black on gold.

Now to look at the spec -

  • Camera- Fast auto focus, HDR rich tone, selective autofocus & virtual tour – the S5 will guide you so you get a real vision of what the room looks like- perfect for interior designers, construction workers and architects.
  • Health & fitness- S health 3.0, S5 pedometer & heart rate sensor. The enhanced S Health leads you through your fitness routines daily and constantly to set your goals and achieve them with the help of GALAXY S5’s pedometer. S Health will constantly track your condition, walking distance, calories, speed, and duration. This means that stay on top of your health and fitness with the perfect exercise companion- Galaxy Fit!
  • Faster Connectivity- download booster & MIMO. The Download Booster technology lets you use the LTE and Wi-Fi simultaneously to give you an unrivalled network experience. With Download Booster turned on you can experience approximately 80% – 90% of the added network speed of LTE & Wi-Fi. This means that if you want to download files in a hurry, just turn on Download Booster and your files will be ready in next to no time!The 5th generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO technology equips the GALAXY S5 with two antennas to double the connection and accelerate the speed of your Wi-Fi. This means that you’ll the faster possible connection, faster than ever before!
  • Ultra Protection- Dust & water resistant, finger scanner & ultra power saving mode.With IP67 certification, the GALAXY S5 is resistant to sweat, rain, liquids, sand and dust. IP67 Certification means 100% dust proof & water resistant up to 1 metre for 30 minutes. Your phone stays protected for any activities or situation.Fingerprint Scanner- Secure and convenient with Fingerprint Security has been upgraded and personalised. You can unlock your phone and make faster and more secure payments via PayPal with the swipe of your finger. When purchasing content with Samsung services, you can use your fingerprint instead of entering your Samsung account password. This means that you can keep secure and have peace of mind to make secure payment the only way you can!
  • Use the Ultra Power Saving Mode to save and extend your battery life so you no longer have to worry about missing important calls when your phone is running low on battery. The Ultra Power Saving Mode changes your screen black and white and shuts down all unnecessary features to dramatically minimise battery consumption. This means that if your battery is low, you have the peace of mind that you can still stay connected for up to 24 hours long than before, with only 10% battery.

Fancy €300 worth of Parfois Goodies? Thought so….

Pick up your copy of the Metro Herald today to be in with a chance of winning €300 worth of PARFOIS goodies, everything from bags, jewellery and shoes to sunglasses and iPad covers. Simply take a selfie in store in Henry Street and post online using #parfoishenrystreet and you could win!

Parfois is the leading women’s accessories brand with 4 stores around the country, including Henry Street and online at

Parfois offer new product drops on a weekly basis to their stores, specially designed collections in jewellery that are made with semi-precious stones and enhanced material, plus shoes, scarves, bag, sunglasses, watch collections and more.  Everything you need to accessories your life.

Offering consistently good value for money in a wide and dynamic range of fashion accessories.

The Portuguese brand arrived on our shores in November 2013, created in 1994 Parfois is present in 45 countries with over 480 stores.

It’s a fashion favourite with many top stylists and bloggers including Courtney Smith.


Prize spend should be used within 30 days of winner being notified. Prize spend valid at Parfois, Jervis Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1 only.

Winners notified March 29th

The promoter’s decision is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.

There is no cash alternative to this prize.




Paddy’s Weekend – What We’re Up To! #HCPicks

1. We’re listening to a newly updated ‘Ireland Rising’ playlist, Deezer’s pick of brand new & recent Irish music.

2. We’re stacking our Alex and Ani high, especially their 4 Leaf Clover and Claddagh bangles ahead of Paddy’s Day. They are available from over 60 retailers nationwide with prices starting from €26. Check out their website for details on retailers.

3. Amazing events happening across the city as part of the St. Patricks Festival, we’re loving The Enchanted Banquet – An evening of food, music and performance by Hunt&Gather features some lesser-known Irish fables, fairy tales and folklore. Within the empty halls of Earlsfort Terrace, a mystic menu is promised for the five-course banquet. With entertainment by the Petty Cash collective, this looks like a sensory celebration with myth-making potential of its own. Saturday 15th, 7pm.

4. If that wasn’t enough there is a huge programme of activities across the entire weekend for all ages, check out St. Patricks Festival for full details here.

5. And for music lovers, experience Jape in the intimate and contemporary setting of the RHA Friday 14th 730pm.

6. Or join us and pull up a chair in Toscana on Dame Street, the best seat in the house for watching the parade and being part of the atmosphere on Monday 17th. Plus did we mention the food? Mouthwatering.

7. We’re planning a trip to the cinema to see Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is a must! The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Watch the trailer here.



Hunter’s Picks of the Week

Alex and Ani is available from over 60 retailers nationwide and Parfois has stores on Henry Street, Dublin; Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick; Mahon Point, Cork and T1 Dublin Airport.


Witness The Spectacle – The Alex and Ani Spring Summer 2014 Collection

The Alex and Ani Spring Summer 2014 Collection – Carnivals and Caravans – is officially on sale  in over 60 retailers nationwide.

Inspiration Youthful | Enticing | Marvel

The day begins at dawn. The road stretches into the distance and the anticipation heightens because soon the carnival will come alive with swirling colour, motion, and noise. Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of excitement unlike any other with the Carnivals and Caravans Collection. Inspired by the nomadic life of early American traveling carnival, this collection honours the place where fun and fascination begins.

Carousel Expandable Wire Bangle – RRP €41 available in Aqua, Grape and Blue Raspberry

Traveller Expandable Wire Bangle – RRP €30 available in Sour Apple, Lemonade, Cinnamon, Grape, Blue Raspberry and Cotton Candy


Adams Jewellers Limited, Killarney, Co. Kerry; Arnotts Department Store, Dublin; Bernard John Jewellers, Swords, Co Dublin; Bow & Pearl, Ranelagh, Dublin 6; Breda Fitzgibbon Jewellers, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary; David Cullen Jewellers, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14; David Cullen Jewellers, Clarehall Shopping, Dublin 17; Douglas Jewellers, Carlow , Co. Carlow; E. M. Noone Jewellers, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal; Fallers Jewellers, Galway City, Co. Galway; Gerry Browne, Portlaoise, Co. Laois; Hart Jewellers Limited, Tralee , Co. Kerry; Connolly Jewellers, 13 Bridge Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry; JMJ Retail Limited, Waterford City, Co. Waterford; Kilkenny Design, Cork City, Co. Cork; Kilkenny Design, Stillorgan Shopping Centre, Co. Dublin; Kilkenny Design, 74 Main St, Co. Tipperary; Kilkenny Design, Nassau Street, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin; Messrs. Durkin, Longford Town, Co. Longford; Messrs. O. Baumann & Sons Ltd. Dungarvan, Co. Waterford; Messrs. R J Barber & Sons, Birr, Co. Offaly; Mint, Dundalk, Co. Louth; Mr.Tony Cahill – Cahill Jewellers, Tullamore, Co. Offaly; RMPH Ltd., Ballina, Co. Mayo; Rouses Jewellers, 18 Pearse Street, Ballina, Co. Mayo; Walter Bourke Jewellers, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford; Wilkinson Jewellers, Navan, Co. Meath. Alanna Rose Jewellers Limited, 9 Pearse Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath; Seodin, 54 Thomas Street, Limerick City, Co. Limerick; Argento, 2 French Church Street, Cork City, Co. Cork; Seodin Eile, 52 O’Connell Street, Ennis, Co. Clare; Ciaran O’ Flynn Jewellers, Unit 15, Thurles Shopping Centre, Co. Tipperary; Mc Elhinney Stores Ltd. Jewellers, Main Street, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal; James Murtagh Jewellers, 14 Bridge Street, Westport, Co. Mayo’ James Murtagh Jewellers, Castlebar, Co. Mayo; Bernard John Jewellers, Unit 20 Manor Mills Shopping Centre, Maynooth, Co. Kildare; Mac Eoin Jewellers, 7 Main Street, Ballincollig, Co. Cork; Kilkenny Design, Shanagarry Design Centre, Shangarry, Co. Cork’ Kilkenny Design, 3 New Street, Kilarney, Co. Kerry; Winstons Department Store, Parliament Street, Kilkenny; Howell Jewellers, 25 Main Street, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan; Kilkenny Design, White Water Shopping Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare; Bernard John Jewellers, Unit 9, Bridgewater Shopping Centre, Arklow, Co. Wicklow; Bernard John Jewellers, Athlone Town Centre, Athlone, Co. Westmeath; Leufer’s Jewellers, Bishop Street, Tuam, Co. Galway; Gift Gallery, Mill Street, Tullow, Co. Carlow; Neville 71, Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Douglas, Co. Cork; Argento, 7 – 9 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1FB, Co. Antrim; Argento, Unit 2 Erneside Shopping Centre, The Point, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh; Argento, Buttercrane Shopping Centre Newry, Co. Down; Argento, Unit 18, 17 Lisburn Square, Lisburn BT28 ITS, Co. Antrim; Bennets of Newry, 27 Hill Street, Newry BT34 1JE, Co. Down; Bond Jewellers, 30 Church Street, Ballymoney, BT53 6DL Co. Antrim; Bond Jewellers, 24 Church Street, Coleraine, BT52 1AR Co. Derry; Bond Jewellers, 31 Market Street, Limavady , Co. Derry; Gems Jewellers, 1A Burn Road, Cookstown, BT80 8DJ Co. Tyrone; Lauryn James, 1 Market Place, Carrickfergus BT38 7AW Co. Antrim.


Backpacks are Back

Backpacks are back and we couldn’t be happier, let’s face it most of us carry around handbags that weigh between 1 – 5kg on average, so if nothing else a backpack will save your arm a workout! With backpacks comfort is key, so we pick our favourite picks from the Parfois range, their backpacks start from €34.95.

Parfois has stores on Mary Street, Dublin; T1 Dublin Airport, Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick and Mahon Point in Cork. Plus an online store for all your accessory needs anytime of the day! @PARFOIS_ #parfoispicks





Buon Appetito – Prepare to Drool!

Perfectly placed in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre and the refreshing sea side surroundings of Dun Laoghaire, lies a little taste of Italy. For over a decade, the award winning name of Toscana Italian restaurant’s have been serving up authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere, providing a great Italian dining experience. Specialising in the authentic taste of Italian dishes with the use of locally grown organic vegetables from their very own Wicklow Garden, Toscana restaurants pride themselves on their excellent menu based around locally sourced produce. It’s no wonder it was named Good Food Ireland Best Grow It Yourself Restaurant in Ireland 2013/2014.

Building Toscana restaurants wine list has been as rigorous a process as building our food menus. Toscana sources wine by visiting small Italian family vineyards, where generations of passion and enthusiasm are reflected in their wines. Their list is structured by the different regions of Italy, after endless tastings and the rejection of hundreds of wines.  ”We want to bring wines to our restaurants that deliver enough complexity and quality with a genuine price.  Toscana import exclusively for their restaurants in Dublin. This thoughtful selection allows wine lovers to taste great Italian wines not available to other retailers in Ireland.  

If it’s a night out your after, Toscana’s City Centre location offers the choice of the recently developed Piano Bar on its lower ground floor. Open every Friday and Saturday evening from 8.30pm till late, this is the perfect place for an evening drink before or after evening shows in the closely situated theatres.

On the other hand, if it’s a quiet weekend’s activity you’re after, Toscana’s sister restaurant in Dun Laoghaire is the perfect treat after a relaxing walk on the pier, while taking in the spectacular views of Dublin bay.

When asked about the aims and objectives of the Toscana name, restaurant proprietor Dee Bytyqi said:

“The Italian dining experience from Toscana, is the closest you’ll get to a taste of Italy without packing your bags”

“Our passion for growing has intensified over the past 12 years as our customers enjoyed what we produced and so demand grew naturally. The farm-house gardens are an integral part of our philosophy towards cooking and healthy living, and we believe that our customers should eat as well as we do at home. Avoiding any nasty sprays, using organic farm eggs from our corn-fed hens, we use seasonal organic fruit vegetables salads and herbs, and we pride ourselves on seasonal home-grown produce packed with nutrients. Combining our fertile Irish soil with the rich heritage of classic and modern Italian cuisine.”




Get Loved up with Deezer

Roses are red, violets are blue, we’re listing to Deezer and so should you!

We’re getting in the mood for Valentine’s with Deezer and their ultimate love playlist, now all we need is a date.