Dublin Culture Night; The Best Free Night of the Year!

September 19th will mark the 9th consecutive year of the Dublin Culture Night and we’re definitely getting excited! If the last few years are anything to go by the buzz will be incredible as Dublin cultural venues open their doors and host a spectrum of specially programmed events to suit all tastes. There will be live concerts on the St Stephen’s Green Bandstand, games, walking, bike tours, hidden treasures and much more. The list goes on and on, we recommend you head over  to the Culture Night website here  to get an idea of the times and locations of events, so you can get planning your route. It really is one of the best nights in Dublin and of course it’s all FREE thanks to the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht!

One of the more interesting exhibitions to be displayed this year is the unique and environmentally friendly solar powered mini cinema. Sol Cinema is a tiny cinema that holds between eight and ten people, it has been made from almost entirely recycled materials with an emphases on creating the greenest cinema possible. The cinema will be showcasing projects funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and there are also plans for a ‘listening lounge’ where visitors would be able to listen to a selection of BAI-funded radio programmes.

 

 

Castlepalooza 2014 in Pictures

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!

One of Ireland’s best-loved (and best value) festivals returned for its ninth year and despite the rain it was an amazing weekend! The stellar line-up that included Gruff Rhys, Andrew Weatherall, Onra, Funeral Suits and a host of great Irish acts really helped rally the fun loving crowd across the weekend!

Ruth Medjber (ruthlessimagery.com) managed to capture the true merriment of the festival!

iPhone 6 to be announced on the 9th of September

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Apple are set to announce the iPhone 6, the newest addition to their collection in early September. Speculation leads us to believe the new eagerly awaited handset could go on sale Friday, September 19th. The iPhone 6 is expected to come in two sizes: a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch device. With the former being released first as the 5.5-inch device is said to be having manufacturing difficulties.

The new device will run iOS8, which will have a big focus on health and fitness using the HealthKit developer tool. Healthkit allows a variety of fitness apps to communicate with one another giving you an accurate answer to the question  ’how are you?’

There is plenty of rumors floating around about specifications however until Apple confirm we will be eagerly awaiting September 9th!

Keep an eye on Carphone Warehouse for the latest updates on the release or check out their social media here;

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Alex and Ani at Castlepalooza 2014

Alex and Ani believes in embracing your creative side and with this in mind they teamed up with Castlepalooza to create an art installation that symbolizes both creativity and the beauty of nature. The subject they chose was the incredibly regal creature, the peacock. We commissioned the exceedingly talented team at Hunt & Gather to create this symbolic Peacock out of Alex and Ani bracelets.

Plus Alex and Ani had an amazing at the festival all weekend with the stunning Charleville Castle as a backdrop in Tullamore!

Alex and Ani offers eco – conscious, positive energy products that adorn the body, enlighten the mind and empower the spirit. Each piece is designed by Carolyn Rafaelian and made in the USA.

Carolyn believes that every individual has a positive message to share with the world. By incorporating powerful symbolism into each piece, Alex and Ani provides a vehicle for the wearer to express individuality in an organic, spiritual way.

The Regal Peacock represents Spirituality, Love and Compassion and in this installation the bracelets are the main focus of the sweeping tail, as they are the ‘eye’ of the feather which are thought to represent the eyes of the stars.

Check out the video from the festival which captures the good vibes. Music by Bantum.

For a full  list of Alex and Ani stockists check out their website! www.alexandani.com

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Huawei Make it Possible with Carphone Warehouse

On the 24th of July The Raw Edge Crew from Sky One’s ‘Got to Dance’ show delighted Dublin onlookers with a spectacular demonstration of rhythm and strength showcasing their high-class dance moves.

The dancing was a celebration of the exclusive partnership between Carphone Warehouse and Huawei. The pair have also created a fun and engaging viral video to educate, in a fun way the Irish public on the Huawei brand. Check it out here!

To mark this exclusive partnership the Ascend P7, Huawei’s flagship device will only be available to purchase in Carphone Warehouse stores nationwide until 31st August 2014. The Huawei Ascend P7 has an eye-catching design and at 6.5mm slim, the Ascend P7 sets a new record as one of the slimmest 4G LTE smartphones on the market. The biggest unique selling point is the 8MP front-facing camera, with a panoramic selfie feature, making it one of the best on the market!

All in all we had a great day on Grafton Street and the spectators seemed to really enjoy themselves too!

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PARFOIS Launch of their AW Collection in Clarence Hotel

PARFOIS Launches AW Collection in Clarence Hotel Penthouse

To celebrate the launch of PARFOIS’ Autumn Winter Collection, PARFOIS hosted an exclusive Dinner on the evening of Wednesday July 30th in The Clarence Penthouse, Dublin from 630pm.

Along with showcasing the dynamic Autumn Winter Collection from PARFOIS, PARFOIS created a bespoke dining experience for Ireland’s brightest and most stylish from the fashion world, including Roxanne Parker, Courtney Smith, Anouska Brandon, Erika Fox and Pippa O’Connor.

Mixologist Pieter Reid provided PARFOIS customized cocktails, Mark Grehan of The Garden, Powerscourt supplied the AW colour themed flowers and Pianist Cian Boylan kept guest entertained as they browsed the collection. Ali Davidson catered the event with a delectable and customized menu.

PARFOIS is a fast expanding women’s accessories brand, with the latest trends in handbags, jewellery, wallets, sunglasses, belts, scarves and watches so it only seemed fitting to have an event to match PARFOIS’ style and forward thinking design.
PARFOIS presents new styles in the stores every week! PARFOIS started as a fashion accessory brand in the year of 1994, opening the first store in Oporto, Portugal. PARFOIS has six stores nationwide. Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Pavilions Shopping Centre, Mary Street, Dublin, T1 Dublin Airport, Mahon Point, Cork and Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick.

 

For more in the latest collections visit www.parfois.com

 

3e smash viewership figures with UFC Fight Night Dublin

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Conor McGregors fight against Brazilian Diego Brandao last Saturday night has become the highest rated sporting event ever to be aired on 3e. Coverage of the MMA reached 600,000 views in total with 340,200 concurrent viewers at its peak. This was a 21% share of the available audience! Pretty impressive stats considering this is the first time the UFC have returned to Ireland since 2009.

Jeff Ford, TV3 Group Director of Content, said: “Saturday night’s fantastic UFC ratings prove that there is a real hunger for MMA in Ireland, in particular Ireland’s own star attraction and showman Conor McGregor. 3e was the first broadcaster to take the plunge and broadcast UFC Live and Free to Air and the feedback from our viewers has been great.”

McGregor has turned into an Irish Icon in the past few months from his flashy style to his quippy personality Conor has been making waves in the media with Carl O’Malley from the Irish Times saying “No Irish sportsman or woman has created such a sub-culture. It’s a phenomenon usually reserved for footballers and rock stars”

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The response online to McGregors victory hasn’t been contained to Ireland, even Arnold Schwarzenegger was Tweeting about the event!

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and even the mega famous Niall Horan had something to say!

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I think we can safely say we will be seeing a lot more of Conor both in and out of the ring!

 

 

Alex and Ani Castlepalooza

Alex and Ani want to send you to Castlepalooza

Fancy Castlepalooza tickets thanks to Alex and Ani? Course you do, snap your best festival outfit, upload to Instagram using #alexandanipalooza and you could win!

Alex and Ani is marking the summer season in style they’ve teamed up with Castlepalooza, the boutique Music and Arts Festival. Castlepalooza has developed a reputation for bringing together an eclectic mix of music, arts and now this year fashion and style too!

The wooded wonderland that is Charleville Castle in Tullamore hosts Castlepalooza each year, so it seemed only fitting that Alex and Ani embraced the music, merriment and magic the festival has to offer!

Alex and Ani will be bringing their unique, eco-conscious and positive energy infused jewellery to the musical arena with its pop up shop, along with lots of interesting events and instillations happening across the weekend, including an opportunity to step inside the beautiful Medieval castle, walk through its restored rooms and unwind in front of the roaring fires or take part in fun and creative workshops.

 

Alex and Ani bangles are the perfect summer accessories for festival season. Stack them high to perfectly complete your festival look, while you embrace the fun filled weekend.

Alex and Ani is available in jewellers nationwide with prices starting from €26. Full list of retailers on alexandani.com

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Stepping into the season with Korky’s

On July 9th Korky’s hosted an exciting press event in their Ilac Centre Store, Dublin as they showcased the latest collections from Korky’s with styling tips from top stylists Justine King.

Xpose’s Glenda Gilson was there to check out Korky’s collection first hand along with bloggers Leanne Woodfull and Kelly Donegan and many more eager to see the collection first hand.

Irish owned Korky’s always put their best foot forward when it comes new and dynamic styles, plus its own label designs offer affordable yet directional fashion for this season’s trend focused looks.

The style set enjoyed food from Oxmantown, plus were treated to manicures by favourites Topical Propical! Plus check out Justine King and Glenda Gilson on tonight’s Xpose as they chat about stepping into the season with Korky’s!

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Carphone Warehouse to launch Irish Mobile Service

Carphone Warehouse Ireland – the largest independent telecoms retailer – is to become Ireland’s next mobile operator, launching in 2015, continuing its ongoing investment in the Irish market.

The independently-run Irish company will partner with Three to develop the new network in the coming 12 months and using its experience and knowledge as the country’s largest communications retailer will create a value driven and customer-focused service.

As part of the roll-out Carphone Warehouse will also create 50 new jobs across a variety of sectors; including marketing, finance, IT, commercial and tech; with the positions ranging from entry-level to executive roles. In addition to direct recruitment Carphone Warehouse will also be looking for entrepreneurial candidates to grow and shape the business.

This will bring to more than 750 the numbers employed by the company, led by Managing Director Peter Scott who has over 30 years of experience in the retail industry, including a number of blue chip companies.

The launch of a new mobile operator is the latest part of Carphone Warehouse’s continued investment in Ireland, dating back to its first store opening in 1996 and resulting in present day employment of over 700 staff members nationwide.

During the challenging economic environment which began in 2008, the company has opened 20 new stores and invested more than €6m into the Irish market. Peter Scott’s team has also developed key retail partnerships with Harvey Norman, Clery’s and Samsung. Each partnership in turn meaning new store openings and added recruitment of 250 staff to boost Carphone Warehouse’s standing in the Irish market and further boost Ireland on its road to recovery.

There are now more than 6.5m visits each year to Carphone Warehouse’s 91 Irish stores, with an impressive 4m visits made to its website, www.carphonewarehouse.ie.

This ever strong customer relationship gives the company a unique insight into what mobile users want, which – along with its longstanding and strong relationships with mobile companies – will allow it to build a customer-focused mobile service that excels in quality as well as value. As markets shift and connectivity between products and mobility increases, so does Carphone Warehouse’s retail footprint.

Commenting on the new mobile virtual network, Peter Scott, MD of Carphone Warehouse Ireland said: ‘We are delighted to announce that we will be launching Ireland’s newest mobile operator within the next 12 months. This new partnership with Three opens an exciting new chapter for Carphone Warehouse and for our customers. It allows us to expand our business and create 50 new jobs in a continued challenging retail environment. Carphone Warehouse has always prided itself in offering our customers the most up-to-the-minute technology and connectivity together with World Class Customer Service. We are looking forward to demonstrating this expertise to develop a mobile service that customers will love.’

CEO of Three Ireland Robert Finnegan commented “We welcome Carphone Warehouse to the mobile market. Today’s announcement further reinforces how Three’s acquisition of O2 Ireland will revitalise the Irish telecoms market. Three will build a state-of-the-art 4G network over the next three years, delivering very real benefits to customers in urban and rural areas throughout the country, from which Carphone Warehouse customers will also benefit.”

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said: “Today’s announcement by Carphone Warehouse that it is expanding its business with the creation of 50 extra jobs is very welcome. This is the latest in a series of signs of growing confidence in the domestic economy. Through our Action Plan for Jobs we have put in place measures to help boost the domestic economy, so that we can see a return in consumer spending and support the jobs growth we badly need”.