In the weeks around Christmas and New Year, he had spent close to €2,000 on business entertainment in the Long Hall, Ely CHQ, the Stag's Head, Pichet and Matt the Thresher, according to expense statements signed off by his CEO Eamonn O'Reilly and seen by the Sunday Independent. In the 10 months from Christmas to Halloween 2018, he would spend more than €24,000 on business entertainment, staff entertainment and community dinners on the Cill Airne alone, including substantial amounts at weekends. Asked about this, Dublin Port has said that "all credit card expenditure is in line with the company's policy - only for business purposes, properly recorded, receipted and authorised, and subject to review by Internal Audit". With Brexit high on the agenda, Mr O'Reilly unsurprisingly started the year with meetings in London - staying at the five-star Pelham Hotel in South Kensington with Murphy - and in Brussels. But the coming months would see the CEO - and his management team - … [Read more...] about Dublin Port in a storm: anatomy of a busy year
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An unadulterated tastefest was the climax of our visit to the little known Morgan Hotel in the world-famous Temple Bar area of Dublin. On a rainy day, it was such a pleasure to be greeted with an umbrella by cheery and friendly Adrian, the concierge, as we disembarked our taxi. Although we had arrived way too early to check-in, the staff were very happy to take our cases while we explored the capital.Though the city could be accessed easily via the Luas (the tram), we opted for a taxi and were delighted that - though a rainy day and taxis at a premium - the hotel organised one very quickly - plus furnished us with our own Morgan Hotel umbrellas.Our first port of call was the Guinness Storehouse. Frankly it was a building I had often passed when I worked in Dublin but never had a desire to visit.As a young student in Belfast I had the misfortune of suffering from anaemia and, after fainting in the middle of the city, waking up to a dozen soldiers with guns staring me in the face, I … [Read more...] about All in good taste at Dublin’s luxurious Morgan Hotel
In Paris, the abandoned 16th century Saint-Vincent de Paul hospital campus has been reimagined as Les Grands Voisins, a "utopian village", with bars and restaurants, a flea market, greenhouses, football pitches, camping and more. It's one of the coolest places in the city. In Belfast, St George's Market (voted the UK's Best Large Indoor Market 2019) holds weekly food and craft markets, and a variety of cultural events such as Chinese New Year. The Friday variety market dates back to 1604, and is home to 300 market stalls selling everything from fish (there are 23 fish stalls), to fruit and vegetables, to antiques, books and clothes. The Saturday market offers a huge range of local and specialty foods as well as crafts, flowers, plants and local photography, pottery, glass and metal work, while the Sunday market is a mixture of the Friday and Saturday markets with a special emphasis on local arts and crafts, with live music from local bands. Cork has the English Market and Limerick … [Read more...] about Why doesn’t Dublin have a proper food market?
Guinness: It’s good for you. If you want to get your antioxidants, B vitamins and fibre then head to Dublin for a pint (or two) of a 'health drink' I can get behind. These are all things that Ireland’s best-known export are said to contain, and where better to taste the darkly delicious beverage than the capital of the Emerald Isle. Guinness was branded as a healthy option for the Irish for many years, and our visit to Dublin underlined just how good the black stuff can make you feel. A tour around the Guinness factory may seem like a cliche but our experience at the pint-shaped structure surpassed any tour I’ve ever joined, and, being a beer lover, that’s a fair few breweries to top. Not only was there a variety of pints to peruse, pour and perfect, but the history of the product came very much to the fore, with the manufacture, advertising and distribution of Guinness all explained. Tick followed tock as we explored the five-storey structure, but time seemed … [Read more...] about A drop of the dark stuff
Documents lodged with the Companies Office show that the firm - led by tech entrepreneur Ciaran Connell - has raised €16m from a number of investors including Atlantic Bridge, the China Ireland Growth Technology Fund and venture capital fund ACT. This time last year it closed a $30m funding round and announced 100 new jobs. Few who know the industry will be surprised that Decawave's growth continues. Developing semiconductor chips is not a cheap undertaking - just ask Intel. But more than that, Decawave has threatened for some time now to deliver on its game-changing promise. Ireland has many interesting startups, but few have developed a high-tech product quite as advanced or quite as likely to change the way all sorts of other products can operate. In the most basic terms, the computer chip that Decawave has developed wants to do for the indoors what GPS did for the outdoors. It can very precisely measure distance indoors where GPS doesn't work. When the tiny inexpensive chip … [Read more...] about Ergo: Promising chip firm Decawave raises €16m