Galway Company Secure UK Contract and Create Jobs Boost for the West

West of Ireland based retail management company, Retail Solutions, have just secured a €2million contract with UK group, Appleby Westward, the distributors for Spar UK, in the South West, to rollout their new progressive EPOS system across the Appleby Westward Group. The new EPOS system gives retailers a number of innovative options to create efficient IT management solutions for staff and a greater level of choice and service for customers. The system includes an E-Gift facility which can issue in-store gift cards removing the need for a third party supplier, and an innovative scanning feature to reduce queue times by allowing a member of staff walk through the store and pre-scan customers’ items with a handheld scanner reducing transaction time at the till.

Speaking at the announcement, Tommie Quick, Appleby Westward’s retail IT manager said: “This is a major investment programme geared to improve ease of use and reporting in store. Retail Solutions EPOS will represent a considerable advancement on our current system.” Peter Ewing, manager of one of the trial stores in the UK said: “We were incredibly impressed with how easy Retail Solutions EPOS system is to use. The scheduled reports allow me to automatically print or email my key management reports on a daily and weekly basis.” He went on to say: “We were really surprised with how well the staff took to the new system and how much easier it is to use.”

Winning the Appleby Westward contract has immediately created jobs at Retail Solutions with up to six new positions in software development and support roles now available at their head office in Tuam, Co. Galway. It follows the company securing the contract for Spar Scotland earlier in the year. Plans are now in place to increase the workforce in 2016 as add-ons for the new system are in development. These will include mobile applications, allowing for remote EPOS access, a new embedded loyalty solution and a very inventive savings club function, enabling regular customers to save their change and redeem on their next visit.

Currently employing 30 people, Retail Solutions is headed up by General Manager, Jarlath Hennelly with founders Chris O’Neill as Sales Director and Seamus Quinn as Technical Director. While the company has developed substantially since its establishment in 1995, it continues to supply to all sizes of businesses – from an individual store with one till to multinationals with hundreds. The company currently has systems operating in more than 1,500 sites nationwide. While the Irish market remains its number one priority, in recent years the company has secured major contracts in the UK, Australia and South Africa.


Co founder and Sales Director, Chris O’Neill says: “We are delighted to secure the contract for the rollout of our EPOS system across Appleby Westward stores. The product is in continuous development at Retail Solutions adapting and developing to new technologies in order to meet the needs of today’s retailer. It’s a credit to the hard work and dedication of our software development team and opens up the UK retail, forecourt and off license markets to Retail Solutions going forward.” <ENDS>

Contact Info

Business Publicity,Jimmy Cubbard
Phone : 093 35061
Email : [email protected]

Now is a better time than ever to Celebrate Nurses Why Because there is none of them left

Now is a better time than ever to Celebrate Nurses? Why? Because there is none of them left.

There is a global shortage of nursing staff and this issue needs to be addressed.

In April 2013 89,000 people emigrated from Ireland and in April 2014 a further 81,900 emigrated from our Emerald Isle.

According to The Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland there are 64,790 active registered nurses on their system.

In 2014 there were 8,119 nurses working abroad this was up from 7,705 in 2013.

In 2014 there were 2,369 newly registered Nurses on the system.  One thing is clear there are not enough Nurses to cover the demand and this problem will continue to grow year on year.

We want to know where are all the Nurses gone and why have they chosen not to stay in Ireland?

Back in 2013 we asked ourselves the same question and we came to the conclusion that Nurses are not appreciated in society.  It is clear to see from the media and our own research that nurses feel over-worked and underpaid.

From this information we developed our Celebrate Nurses our Everyday Heroes campaign.


How did #Celebrate nurses all start?

International Nurses Week is celebrated internationally each year from May 6th and ends on Florence Nightingales Birthday on May 12th.

In 2013 we launched our #CelebrateNurses ‘Our Everyday Heroes’ positive support campaign during International Nurses Week. What started as an afternoon of pampering with 10 guest Nurses enjoying style and self-care has grown over the past two years to a nationwide promotion of appreciation of nurses in online and offline activities. Our aim is to expand even further in 2015–


Last year we were delighted by the on-boarding of new #Celebratenurses partners who committed to hosting their own events to celebrate nurses, these included very diverse companies from VHI Swiftcare Clinics to The Mowlam Nursing Home Group.  During International Nurses Week 2014 we had events held in Dublin, Cork and Galway all to ‘Celebrate Our Everyday Heroes’ and to collect words of thanks for nurses for our online eBook



How do we spread the #CelebrateNurses message?

At our event in 2013 we launched an online e-book for Nurses. We invited Nurses and members of the public to leave comments of Thanks for Nurses. The aim of this campaign was and is to create positive recognition for nurses and to provide a platform for nurses to check out for a ‘boost’ when tough days are had.

During International Nurses week in 2013 we reached our goal of gathering 365 comments of thanks for nurses and we are delighted to say this number is still growing. People can still leave their comments of thanks by visiting


How do you become a #Celebratenurses Hero?

In order to grow our #CelebrateNurses campaign we need industry bodies to get involved in this campaign. The idea is to Celebrate Nurses during International Nurses Week May 6th-12th. We want Ireland who has the best trained nurses in the world to lead the way in global thanks for these amazing professionals.  This year will be our 3rd year running this campaign and getting involved is simple and there are a number of ways you can do this. Below are some examples of ideas;

  • Share the #CelebrateNurses campaign with staff members and encourage them to get involved
  • Hosting or encouraging members to host an event to mark International Nurses Day
  • Engage with Media to promote this event with the general public
  • Sponsorship of branded marketing materials to promote #CelebrateNurses




Contact Info

Marketing Coordinator ,Aoife Manning
Phone : 01-5241672
Email : [email protected]

Irish Web Hosting Company Lets Host Announces new Partnership With CloudFlare


February 19, 2015

Ireland based webshosting company LetsHost pride themselves on making every effort to deliver their valued customers a superior product.  In an effort to improve both the security end and website speed of what they deliver, LetsHost recently announced their new partnership with CloudFlare, a worldwide leader in improving website performance and protecting against hackers, spammers and other potential threats.  The early response to the news has been very enthusiastic.

“We are delighted to roll out yet another free feature to our loyal LetsHost hosting customers and will continue to seek out great partnerships which will add value to the Irish hosting services we provide,”  commented LetsHost director Daragh Mac Loughlin, on the company becoming a CloudFlare partner.  “It’s a win/win all around.”

According to CloudFlare, points out Mac Loughlin, the average website on CloudFlare loads very close to twice as quickly, in addition to being tremendously more secure.  Both issues that are close to the heart of many of LetsHost’s clients.  This improvement is made by routing web traffic through one of CloudFlare’s 23 data centers spread across the world.  By connecting through a data center that is closer to the user the dramatic improvements in speed can be quite stunning.

As an added bonus, the increased performance won’t come with a higher price tag for LetsHost customers.

Graeme Conkie, director at LetsHost, remarked, “With this partnership, customers can plug in free of charge to an international network of Cloudflare POPs, turbo charging their website and improving the user experience for their website visitors.”

This new relationship seems sure to help LetsHost fulfill their goal of delivering the highest level of internet capabilities to their Irish client base.

For more information be sure to visit

Contact Info

Director,Graeme Conkie
Phone : 01 653 5032
Email : [email protected]

Irish Game Dev Studio teach the next generation of designers

Pixel Wolf Studios are running a beginners course in game design and development using Corona SDK. The course will cover each and every aspect involved in the process of creating games for mobile devices from the planning and prototype stage right up to the coding and development.

The course is aimed at beginners who have no previous coding or game design skills to give them an introduction into game development and design focusing on mobile devices. In the future we will be running intermediate level courses suited to those with previous game design skills and knowledge of coding.

Over the 8 sessions the course will cover each and every aspect involved in the process of creating games for mobile devices from the planning and prototype stage right up to the coding and development.

To register your interest in a place on the course visit:

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Willows Counselling Kilkenny – New Website Launched

New Website Launched

(Press Release Ireland — April 23, 2011) Swindon, WiltShire, Southwest England —

Willows Counselling Kilkenny – New Website Launched

About Willows Counselling Kilkenny

Willows Counselling Kilkenny

The Willows Centre 11 Prospect Place Old Town Swindon SN1 3LQ
Swindon, WiltShire, Southwest England United Kingdom 

[email protected]

RedCorner has the answer to unspent gift cards

Co. Dublin, Ireland — 11 Feb. 2008 — A new consumer co-branding campaign ensures that your unspent gift cards and vouchers will help good causes

The Fine Gael gift voucher survey is interesting and confirms the research and assumptions which we at RedCorner have been
working on for the last 2 years. At RedCorner we believe that you should choose where your un-used gift vouchers go.

RedCorner Campaign is a not-for-profit orgnanisation, supported by some of the biggest charity brands, focused on a single co-brand campaign
to send un-used value to charities – particularly the unspent value on gift cards and vouchers, but also unspent mobile phone top-ups,
un-used internet credit, un-cashed bus ticket overpayments and un-used phone card credit.

RedCorner plans to launch gift cards later this year, which may be spent anywhere credit cards are accepted, but if unspent,
the value will go directly to a charity chosen by the purchaser. They will be very easy to recognise – every gift card which
gives un-spent value to charity will have a Red Corner – on the top right of the card – and the charity who benefits will be co-branded
with RedCorner.

“It will make gift card giving very easy – A RedCorner gift card can be spent nearly anywhere – and you can really show you think
about the person you are giving to, by choosing a RedCorner card which benefits a charity that you know the person you are giving to cares about”
says Jim O’Callaghan, founder and director of RedCorner. The new cards will be available through a range of charity retail outlets and RedCorner
has proposals with a number of convenience retailers to ensure that everyone has a RedCorner choice when buying a gift card.

“This is a bigger issue than charges and expiry dates – this is consumer’s money and the consumer must choose where their money goes. In the UK, un-used value on gift cards is running at £300M annually while in the US, unspent value amounts to nearly $9 billion every year, a figure which could have an immense effect in tackling the world’s greatest social and economic emergencies”

At RedCorner we believe that retailer own-brand gift cards will be more attractive to customers if they carry the RedCorner feature, and
give the unspent value to a co-branding charity. Now retailers can show their customers what they really care about – and enable their customers
to give at no cost. We hope that visionary retail partners will demonstrate this corporate social responsibility to their customers and join in our launch later this year. Just contact us through our website at

RedCorner has already launched a mortgage service, ( where 33% of the lender commissions are paid to a charity of choice of the borrower, and with a full choice of Irish lenders and a complete professional service, people may save money every month – and make a considerable contribution to their favourite charity – at no additional cost! We are also working on a pipeline of RedCorner co-branded products – all of which make a significant contribution to charity – while meeting the RedCorner criteria of equal quality and price as their competitors.

RedCorner is supported by Trocaire, Childline, FairTrade, Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth, Red Cross and United for Children.

Construction Of New Doolin Search & Rescue HQ Moves A Step Closer

Co. Clare, Ireland — 11 Feb. 2008 — Doolin, County Clare, 11th February 2008 – Minister of State and Clare T.D., Mr. Tony Killeen has expressed optimism that agreement on a site for the proposed new Doolin Search and Rescue Headquarters could soon be reached.

Minister Killeen confirmed that a meeting between the Office of Public Works, Clare County Council and the Irish Coast Guard is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 28th next.

“I have been informed by my colleague Noel Ahern, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Finance, with special responsibility for Office of Public Works, that the provision of new accommodation for the Coast Guard Services in Doolin continues to be a top priority for the Office of Public Works. The Department of Transport, meanwhile, has also expressed its desire to see the project progressed”, explained Minister Killeen.

He continued, “The view of the OPW is that the location of the new Coastguard facilities should tie in with Clare County Council’s preferred option for the development of a new pier and ticket office in Doolin. Following my intervention with Minister Eamon O’Cuiv last November, the EUR10m pier development is being progressed.”

Minister Killeen said he was confident that the construction of the new Headquarters would follow quickly once a suitable site had been acquired.

“The OPW has repeatedly stressed that the construction process, including building design, planning permission application and tendering, will be proceeded with as quickly as possible. I am hopeful that the upcoming meeting of the relevant parties will move the process forward through the resolution of any outstanding issues”, concluded the Minister.


Notes to Editor:
– Tony Killeen T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government and Communication Energy and Natural Resources with special responsibility for Environment and Energy, is available for interview and further comment on 0035387-2525304. Alternatively please contact Mark Dunphy of Dunphy Public Relations on 00353868534900 or [email protected]
– High-resolution images of Minister Killeen are available on request

Mark Dunphy
Dunphy Public Relations
[email protected]
00353-868534900 (mobile)
00353-656839692 (fax)

Delicieux Shopper – New Personal Shopping Website

Co. Dublin, Ireland — 11 Feb. 2008 — Delicieux Shopper – New Personal Shopping Website

Its a new online shopping portal with a difference. Rather than a product based offering this innovative website offers you a service – your very own personal shopper online!
Delicieux Shopper offers time poor women and men an opportunity to order all their gifts online. Anyone has access at any time of the day that’s convenient to them.

How it works is pretty nifty – the customer has two options:

1) To follow the pre selected categories under “For Her”, “For Him” or “For Them” to narrow down what the customer wants you can decide from cosmetics right through to housewarming gifts. Then you give Delicieux Shopper some information on the recipient , a budget guide and based on this information they match the gift.
Only a service fee for time and effort is charged. They purchase the gift, send the customer an emailing explaining what has been bought with a payment link and once the customer has paid, Delicieux Shopper will luxuriously gift wrap, securely package and send the gift to either you or your gift recipient via their courier company.
2) Alternatively the customer has the option to use the “Buy This” category, which allows them to enter exactly what they want their personal shopper to buy on their behalf, an ingenious time saving idea!!

The turnaround time once the customer places their order is three working days(they build the profile, match gifts, buy it and then send the email to the customer with final payment info) Once the customer makes the final payment the gift is dispatched the next day, and they should receive it within 24 hours in Ireland, so the complete cycle is 5 days.

The brand name has a french look and feel – “Delicieux Shopper” was designed to encompass feelings of elegance, richness and sophistication and this extends to its service too. Delicieux Shopper will offer a service centered around the customer. Moving forward Delicieux Shopper wants to expand to other markets such as USA, its a perfect way for those Irish people living abroad who want to surprise friends and family with a Christmas, birthday or anniversary gift instead of them sending something in the post. The Delicieux team can buy on their behalf and deliver it, saving them the time.

What are you waiting for – start compiling your list now at

County Limerick To Host National Pool Lifesaving Championships

(Press Release Ireland — February 11, 2008) —

Co. Limerick, Ireland — 11 Feb. 2008 — County Limerick, 11th February 2008 – Some of Ireland’s fittest Lifesavers will compete in Irish Water Safety’s National Pool Lifesaving Championships at the National University of Limerick’s 50-metre Arena Pool on Saturday 16th February 2008.

The Championships, which are being supported by Limerick County Council, are part of Irish Water Safety’s extensive programme to promote water safety in Ireland with a particular focus on the necessary skills required by lifeguards nationwide.

The 12.30–6pm event sees various teams from counties around Ireland competing in a rigorous series of races, which simulate conditions that lifesavers often encounter in real life rescues.

Commenting ahead of the upcoming Championships, Cllr. Kevin Sheahan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council stated, “Limerick County Council is mindful of the need to actively promote water safety and to support events that remind members of the public about the importance of acting safely around water. Therefore, the local authority is delighted to pledge its support to the upcoming event.”

The Cathaoirleach, who is a member of Askeaton Swimming Club and whose son Kevin is a Lifesaver, added that the event would again help underline County Limerick’s growing status as a location for prestigious national and international sporting events.

“County Limerick has a proud sporting tradition and is known as a friendly location for visitors. We also possess Ireland’s largest indoor sports complex at the University of Limerick. These three factors combined make Limerick an ideal location for a national competition of this size. It is especially significant that up to 70 competitors from Clare, Waterford, Belfast, Wicklow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Galway, Cork, Mayo, Wexford and Limerick, will be participating in the competition”, concluded Councillor Sheahan.

Meanwhile, the Championships will feature a world record attempt by Norma Cahill from Clare. The current World Record Holder in the 50-metre manikin and the 200-metre obstacle events is attempting a third world record in the 100 meter manikin carry with fins and has a time to beat of 1min16.76secs.

Order of Events
Obstacle races involve passing under two obstacles
1. 100m obstacle Junior (u16) + Masters over 55
2. 200m obstacle Senior + Masters
3. 4 x 50m obstacle Relay. Junior, Senior, Masters
4. 100m manikin carry + fins Senior, Masters
5. 50m manikin carry Senior, Masters
6. 2 x 50m water safety carry Relay Juniors
7. 100m rescue medley Senior
8. 100m manikin tow + fins Senior, Masters
9. 200m Super lifesaver Senior
10. 4 x 25m manikin relay Junior, Senior
11. 4 x 50m medley relay Senior, Masters

According to Irish Water Safety, the Championships encourage young athletes to enrol in one of IWS’s many courses nationwide in the valuable skills of swimming, rescue and lifesaving. Many participants go on to work in swimming pools and leisure centres in Ireland and abroad.

Irish Water Safety encourages everyone to take swimming, water safety and rescue classes. For further information on the upcoming Championships or any aspect of water safety contact Irish Water Safety, The Long Walk, Galway, at 091-564400/[email protected] or visit


Notes to Editor:
– Councillor Kevin Sheahan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council (087-2926333), John Leech, Irish Water Safety (087-6789600) and/or Roger Sweeney, Irish Water Safety (087-6789601) are available for interview and further comment.
– An introductory explanation of the different events:
200 m Obstacle Swim -The competitor swims 200 m in freestyle during which he/she swims under eight (8) immersed obstacles.
50 m Manikin Carry – The competitor swims 25 m freestyle and then dives to recover a submerged manikin to the surface within 5 m of the pick-up line. The competitor then carries the manikin to the finish edge of the pool.
100 m Rescue Medley – The competitor swims 50 m freestyle to turn, dive, and swim underwater to a submerged manikin located at 20 m distance for men and 15m distance for women. The competitor surfaces the manikin within the 5 m pick-up line, and then carries it the remaining distance to the finish edge of the pool.
100 m Manikin Carry with Fins – The competitor swims 50 m freestyle wearing fins and then dives to recover a submerged manikin to the surface within 10 m of the turning edge. The competitor carries the manikin to the finish edge of the pool.
100 m Manikin Tow with Fins – The competitor swims 50 m freestyle with fins and rescue tube. After touching the turning edge, the competitor fixes the rescue tube around a manikin floating at the surface at the edge and tows it to the finish.
200 m Super Lifesaver – The competitor swims 75 m freestyle and then dives to recover a submerged manikin. The competitor surfaces the manikin within 5 m of the pick-up line and carries it to the turning edge. After touching the wall the competitor releases the manikin. In the water, the competitor dons fins and rescue tube within 5 m of the turning edge and swims 50 m freestyle. After touching the wall the competitor fixes the rescue tube around a floating manikin within 5 m of the turning edge and tows it to touch the finish edge of the pool.
Line Throw – In this timed event, the competitor throws an unweighted line to a fellow team member located in the water approximately 12 m distant and pulls this “victim” back to the poolside.
4×25m Manikin Relay – Four competitors in turn carry a manikin approximately 25 m each.
4×50 m Obstacle Relay – Four competitors swim 50 m freestyle each passing under two (2) obstacles.
4×50 m Medley Relay – The first competitor swims 50 m freestyle without fins. The second competitor swims 50 m freestyle with fins. The third competitor swims 50 m freestyle pulling a rescue tube and after having touched the wall, passes the harness of the rescue tube to a fourth competitor who wears fins. The third competitor, playing the role of “victim,” holds the rescue tube with both hands, while being towed 50 m by the fourth competitor to the finish.