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Inside the Irish restaurant in an old boat shed where places sell out in hours
# Way Out West
# Way Out West

Inside the Irish restaurant in an old boat shed where places sell out in hours

Oct 25th 2015, 7:00 PM 47,249 Views 7 Comments

We take a look at the one-of-a-kind Dillisk Project in Galway.

Inside the 'Woodstock for radio' about to take over a small Limerick village
# Hearsay Festival
# Hearsay Festival

Inside the 'Woodstock for radio' about to take over a small Limerick village

Oct 18th 2015, 10:15 AM 13,304 Views 4 Comments

“We were literally looking at it and telling people there wasn’t anything else like it in Europe.”

This conference is trying to turn the west into a hub for drones
# Up And Away
# Up And Away

This conference is trying to turn the west into a hub for drones

Oct 17th 2015, 10:00 PM 23,502 Views 13 Comments

And it involves Achill Island and kitesurfing.

How one small group of people is building Ireland's most high-tech town
# Fast Lane
# Fast Lane

How one small group of people is building Ireland's most high-tech town

Oct 17th 2015, 10:00 AM 35,120 Views 20 Comments

Skibbereen in west Cork is about to be put firmly on the business map.

This Irish company may have finally found an answer to crap pub wine
# Wine Not?
# Wine Not?

This Irish company may have finally found an answer to crap pub wine

Sep 13th 2015, 5:30 PM 33,189 Views 26 Comments

WineLab want to bring wine-on-tap to the masses.

How two men built a pub and brewing empire from the depths of the recession
# Lager Than Life
# Lager Than Life

How two men built a pub and brewing empire from the depths of the recession

Sep 6th 2015, 7:00 PM 36,818 Views 19 Comments

We talked to one of the brains behind the Galway Bay Brewery about pub closures, craft beer and the Wetherspoon effect.

Sick of the gym? Maybe try pole dancing, trapeze or laughter yoga
# Get Off The Couch
# Get Off The Couch

Sick of the gym? Maybe try pole dancing, trapeze or laughter yoga

Aug 30th 2015, 7:41 PM 17,536 Views 11 Comments

There’s more than one way to get in shape.

The incredibly stressful launch of an Irish company's high-tech stress-beating device
# Squeezed
# Squeezed

The incredibly stressful launch of an Irish company's high-tech stress-beating device

Aug 30th 2015, 9:00 AM 18,698 Views 2 Comments

Galvanic crowdfunded its way to market with the Pip. Here’s why.

How an Irish startup could revolutionise the way everyone looks at health
# An Apple A Day
# An Apple A Day

How an Irish startup could revolutionise the way everyone looks at health

Aug 23rd 2015, 8:45 AM 23,668 Views 33 Comments

Nuritas is mining ‘nature’s wealth’ from the most everyday of sources – food.

This Dingle whiskey distillery is selling vodka and gin to help fund the business
# Whiskey Business
# Whiskey Business

This Dingle whiskey distillery is selling vodka and gin to help fund the business

Aug 16th 2015, 8:00 AM 21,711 Views 15 Comments

You have to play the long game if you want to get into the whiskey business, which is why the Dingle Whiskey Distillery is thinking outside the box.

People around the world could make a tidy sum by sending one startup their soil
# Brown Is Beautiful
# Brown Is Beautiful

People around the world could make a tidy sum by sending one startup their soil

Aug 15th 2015, 2:50 PM 22,462 Views 5 Comments

“It’s sort of like a lottery, but it’s going to save humanity at the same time.”

How one Irish sports-technology startup is taking it to the likes of Adidas
# Game On
# Game On

How one Irish sports-technology startup is taking it to the likes of Adidas

Aug 2nd 2015, 2:00 PM 22,848 Views 0 Comments

Playertek thinks it can help everyone train like a pro.

Why Richard Branson isn't a good role model for would-be startup founders
# Idol Thoughts
# Idol Thoughts

Why Richard Branson isn't a good role model for would-be startup founders

Jul 29th 2015, 8:00 PM 15,293 Views 23 Comments

Budding entrepreneurs need to have more realistic goals.

We asked a top corporate headhunter just how easy it was to poach rivals' staff
# Yoink
# Yoink

We asked a top corporate headhunter just how easy it was to poach rivals' staff

Jul 25th 2015, 9:30 PM 26,603 Views 12 Comments

The stakes are high when it comes to recruiting the best talent.

These are the jobs with the brightest futures in Ireland right now
# Looking Ahead
# Looking Ahead

These are the jobs with the brightest futures in Ireland right now

Jul 19th 2015, 10:00 AM 65,944 Views 40 Comments

But there are also skills that can help you in almost any career.

The 5 big mistakes you should never make on LinkedIn
# Bad Connections
# Bad Connections

The 5 big mistakes you should never make on LinkedIn

Jul 12th 2015, 8:30 PM 38,928 Views 21 Comments

No duck-face selfies, please.

An Irish startup wants tech workers to go for lunch and come back with jobs
# POwer Lunch
# POwer Lunch

An Irish startup wants tech workers to go for lunch and come back with jobs

Jul 4th 2015, 8:45 AM 17,526 Views 9 Comments

Everyone’s gotta eat, right?

How co-working offices are changing the way we do business
# Sharing Space
# Sharing Space

How co-working offices are changing the way we do business

Jun 28th 2015, 8:45 AM 15,644 Views 4 Comments

Shared workspaces can lead to great things – as long as everyone keeps the noise down.

Why ridesharing has run into some major roadblocks in Ireland
# Carmageddon
# Carmageddon

Why ridesharing has run into some major roadblocks in Ireland

Jun 27th 2015, 9:00 PM 46,558 Views 29 Comments

The movement is a global phenomenon – but here it has stalled before even getting started.

6 reasons why people should embrace peer-to-peer lending
# The Whiff Of Money
# The Whiff Of Money

6 reasons why people should embrace peer-to-peer lending

Jun 14th 2015, 8:15 AM 13,529 Views 7 Comments

We talk to the head of Grid Finance, one of Ireland’s two peer-to-peer loan platforms.

Thousands of women are making friends with complete strangers because of a Dublin trio
# Let's Hear It For The Girls
# Let's Hear It For The Girls

Thousands of women are making friends with complete strangers because of a Dublin trio

Jun 7th 2015, 10:00 PM 82,338 Views 29 Comments

Welcome to the ‘slightly-organised chaos’ that is GirlCrew.

Want to start a childcare business with a difference? This man knows how
# Making A Difference
# Making A Difference

Want to start a childcare business with a difference? This man knows how

May 23rd 2015, 9:15 AM 17,351 Views 7 Comments

Ciaran Flynn’s Childpaths sprung from his experience as a parent. There’s plenty of room for original ideas in Ireland’s childcare industry…

Why are Irish creches going out of business?
# Rock And A Hard Place
# Rock And A Hard Place

Why are Irish creches going out of business?

May 17th 2015, 10:30 AM 47,825 Views 56 Comments

Ireland has some fairly progressive childcare measures in place, yet still child-minding businesses are going to the wall.

Ten million downloads and counting - inside a Dublin games studio with a difference
# Storytoys
# Storytoys

Ten million downloads and counting - inside a Dublin games studio with a difference

May 9th 2015, 10:48 AM 12,577 Views 1 Comment

How do you convince parents to buy apps for their kids? StoryToys has found a way.

There's an awful lot of money being made through infertility...
# Bundles Of Joy
# Bundles Of Joy

There's an awful lot of money being made through infertility...

May 2nd 2015, 9:00 PM 30,960 Views 46 Comments

Not everyone conceives easily. In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is huge business worldwide, but what kind of future has it in Ireland?

Ever dreamed of starting your own record label? Here's how one duo did it
# Rock And Roll
# Rock And Roll

Ever dreamed of starting your own record label? Here's how one duo did it

Apr 26th 2015, 3:05 PM 18,726 Views 11 Comments

We talk to Dublin’s Paper Trail Records about having the ‘best job’.

'If I hadn't taken this chance I wouldn't be able to sleep at night'
# Taking The Plunge
# Taking The Plunge

'If I hadn't taken this chance I wouldn't be able to sleep at night'

Apr 25th 2015, 10:30 AM 20,941 Views 3 Comments

Rory O’Farrell’s Melosity is looking to redefine how Irish musicians record their sounds. A product ‘with the wow factor’ is the first priority.

Why the original social network refuses to die
# MySpace
# MySpace

Why the original social network refuses to die

Apr 18th 2015, 10:00 PM 23,470 Views 10 Comments

It’s like the mid-2000s all over again – but this time it’s all about the music.

Want to jam with a Rolling Stone? Now you can
# Smart Music
# Smart Music

Want to jam with a Rolling Stone? Now you can

Apr 13th 2015, 8:40 AM 11,197 Views 23 Comments

A new app called WholeWorldBand is making all kinds of new things possible in the music industry.

How to be the next Hozier
# Future Stars
# Future Stars

How to be the next Hozier

Apr 12th 2015, 8:00 PM 16,166 Views 21 Comments

A layperson might be surprised at just how good a system Ireland has in place for its aspiring musicians.

How vinyl is saving the humble record store
# Wax On
# Wax On

How vinyl is saving the humble record store

Apr 5th 2015, 8:10 PM 23,679 Views 36 Comments

The format has been going through a renaissance with music fans.

Why being sustainable makes for good business
# Lean And Green
# Lean And Green

Why being sustainable makes for good business

Apr 1st 2015, 8:20 AM 10,437 Views 47 Comments

For March’s in-depth coverage of SMEs, we looked at business and the environment, and making enterprise more sustainable.

An Athlone company is helping solve a big problem for the world's growing population
# Dirty Water
# Dirty Water

An Athlone company is helping solve a big problem for the world's growing population

Mar 29th 2015, 4:30 PM 19,796 Views 16 Comments

Oxymem has overhauled waste-treatment processes which have barely changed in a century.

Businesses don't have to scrimp on quality - a little innovation can go a long way
# Sme Book Club
# Sme Book Club

Businesses don't have to scrimp on quality - a little innovation can go a long way

Mar 26th 2015, 7:30 PM 5,938 Views 3 Comments

‘Frugal Innovation’ is a book for businesses that want to do great things with less.

These are the reasons why every business should think about sustainability
# How To Guide
# How To Guide

These are the reasons why every business should think about sustainability

Mar 21st 2015, 10:15 AM 7,203 Views 2 Comments

It can save you money – and help you earn more.

Poll: Should more be done to develop renewable energy in Ireland?
# No Spin Zone
# No Spin Zone

Poll: Should more be done to develop renewable energy in Ireland?

Mar 19th 2015, 1:31 PM 11,955 Views 47 Comments

There has been a lot of debate about the country’s energy mix for the future.

There are some major holes in Ireland's renewable energy plans
# Tilting At Windmills
# Tilting At Windmills

There are some major holes in Ireland's renewable energy plans

Mar 15th 2015, 5:40 PM 30,248 Views 192 Comments

And the country could have to pay penalties worth up to €400 million a year if things do go wrong.

This startup wants to save companies a tidy sum on their energy bills
# The Big Idea
# The Big Idea

This startup wants to save companies a tidy sum on their energy bills

Mar 8th 2015, 7:30 PM 20,041 Views 23 Comments

Energy Elephant’s big idea is deceptively simple.

There are lots of good reasons to get behind Irish products. Here are some of them...
# Traceability
# Traceability

There are lots of good reasons to get behind Irish products. Here are some of them...

Feb 28th 2015, 6:35 PM 20,530 Views 25 Comments

For February’s in-depth coverage of SMEs, we looked at how buying local matters and the importance of traceability.

Setting up a food business is a lot more doable than you think
# Sme Book Club
# Sme Book Club

Setting up a food business is a lot more doable than you think

Feb 26th 2015, 7:30 PM 16,246 Views 7 Comments

‘Money For Jam’ should be a bible for anyone culinary-inclined who wants to strike out on their own

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