February 1 Brand Journalism In the Press

An Evening of Celebration with St Patrick's Academy Dungannon - Phoeo by Richard Trainor Photography

The end of an era brings a new day for St Patrick’s Academy

The countdown is now well and truly on for a gala night which will mark the end of an era and the beginning of a new one for one of County Tyrone’s biggest schools.

St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon has been preparing for An Evening of Celebration for months, and, this Saturday, hundreds of people will gather for An Evening of Celebration – an event which will also see the launch of the Academy Alumni Association and hear from Chief Reporter from The Times, Sean O’Neill.

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November 20 Brand Journalism In the Press

Anna Kelly, Malachi Cush, Aine McNulty, Lynette Fay, Ronan McHugh and Gina Chroma at the launch of An Evening of Celebration. Picture by Richard Trainor

From international stages to performing on home turf – stars come out in force

Pupils past and present and friends of St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon are being in for a fantastic night of entertainment at An Evening of Celebration which will take place on February 3 in the Armagh City Hotel. Tables for the gala night are now being sold so get your friends together and get booking.

This is a ticketed only event so in order to secure a table please make contact with the organising team by emailing theacademygala@gmail.com. Then, you just need to get pampered for a great night out.

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October 5 Brand Journalism In the Press

Anna Kelly, Malachi Cush, Aine McNulty, Lynette Fay, Ronan McHugh and Gina Chroma at the launch of An Evening of Celebration. Picture by Richard Trainor

‘An Evening of Celebration’ for St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon

St Patrick’s Academy in Dungannon is to open its new £27 million school early next year and to celebrate it is hosting an Evening of Celebration.

The evening, which will be hosted by past pupils Lynette Fay and Malachi Cush, will be a celebration of ‘achieving excellence together’ while fundraising to future proof the new school by maintaining standards and heritage. This is a ticketed event so get in early if you want to be a part of this special occasion.

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August 17 Brand Journalism

Oyster farmer Patrice Bonnargent.

Meet the oyster farmer who is taking the taste of our shores back in-land

Oyster farmer Patrice Bonnargent is working hard in Killough, Co Down, to bring the best oysters to the UPU Plough Festival which takes place from August 24-26 where you could win £1,000 in a competition.

We speak to Patrice about oyster farming ahead of the festival which is taking place at The Plough Inn to raise money for next year’s Hillsborough International Oyster Festival which had to be cancelled this year due to a change in funding arrangements and rising costs.

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August 1 Brand Journalism

MGMPR - a brand journalism approach to PR in Northern Ireland

Five years of using brand journalism in Northern Ireland

Eleanor McGillie saw a gap in the market and she decided to fill it by introducing a brand journalism approach to public relations in Northern Ireland by setting up MGMPR.

This message engaging concept is being embraced by companies and organisations who recognise the power of relevant and meaningful storytelling. Celebrating five years in business today we look back at the last five years and see how brand journalism has been embraced by Northern Ireland companies. Have a read:

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June 5 In the Press

Woodland Consultant Carolyn Trimble, owner of IndiWoods. DSC_3022

Woodland consultant hits milestone by planting her one millionth tree

Carolyn Trimble from County Armagh is the owner of IndiWoods – a woodland consultancy practice specialising in securing funding for farmers or landowners who wish to plant trees on their land.

The scheme brings environmental rewards, financial gain for landowners and health and wellbeing benefits for our overall community. The scheme empowers landowners to plant a minimum of five hectares of woodland with Carolyn specialising in native broadleaf woodlands.

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April 21 In the Press

Mac Ivors Cider Co ciders are now in Marks & Spencer Stores in Northern Ireland

Mac Ivors Cider Co’s great tasting ciders now in Marks & Spencer stores

Huge congratulations to Mac Ivors Cider Co on the announcement that their great tasting ciders are now available in Marks & Spencer stores in Northern Ireland.

Traditional Dry Cider, Medium Cider and Plum and Ginger Cider are available so people can enjoy a food and drink adventure. Marks & Spencer’s mission is to become the best craft beer retailer on the high street while offer local beers from smaller breweries with the convenience of buying them from a local M&S store.

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March 14 Brand Journalism In the Press

Mac Ivors Cider Co Wins Champion Cider in 2015 - Greg MacNeice picked up the award and is hoping to have the same success in 2017. With Greg is Patrick Redman, BFBi national chairman.

Mac Ivors Cider scoops three gold medals in International Brewing and Cider Awards

Mac Ivors Cider Co has picked up three gold medals at the 2017 International Brewing and Cider Awards for Traditional Dry, Medium and Plum and Ginger cider – awards judged by professional cider makers.

Mac Ivors Cider Co along with three other Irish cider producers and brewers who got Gold, Silver and Bronze, will collect their medals at an awards luncheon to be held at London’s Guildhall on April 26, when the 10 overall Championship winners – nine beers and one cider – will be unveiled.

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January 27 In the Press

The Emerson's Foundation, through the NISA MADL Fund, hands over a cheque for £1,000 to the Air Ambulance for Northern Ireland Fund.

Emerson’s Foundation hands over £1,000 donation for Air Ambulance NI

The Emerson’s Foundation in Armagh aims to help transform local communities by giving to charitable causes through its MADL Fund.

Here, members of the Foundation’s committee hand over a cheque for £1,000 and a canvas picture to the family of Lesley Ann McCarragher who died last year after being struck by a car. This donation of £1,000, from our NISA MADL Fund, will hopefully go some way in helping the McCarragher family with their fundraising targets.

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December 20 In the Press Year of Food & Drink 2016

Emerson's Supermarket in Armagh has been serving the district for over 125 years. Now it's the UK's Most Sustainable Independent Retailer of the year

UK’s Most Sustainable Independent Retailer is right here in Armagh

Emerson’s Supermarket in Armagh’s historic city centre is the UK’s Most Sustainable Independent Retailer of the Year for the second year running.

Staff retention, using renewable sources for energy, reducing food waste, food provenance, supporting local producers, supporting local families and creating new jobs are the things which makes this supermarket tick. Owner Gavin Emerson is delighted to be the recipient of this accolade again this year. Here’s the story:

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December 13 In the Press

Tom Verner, Managing Director of The Momentum Group based in Bangor, R&D specialists

There’s a pot of HMRC gold and businesses need to be dipping into says R&D specialist

Tom Verner, the Managing Director of The Momentum Group based in Bangor, is a specialist in identifying R&D activities and expenditure.

He and his team at The Momentum Group specialise in raising the bottom line for innovative and forward-thinking businesses. They do this by delivering enhanced R&D tax credit claims and/or helping clients to introduce new, innovative corporate strategies. Here’s Tom’s analysis of the Chancellor’s R&D Autumn announcement.

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December 6 In the Press Year of Food & Drink 2016

Mac Ivors Cider Co is an Irish craft cider producer based in Co Armagh.

Cider maker invests £250,000 in new press as Irish craft cider market booms

Mac Ivors Cider Co has just invested £250,000 in a new state of the art German cider press and a new 10 acre orchard.

This year Mac Ivors got silver in Blas na hÉireann for its Traditional Dry and Plum and Ginger ciders, was voted best Artisan producer in Armagh, joint best in Ulster and joint best in Ireland. The producer also picked up a Great Taste Award for Traditional Dry and Medium ciders and a silver medal at the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards.

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December 3 In the Press


Blue Ocean Monitoring team expands as demand for data monitoring platforms increase

Blue Ocean Monitoring is a global oceanographic and environmental survey company which provides leading edge services to coastal and off-shore industries.

The company, which has offices in Australia, USA, Singapore and Europe, has announced it is expanding its team with the appointment of Ramsay Lind who is now based at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton to meet the increasing global demand for ocean data monitoring platforms.

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November 29 In the Press

Teachers' are being balloted for strike action

7,000 teachers are being balloted for strike action as fair pay rise talks fail

Thousands of teachers across Northern Ireland could be walking out of classrooms in December as part of strike action as fair pay talks break down, says union.

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) are balloting its 7,000 members for strike action as it claims talks between employers and the Department of Education have broken down. Gerry Murphy, INTO’s Northern Secretary, says teachers have had enough and the education system is at a crisis point. Here’s the story:

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November 23 In the Press

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton has announced ten businesses, two of which are new investors are to create 100 new jobs in the North West an investment of over £5.6million in the local economy. Speaking at Invest Northern Ireland’s Timber Quay offices the Minister said: “This multi million investment by indigenous businesses and UK investors is positive news for Londonderry. The 100 new jobs being created span a range of roles and industries including software development, engineering, marketing and finance, and once in place will contribute over £2.5million in additional salaries to the local economy.” Pictured with the Minister are Des Gartland, Invest NI North West Regional Manager, Conleth Doherty from Factory Automation Systems Technologies Ltd and John Deery from Mechanical Installations & Maintenance both of who announced they would be recruiting as part of their investment plans. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

FAST Technologies announce 17 new jobs and £1.1million investment for the North West

FAST Technologies is an innovative solutions focused company providing collaborative robotics, automation and software solutions for SMEs and large bluechip companies.

The company employs 30 people and exports products across the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Asia, Scandinavia and the US. Today, FAST Technologies announced a £1.1million investment for the North West with the creation of 17 new highly skilled jobs. Congratulations to FAST Technologies on this announcement. Here’s the story:

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