Pet-Experts Advise Owners as Dognapping Sweeps Ireland

Terrified pet-owners across the country are on edge as news of a national dognapping issue spreads throughout Ireland. The lockdown created huge demand for pet dogs. Whilst many rescue shelters and professional breeders were unavoidably closed down, some less reputable sources have emerged. With demand at an all-time high, the sale of dogs has become a very lucrative business leading to the current spate of stolen pets.  Read more


Irish online businesses may face substantial fines for non-compliance with GDPR

Sligo company warns businesses as compliance deadline looms

In April this year, the Irish Data Protection Commission released updated guidance on cookie compliance* for Irish websites.  Dave McEvoy of Sligo based digital company, Dmac Media, is warning businesses that they may not be compliant and time is running out. Read more


Inspirational Jack (17) launches 2020 Netwatch Carer of the Year Awards


 Family Carers Ireland seeks nominations for awards which recognise, celebrate and shine a light on theremarkable contribution of Ireland’s 355,000 family carers.


The 2020 Netwatch Carer of the Year Awards were launched in Swords today with scenes of celebration as inspirational teenager Jack O’Donovan completed an extraordinary 5km fundraiser.


The 17 year old from Fingal, who lives with cerebral palsy, has been walking 400 metres every day with the help of his family including three younger sisters to raise vital funds, awareness and much-needed recognition for the work of family carers*.


Jack, whose mother Lynsey was the Netwatch North Dublin Carer of the Year in 2019, was met at thefinish line this afternoon by his family and supporters including Netwatch CEO Wendy Hamilton and Brand Ambassador and Irish rugby legend, Mick Galwey.


“At Netwatch, we all feel very privileged to have this opportunity to work with such a vital service. We acknowledge the strength of Family Carers, whose service to the country has become more critical in recent months and certainly more difficult. The decision to look after a loved and vulnerable relative may be a simple one to make, but it is powerfully difficult to deliver on. Lockdown has not made it any easier. Jack’s great effort here today shows us how important it is to move past the language of what can’t be done, towards thelanguage of what must be done. This is our second year supporting the Netwatch Carer of the YearAwards and every day we spend with FCI we learn something new,” said Wendy Hamilton, CEO, Netwatch


Family carers across Ireland make extraordinary sacrifices and work extremely hard, sometimes 24 hours a day, to provide care for family members and friends in their own homes. The Covid-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance oftheir role in society as they prop up our healthcare system by keeping their loved ones at home and out of hospital. With limited access to essential services and particularly respite, family carers are overstretched and receive little acknowledgement for their unpaid work which saves the State €10bn each year.


“The awards recognise Ireland’s 355,000 family carers for their unyielding sacrifice and commitment to care for their loved ones at home. Whilst 2020 has been challenging for people across Ireland, this has particularly been the case family carers, many of whom lost their vital supports and services during lockdown. Now more than ever, they deserve to be recognised and celebrated for their enormous contribution to our society,” said Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and CarerEngagement with Family Carers Ireland.


Also speaking at the awards, Jack’s mother and last year’s Netwatch North Dublin Carer of the YearLynsey O’Donovan said:


“Receiving the award last year was simply amazing and a very special day for all our family. Jack with thehelp of his sisters did this walk to raise much needed funds and bring awareness to the wonderful work ofFamily Carers Ireland and the CRC.   We are so grateful to them both”.


Nomination forms are now available online atwww.familycarers.ie, through Family Carers Ireland’s 21 resource centres nationwide or via theNational Freephone Careline 1800 24 07 24.


The 2020 Netwatch Carer of the Year Awards will be presented by Family Carers Ireland patrons Mary Kennedy and Marty Whelan at a scaled-back, socially distanced event at The Westin Hotel, Dublin on November 6th


www.familycarers.ie / www.netwatchsystem.com




A Kilkenny software business, MindaClient, today, has launched ‘Rebuild’, a CRM-Plus (Customer Relationship Management) platform for the post-Covid business environment. ‘Rebuild’ enables tailored management of sales, customer service, and most significantly, staff-time-management, all on one convenient digital platform.

 Covid-19 has changed the needs of businesses, with remote working now the norm. Brian Kelly, Founder and Managing Director of MindaClient, was quick to identify that the CRM needs of clients will substantially change in the post Covid remote working world.  Coupled with his personal experience of the new challenges of running a business remotely during the lockdown, he developed ‘Rebuild’ to provide the solution.

 Brian Kelly Founder and Managing Director of MindaClient explains, 

 “Clients were asking for a tool to effectively manage their staff who were now working remotely. Businesses needed to allocate work and check the progress of their teams and also continue to focus on sales, even though their sales teams and sales management could not meet face to face as frequently.” 

 The ability to  manage staff, allocate work and check progress in real-time is a distinguishing feature of the ‘Rebuild’ platform in addition to the unique aspects of ‘MindaClient’ which offers over 100 customisable elements to its users. This ensures that each business gets its own tailored system that perfectly addresses its requirements. Training and support is included upfront. ‘Rebuild’ facilitates excellent customer care as everyone in the company can see the latest client information, as it happens. 

 Brian observed,

“While I was working from home I saw my needs, and the needs of clients change substantially, so we set to work on ‘Rebuild’. There will be much less face-to-face time between management and staff. Work will be assigned remotely. This will have implications for the sales pipeline and new methods are necessary to ensure the needs of clients are met….’Rebuild’ makes this possible all from one secure platform. You could think of it as a CRM system PLUS, with a substantial new focus on staff management.”

 Rebuild is an easy to use package that will let businesses allocate tasks and monitor work. The ‘Rebuild’ platform will help businesses rebuild by focussing on staff, clients and sales. 

 For more information see: https://www.mindaclient.com/rebuild


New! Flexitarian Freezer Range – Healthy and ethical dining on-the-go.  


An exciting new flexitarian dinner option is due to hit supermarket shelves this month from Irish food company Clover & Greene. Created for the health conscious shopper who wants to step away from a traditional diet and dip into vegetarian/ flexitarian living. 

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Petmania presents Galway Cat Rescue with Gift Card

Local Rescue Centre wins top award and benefit from three benevolent fundraisers

 Olivia O’ Reilly of Galway Cat Rescue and animal shelters is grinning like a Cheshire cat this week with the news that Petmainia Ireland has, with the kind support of its customers donated, essential supplies and food along with donations to the sum of €165 to support the animal charity.

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Family Carers Ireland are David Brophy’s new ‘Unsung Heroes’ for RTÉ Documentary

Family Carers Ireland is proud to announce the airing of a heartfelt, two-part documentary on RTÉ One highlighting the hidden heroes of our society – family carers.

The programme, due to air on RTÉ One on Wednesday 3rd and 10th June at 9.35 pm, tracks the choir’s journey from a group of over 60 individual family carers coming together for the first time to a transformed, confident and unified choir. It also delves deeper into the lives of choir members and the highs and lows of their caring roles.

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Hot Diggity Dog – Protect Pets from Heatstroke

As Ireland looks set to sizzle in the coming days with temperatures soaring to above 25 degrees Celsius Irish pet-experts, Petmania, are warning pet owners to be vigilant for the signs of heatstroke.

The effect of heatstroke on household pets can be detrimental to their health causing organ disfunction, respiratory distress and neurological damage. If left untreated can be fatal for animals. Read more



Family Carers Ireland Launch Counselling Service

Family Carers Ireland is pleased to announce a new free online counselling service available to family carers funded through the Dormant Account Fund administered by Pobal. Launched today the service was set up in recognition that family carers often live with higher levels of anxiety, depression and stress than the general population. Read more


Media Release: Covid-19 Causes Car-Search Crash

Media Release 12.05.2020

Car searches stall – 89 per cent drop since virus

A digital survey conducted by Sligo based web-developers, Dmac Media has identified a sudden and significant drop in consumer interest in purchasing new or used cars with a year on year decline of 89 percent when comparing March 2019 with March 2020. In March 2019, there were 971,020 searches and this has dropped to 104,550 for the same period in 2020. This poses a major challenge for car dealers as the economy slowly opens. Read more