Caragh Nurseries

Caragh Nurseries is a 55- acre production nursery, located in Caragh Village, Naas, Co. Kildare. The nursery is owned and run by husband and wife team, Jo and Ian McGarry. The team are specialists in large trees and trees in frames to provide instant privacy in both commercial and residential settings. The nursery has been behind the creation of some of Ireland’s most impressive commercial and private gardens including the spa gardens at Galgorm Spa Resort in Antrim and the entrance avenue at Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge. www.caraghnurseries.ie

Curragh Racecourse

The Curragh Racecourse in Co. Kildare is the home of the classics and the location for the flagship race, The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. O’Brien PR runs the ladies days (fashion competitions) at The Curragh. Race meetings we will be working on in 2017 include The Darley Irish Oaks, July 16th and Irish Champions weekend 10th September. www.curragh.ie

Tickets are available for competition give aways upon request.

Dooley Insurances

The Dooley Insurance Group is one of the largest independent brokers in the country, based in Millennium Park in Naas, Co. Kildare the group offers insurance and financial services to both individuals and companies. Its customer base is spread throughout the country and the group currently has in excess of 7,500 clients on its books.  Services include financial planning and wealth management and the provision of general insurance products, Life and Pension products and wider financial investment advice.  It is currently in the top 3% of independent brokers in terms of turnover nationally and is the fifth largest provider of health insurance solutions to the Irish market.  The company provides general insurance and financial advice solutions to SME’s, professionals and individuals.  The menu of products includes over 1,000 insurance solutions from over 50 of the world’s leading global insurers but the company’s www.dooleyinsurances.ie

Dubai Duty Free

Founded on 20th December 1983, Dubai Duty Free recorded first-year sales of US$20 million and has grown into one of the biggest travel retail operator in the world with sales turnover of US$1.85 billion in 2016.  Now employing over 5,900 people, the operation has consistently raised the benchmark for airport retailing and it continues to grow. Dubai Duty Free currently operates over 35,000 sqm of retail space at Dubai International Airport and 2,500 sqm at Al Maktoum International that will grow in line with the massive development plans of Dubai South, which ultimately cover some 80,000 sqm of retail.

To date, Dubai Duty Free has received more than 550 industry awards and in 2016 alone, the operation was presented with 28 awards including the DFNI Global Awards for Travel Retail Excellence for  “Global Travel Retailer of the Year” and “Airport Travel Retailer of the Year” among others. A long-time supporter of major sporting events that help to promote Dubai as a leading destination, Dubai Duty Free is proud to be the title sponsor of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Interviews may be possible with Colm McLoughlin Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation 6-9thth July , Portstewart, Antrim, NI

We handle Dubai Duty Free’s sponsorship of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation. The 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation is set to be the biggest in the tournament’s history, with an increased prize fund of US$7million to be matched by an enhanced fan experience outside of the ropes.

Four-time Major Champion Rory McIlroy will defend the title in front of his home fans at Portstewart Golf Club from July 6-9, adding another level of excitement to the island of Ireland’s national championship.

The announcement last November which confirmed the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open as one of the eight prestigious Rolex Series events also means it will benefit from increased investment across the board, enhancing the overall fan experience as well as the digital, broadcast and social media offering. This year the tournament will be held at Portstewart Golf Club Co. Antrim with a percentage of all tickets sold going to support the Rory Foundation, a charitable foundation that helps children’s charities across the island of Ireland. www.dubaidutyfreeirishopen.com

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby- 1st July, The Curragh Co. Kildare

2017 marks the 10th year of Dubai Duty Free’s sponsorship of the Irish Derby. The highly anticipated 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival takes place at Ireland’s premier international racecourse, The Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare on Saturday, 1st of July. Sponsored by Dubai Duty Free since 2008, this event is Ireland’s answer to Royal Ascot and is the place to see and be seen, renowned across the nation for its high octane glamour and style, celebrities, fun seekers and racing enthusiasts alike. Dubai Duty Free have made this one of the most exciting races in Europe with prize money of €1.5million up for grabs, making it Ireland’s richest and most prestigious race. The festival also includes the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Golf Classic 29th June and The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Ball, 30th of June, both of which are staged at The K Club, in Co. Kildare


The Educogym Group is headed up Jamie Myerscough who is the master franchisee holder of Educogym in Ireland and who also owns several gyms in Dublin and Kildare. The gyms concentrate on intensive 20-minute training sessions using weights to burn fat and build muscle. Clients also eat a regulated and controlled diet. The system is focused on nutrition and carefully balances workouts with diet. It is very efficient and people see results within 12 days of training. www.educogym.com

Interviews are available with Jamie Myerscough CEO of Educogym upon request while press trials on the programme may also be considered

Flynn Hotel Group –

There are four hotels in the Flynn Hotel Group, which is an Irish owned, family run group of hotels. Hotels include The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, The Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, The Imperial, Cork and The Park Hotel, Dungarvan. The four hotels in the family run group are all located in great locations throughout the country providing guests with a choice of urban and suburban retreats. The Old Ground Hotel in Ennis, Co. Clare is a beautiful manor house which dates from the 18th century and offers luxury 4-star accommodation in the heart of the bustling town.

The Imperial Hotel is an iconic property set in the heart of Cork city. It is Cork’s most centrally located hotel, just a minute’s walk from the premier shopping and commercial district. Sumptuously appointed, the decor is a perfect blend of old and new.   The Escape Spa at The Imperial Hotel offers a range of Aveda treatments and is a wonderful oasis of calm in the heart of Cork city. The spa also includes a hair salon, the Vitality Suite featuring an Evian Hydrotherapy Pool, tropical rain and mist showers, a Relaxation Suite and Aroma and Salt Grottos.

The Newpark Hotel is a well established and highly regarded property and was Kilkenny’s first hotel. Located just a few minutes drive from the heart of the medieval city, The Newpark is a great base to shop, relax or visit the local historical and cultural sites.   Recently refurbished, it now boasts one of the finest health clubs in the country which features a 52 ft indoor heated pool, and a state of the art fitness suite. There is also a steam room, sauna, relaxation room, plunge pool and children’s pool. The fabulous outdoor Vitality Pool overlooks the mature gardens and is a firm favourite with guests while the spa offers a large menu of both face and body treatments for weary souls. The Newpark Hotel is a family friendly property and has interconnecting rooms available for families of three children and more.   The little ones will really enjoy the kids club and the wildlife farm where they can meet the resident donkeys, chickens, geese, goats, cows, alpacas and llamas!

The Park Hotel and Leisure Centre in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford has 87 rooms and suites which have recently been upgraded. Situated on five acres of landscaped gardens and just a five minute walk from the centre of the town, the hotel enjoys a peaceful location. Self catering accommodation is available on the grounds and the three bedroom, mews homes are proving to be a popular choice for families. There is also a kids club, fitness centre and swimming pool and golfers will be spoilt for choice as three courses are situated within a short drive of the property.

Competition giveaways possible, day spa visits for reviews with beauty press, press fam trips and food reviewers welcome.

 Irish Injured Jockeys

Irish Injured Jockeys is an organisation that supports jockeys and their families who have been seriously hurt as a result of a horse riding accident. In 2017 Irish Injured Jockeys will run a three part charity race series, called the Corinthean Challenge. Amateur riders will have to race over three race tracks in order to raise much needed funds for Irish Injured Jockeys. The first Corinthean Challenge was held in 2016 and raised over €120,000

K Club

The K Club is a multifaceted resort set on 550 acres on the banks of the River Liffey in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Just 30 minutes from Dublin Airport and Dublin City Centre the resort includes a 140 bedroom hotel; two Arnold Palmer designed championship golf courses, The Palmer Ryder Cup Course and The Smurfit Palmer Course, K Spa and several restaurants and bars. The resort has staged 13 European Opens and the Ryder Cup 2006 while the hotel was the AA Hotel of the Year 2010/2011. In 2016 is was the host venue for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by The Rory Foundation which was won by Rory McIlory. Other facilities and activities offered on site include conferencing, fishing, horse riding, archery, wine cellar and art and history tours. There is a dedicated Health & Fitness Club and a Kids Club which runs daily.

The magical setting of the resort, the magnificent grounds and stringent attention to detail and service has made the property a firm favourite with golfers, families, business travelers, spa goers and wedding couples.

Fam trips, competitions prizes available. Michael Davern, CEO and MD of The K Club is available for interview upon request.

Naas Racecourse

Naas Racecourse is located in the heart of the Thoroughbred County of Kildare, just 18 miles from Dublin City and on route to Cork, Limerick and Waterford. The track plays host to both national hunt and flat race meetings and is home to the grade 1, Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle in January.   There are seventeen race meetings in 2017 and aside from top class horse racing there are events of all kinds including family fun days, summer barbeque evenings, live music events and ladies days on race days throughout the year.

Newbridge Silverware

Since 1932, Newbridge Silverware has been Ireland’s premier designer and producer of homeware and giftware products. The company designs and make beautiful jewellery and tableware. It is essentially a luxurious Irish lifestyle company. The showrooms in Newbridge, Co. Kildare are filled with beautiful home and giftware items while the cabinets glisten with Newbridge Silverware jewellery. The company is also famous for collaborating with well-known celebrity names and fashionistas including rugby player, Rob Kearney, supermodel Naomi Campbell and actress Amy Huberman. Today the Newbridge Visitor’s Center hosts the acclaimed Museum of Style Icons (MOSI). The museum is a permanent exhibition dedicated to design and style excellence while celebrating some of the world’s most iconic personalities. The museum features personal effects and items from Ireland’s most notable designers and displays artefacts from legendary stars of film and television known worldwide. These include Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bette Davis, Gloria Swanson, Vivien Leigh, Jean Simmons, Ingrid Bergman, and so much more. For more information on Newbridge Silverware and The Museum of Style Icons go to www.newbridgesilverware.com

 Nostra ICT

Nostra is an independent ICT company based in Lucan, Co. Dublin. It was established by Kevin O’Loughlin, Gary Byrne, Senan Finucane and Barry O’Loughlin in 2006 and has grown rapidly in the last number of years. The business has gone from just four staff in 2006 to 75 people in 2016 with 50 new positions to be filled over the next three years. The company supports well-known brands including BoyleSports, Dawn Farm Foods and aerospace giant, Avolon among many others.

In 2016 the company turned over €7 million and it is currently in the second year of a 5-year plan to achieve a turnover of €25 million with 147 jobs by 2020. To meet this expansion, Nostra recently extended its headquarters at Lucan and has just completed a full renovation and state-of-the-art 9,000 sq. ft. facility.

With the skills of a dedicated technical, sales, support, and administrative staff, it helps organisations of every size and industry to integrate technology with their business. The company provides a complete suite of integrated solutions across the entire ICT spectrum and delivers them as part of an end-to-end managed service. It starts with an analysis of a client’s business needs both now and into the future, and works with them to design a comprehensive ICT strategy. Nostra develops the solution, identifies the best technology, implements it, supports it, and maintains it with a range of trusted and proven skills in data infrastructure, managed services, cloud, networking and security, and contract resourcing. Because it is an independent company its advice is always impartial, and Nostra will only ever recommend the solutions that are right for its clients. Nostra see themselves as being a trusted IT project delivery partner as opposed to just another supplier of services. www.nostra.ie

CEO of Nostra, Barry O’Loughlin is available for interview upon request.

Osprey Hotel

The Osprey Hotel in Naas, Co. Kildare is a four-star hotel which includes a conference centre, health club, entertainment venue, spa, bar and restaurant. The property is a contempory facility located just on the outskirt of Naas town centre and is a popular venue for conferences and events, weddings and leisure guests alike. www.osprey.ie

Press trips (fam trips) may be available upon request

Pestle & Mortar Cosmetics

Pestle & Mortar Cosmetics is an Irish owned and run skincare brand. The company, which was established in December 2014 by husband and wife team Sonia and Padraic Deasy has experienced rapid growth and has developed and launched six skincare products in just over two years.

Pestle & Mortar’s turnover reached over €2 million in 2016 with products sold through key retailers and specialist skin care providers in Ireland, the UK and America.   Retailers at home include Arnott’s and Avoca while Liberty in London and ABC Home in New York are stockists abroad. The company also sells direct to the consumer through its online platform and to high end day spas. Such has been the success of the business that QVC in America has asked to stock and sell all of the products starting with the Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil. QVC is the largest home shopping television station in the world, established in 1986 the station has a reach of over 200 million households worldwide. All told, some 106 million American viewers tune in to QVC and the platform’s vast reach as a retail channel is strengthened by its unique ability to weave fascinating backstories.


Sonia Deasy, CEO of Pestle & Mortar Cosmetics is available for interview upon request.



Last updated by Aileen O’Brien, 10th April 2017