SA tech entrepreneurs head to Dublin
/ 11 February 2024

SA tech entrepreneurs head to Dublin

Start-ups that won the Irish Tech Challenge want to expand their enterprises to the European Union

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/ 30 May 2008

Convention banning cluster bombs adopted

A landmark international convention banning cluster munitions was formally adopted by 111 countries in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday in a move supporters hope will stigmatise the lethal weapons as much as landmines. There were no objections to its adoption, which came after 12 days of robust negotiations.

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/ 24 April 2008

Zoo: No more calls for Anna Conda, please!

Dublin Zoo appealed to the public on Thursday not to be taken in by hoax SMSs that have led to its switchboard being jammed by an estimated 100 000 calls in two weeks. People are receiving SMSs to their cellphones asking them to ring the zoo’s number for an ”urgent message”. The texts are signed with names like G Raffe and C Lion.

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/ 2 April 2008

Irish Prime Minister Ahern to step down

Bertie Ahern will step down as Ireland’s Prime Minister on May 6, bowing to pressure for him to go early following a series of embarrassing appearances in the witness stand at an anti-corruption tribunal. Ahern, flanked by his Cabinet colleagues, announced his intention to resign to reporters in Dublin.

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/ 20 March 2008

O’Sullivan resigns as Ireland coach

Eddie O’Sullivan has resigned as Ireland coach following a disappointing Six Nations campaign and the side’s early exit from last year’s World Cup. Ireland finished fourth in the Six Nations, winning two matches out of five. They were knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages.

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/ 23 July 2007

Ireland hails hero Harrington

Ireland hailed its new sporting hero, golfer Padraig Harrington, on Monday after he won the British Open by one shot at Carnoustie in a thrilling play-off with Spain’s Sergio Garcia. ”Harrington’s victory — the first by an Irish player since Fred Daly’s at Hoylake in 1947 — was the stuff of supreme sporting drama,” said the Irish Times.

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/ 26 May 2007

‘Great night for Fianna Fail’ in Ireland

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern’s long-dominant Fianna Fail party marched toward its sixth straight election victory on Friday as voters opted to stick with a popular leader who has presided over unprecedented economic success. ”It’s a great night for Fianna Fail, and it’s a great night for the party machine,” said Ahern.

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/ 25 April 2007

SMSing takes its toll on Irish youth

The youth of Ireland are becoming increasingly poor spellers and writers, and their love of SMSing on cell phones is a major reason why, according to the Education Department, which says cutting-edge communications technology has encouraged poor literacy and a blunt, choppy style at odds with academic rigour.

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/ 29 March 2007

U2’s Bono made honorary British knight

Irish rock star and anti-poverty campaigner Bono was made an honorary British knight at a ceremony in Dublin on Thursday, the British embassy said. Presenting the insignia on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, ambassador David Reddaway said it was awarded in recognition of his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work.

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/ 12 March 2007

Ireland trumpets annual party on world stage

Irish leaders will jet off around the world this week to promote the Emerald Isle ahead of this weekend’s annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations, an increasingly global excuse for a party. Helped by the country’s ubiquitous expatriates St Patrick’s Day brings the <i>craic</i> (having fun) to the world — and Dublin is keen to make the most of it.

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/ 23 February 2007

Rugby and history collide at Croke Park

In rugby terms, the Six Nations match that takes place in Dublin on Saturday is all about the short-term future: the next four weeks that will decide this season’s tournament. But when it comes to Ireland and England clashes, it has always been hard to ignore the past, and that will be the case when the strains of God Save the Queen echo around Croke Park.

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/ 12 February 2007

France break Irish hearts with late try

France winger Vincent Clerc scored a try one minute from time to clinch a nerve-rattling 20-17 win over Ireland in a Six Nations clash at Croke Park in Dublin on Sunday. Ireland flyhalf Ronan O’Gara had landed a penalty with two minutes to play but from the resulting kick-off, the ball went loose and fell to French hands.

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/ 17 January 2007

Ireland’s economic boom threatens wildlife

The economic boom that has turned Ireland into the ”Celtic Tiger” is now threatening up to 150 species of animals and plants with extinction, a new government campaign warned recently. The Notice Nature campaign said species included the red squirrel, several types of bats, the otter, the barn owl, the corncrake, the nightjar and the salmon.

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/ 27 November 2006

Ireland beat Islanders 61-17

Ireland brought the curtain down on Lansdowne Road by thumping the Pacific Islanders 61-17 on Sunday. Flyhalf Paddy Wallace, making his first start, scored 26 points, and flanker Simon Easterby scored two of Ireland’s eight tries in the last match at Europe’s oldest rugby stadium before it is redeveloped.

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/ 18 November 2006

Wallaby Cannon not ready to fire

Two-time world champions Australia were hit late on Friday by the withdrawal of 2003 World Cup finalist hooker Brendan Cannon from their starting XV for the one-off Test on Sunday against Ireland after he failed to recover from a neck injury. Wallaby coach John Connolly said that the 33-year-old 42-times capped Western Force star had not satisfied the medical team that he was fit enough.

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/ 14 November 2006

Irish out to raise the roof at Lansdowne Road

Irish football bids farewell to Lansdowne Road, its rickety home stadium of 35 years on Wednesday in what could hardly be less auspicious circumstances. A team in gradual decline since the Charlton era of the 1980s takes on San Marino, the smallest country participating in the Euro 2008 qualifiers — and officially the worst team in the competition.

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/ 12 November 2006

Ireland try to keep their feet on the ground

Ireland’s talismanic captain Brian O’Driscoll pleaded for a reality check on Saturday after his team inflicted a record 32-15 defeat of 1995 world champions South Africa at Lansdowne Road. The 27-year-old centre said people needed to keep their feet on the ground with a testing match to come against two-time world champions Australia next Sunday.