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  • The Irish Times

    Irish ad agency Rothco snapped up by Accenture for undisclosed sum

    Irish advertising agency Rothco, whose clients include AIB, Heineken, Tesco, Lyons and Dublin Bus, has been acquired by Accenture for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 1995 by Patrick Hickey, Paul Hughes & Patrick Ronaldson, Rothco is an award-winning creative agency that employs more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals. The consulting giant said acquiring Rothco would complement and expand its interactive division’s presence in Ireland and the UK “Accenture Interactive is a hugely exciting brand to be a part of. It’s shown tremendous leadership in moving towards a new agency model, and we’re very excited to be part of that change,” said


    Fianna Fáil councillor Trevor Gilligan wrote you a Christmas song

    Still better than David Bowie and Bing Crosby's 'Little Drummer Boy'. Fianna Fáil's answer to Calvin Harris, Trevor Gilligan has returned with a brand new Christmas song and boy, is it a stocking filler of a tune. 'Christmas Kiss' is the latest from the Clondalkin councillor who was previously described in JOE as both "more than decent" and "Trevor" after he submitted his song, 'Keep You Warm', as a potential Irish Eurovision entry. Now, he's telling you to "come play on my sleigh" and you'd be a fool not to, because this might be the greatest Christmas tune ever written by a member of Fianna Fáil. "Writing a Christmas song is every songwriters dream", he said in the announcement. "It's not easy.


    Ed Sheeran wishes his grandfather was alive to see him get an MBE

    A touching tribute by the 'Perfect' singer. Ed Sheeran shared heartfelt moment with Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show this week as he talked about his Irish grandfather. Before performing his song, 'Nancy Mulligan' he explained the inspiration behind its lyrics, telling Tubridy, "'Nancy Mulligan' is about my grandfather and grandmother. My gradfather is a Protestant from Belfast and my Grandmother is a Catholic from Wexford. "When they got married it was like a real thing, but they went against people, got married and ended up being married for 66 years before my grandfather passed away." Describing his grandfather, William Sheeran as a "huge royalist", Ed said that the MBE (Member of the Most


    Curb Your Enthusiasm will return for a tenth season

    Prett-ay, prett-ay good news. Curb Your Enthusiasm is coming back for a tenth season, the network HBO has announced. After returning from a six year break, Larry David's painfully awkward sitcom won high praise from viewers and critics alike as it decided to make its ninth season about the Seinfeld-creator receiving a fatwa from the Iranian Ayatollah. The finale aired on 3 December in the US, at which stage reports began to come out suggesting that David was officially done with the show. Commenting on the news, Larry David joked, “As I’ve said many times, when one has the opportunity to annoy someone, one should do so.” No date has been specified as to when the new season will be filmed, or


    10 reasons why Fairytale Of New York is the greatest Christmas song in history

    Let the great Fairytale Of New York debate end here. There are certain Christmas traditions that most Irish people will strictly adhere to over the coming days. Eating your selection box for breakfast, watching Home Alone and avoiding those Brussels sprouts are a must, but listening to the superb Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl is also one of them. Here are some reasons why the 1987 track from their seminal album 'If I Should Fall From Grace With God' will always remain the greatest Christmas song of all time... 1) The opening piano chords Like all great songs, 'Fairytale Of New York' is instantly recognisable by that marvellous opening seven seconds, which has the incredibly


    Walt Disney Company makes deal to buy 21st Century Fox for €44.3 billion

    WALT DISNEY COMPANY has reached a deal to buy 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion (€44.3 billion) in stock, solidifying its position as a producer of entertainment content as it faces new rivals from Silicon Valley. The deal will see Disney acquire film and television studios, cable entertainment networks and international TV businesses, bringing popular entertainment properties including X-Men, Avatar, The Simpsons, FX Networks and National Geographic into Disney’s portfolio. 21st Century Fox’s television stations and Fox News channel will be spun off before the sale, however. “The acquisition of this stellar collection of businesses from 21st Century Fox reflects the increasing consumer demand


    'This claim is odd and absurd': Declan Ganley denies he commissioned dossier about Denis O'Brien

    O'Brien (l) alleges Ganley (r) was part of a conspiracy against him O'Brien (l) alleges Ganley (r) was part of a conspiracy against him GALWAY-BASED BUSINESSMAN and former political candidate Declan Ganley has been named in High Court documents in a case brought by Denis O’Brien against PR firm Red Flag. O’Brien first filed a case against Red Flag Consultancy in 2015, alleging that it was involved in a conspiracy against him. The billionaire businessman claimed a dossier about him compiled by Red Flag for one of their clients was part of a campaign to defame him and damage his reputation. A Notice of Motion was filed last week which names Ganley as that client of Red Flag Consultancy, the Irish