Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Murphys Ice Cream Launch

On Friday the 19th of June we were all very excited to go to Powerscourt Centre for an ice cream party to enjoy some delicious ice cream and sorbets from Murphys.

We took advantage of the very generous samples and had the opportunity to try unusual flavours such as Barry's Tea, Goats Cheese, Brown Bread and Seaweed ice cream - some of which were served on crackers which was a nice touch. The brown bread ice cream had a slightly buttery taste which was unexpected... but good!

To add to the excitement, the kids were delighted by the tasty treats... and two calves, that made the journey up from Kerry especially for the launch. Makes a change from the usual models at these things – yes ice cream parties – that's where they all hang out!

As well as ice cream, the big kids got to taste some delicious ice cream and alcohol cocktails with impressive flavours like mango sorbet sangria, raspberry sorbet margaritas, and many more concoctions with Prosecco... Kir Royale... Baileys... Irish whiskey... yum.

The team from Murphys were fantastic – a huge thank you to everyone who was involved with the event, Niamh, Claire, Sinead, J.P, Gary and a big shout out to Sean and Kieran – the brains behind the business. Having worked with Murphys over the years and it was great to have a party in Dublin to celebrate their first scooping cabinet in the big smoke.

It was a great success and there was a buzz in the atmosphere. Later that evening, everyone went their separate ways with smiles on their faces and full from over indulgence of ice cream. Satisfaction.

For a bit more about Murphys, check out their website and Kieran's Blog at:



Friday, 12 June 2009

Händel, Messiah - free concert

There will be a free performance of Händel's Messiah in Christ Church Cathedral on Fri 19th June. “The Messiah Festival Chorus” is comprised of 3 Choirs from the United States and 1 from London, with over 100 voices.

Händel, Messiah
The 2009 Dublin Messiah Festival Chorus
Conducted by Simon Carrington
Soprano: Roisín O Grady
Alto: Tania Sewell
Tenor: Eugene Ginty
Bass: Jeffrey Ledwidge

19 June 2009
ENTRANCE FREE (first come - first served basis)

Friday, 13 March 2009

Benefits of using ISRC on your audio/visual recording

What is the ISRC?

The ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is the international identification system for sound recordings and music video recordings.

Each ISRC is a unique and permanent identifier for a specific recording which can be permanently encoded into a product as its digital fingerprint. Encoded ISRC provide the means to automatically identify recordings for royalty payments. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) recommends that all music producers use ISRC.

Benefits of using ISRC:

The ISRC system is the key to royalty collection for recordings in the digital information age.

  • ISRC is a unique, reliable, international identification system.
  • ISRC provides a unique tool for the purpose of rights administration.
  • ISRC is a useful identification tool in the electronic distribution of music.
  • ISRC coding is compatible with standards developed in the field of consumer electronics and is readable by hardware already used in the recording industry.
  • ISRC is cost effective - it can be put into operation without requiring special investment in
  • equipment or technologies.

SEXTON+ encourage all audio visual producers to incorporate ISRC codes when we produce CDs or DVDs and the cost implication is modest enough.

For more info contact SEXTON.ie
8 South Great Georges Street
Dublin 02


International ISRC Agency
c/o IFPI Secretariat
10 Piccadilly
London W1J 0DD
United Kingdom
Email: isrc@ifpi.org
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7878 7952

Thursday, 19 February 2009

How do my audio CD track-listings show in iTunes or Windows Media Player?

When you play a commercial disc in Windows Media Player or iTunes, it takes a look at your disc and compares it to an online database to do a match up of tracks with their titles. Keep an eye out the next time you stick a new CD into your computer drive - you'll see a message saying something like 'checking database'.

Of course if you are not online (on a plane for example) your player cannot connect to the database. If you stick in an audio CD - no matter what major record label published it - your player cannot return your track listing information because you are not online.

So when you create a new disc, no matter whose software you use, it is unique and until someone enters the info into the database no users will see track names but merely TRACK 1, TRACK 2 etc.. This is regardless of whether you are an independent label or a major studio.

Therefore contrary to what many people believe the info is not burned into the audio CD during the replication process.

However once the database has been updated by a user it will exist each time any computer in the world queries the database.

Don't fret if you normally import your music from CD while you're off-line. The track listings won't show but that's OK - when you go back online at a later point you can ask iTunes to query the database and update your music library in one go. Once you've updated your personal music library once track names will always appear in future - even if you are not online.

If you're an independent record label or an artist publishing your own audio CD you should know about the database and update it before someone else takes it upon themselves to name your tracks! If would like to know more about the database check out our 'Knowledge' link.

On www.sexton.ie you'll find out:

- how to update the worldwide database yourself
- why the database exists
- who operates the database

Monday, 1 December 2008

50% off signage & marketing materials*

FORAS na GAELIGE is offering match-funding* to all Small & Medium Business (SMEs) through two new schemes to promote the use of Irish language.

The scheme will launch in Jan 2009.

Signage Scheme - External:
- Includes new and replacement signage
- Sample signage includes Shop-Front Signs; Business Livery; External Directional Signs, etc
- There is no need to translate the business brand name
- Both text in English and Irish should be the same size

Business Materials' Scheme:
- Includes new and replacment materials.
- Includes general branding, letterheads, e-mail scripts, business cards, memos, receipts
- invoices, HR adverts, publications, Websites,
- Packaging (product naming, labelling, design, etc)
- Internal Signage (direction signs, safety & security signs, automated in-store displays etc);
- Advertising Materials (exhibition stands, brochures, posters, flyers, leaflets, etc).
- Bilingual materials will treat English and Irish equally - this is best practice

* funding is limited to €2000 on external signage and €1000 on various marketing materials. To avail of assistance simply forward your company details on appropriate form along with an estimate to:

Áine Seoighe
Foras na Gaeilge
7 Cearnóg Mhuirfean
Baile Átha Cliath 2

SEXTON+ branding will be happy to help you in your application and text/translations:
Contact Kevin or Valentina: +353_1_670_3100

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Official Opening of Twisted Pepper by BodyTonicMusic

Off to the grand opening of the TWISTED PEPPER (another venture form the BODYTONIC CREW) this weekend Thurs-Sat (13-15 Nov). See below for full line-ups & details.

Thanks for the passes lads!

Loads of cool stuff coming up including Theo Parrish next week and Carl Craig & Ben Klock week after. Just confirmed: Modeselektor for Mr Jones for a full live & VJ show on 18 Dec. Doors will be at 8pm and tickets are available from www.tickets.ie.


FAKE BLOOD (www.myspace.com/welovefakeblood)
+ "We Got Your Fashion Right Here" - Mr Jones' Fashion Show

Doors 9pm (free 'til 10pm, e10 after)

MUD & Reach Present:
EQUINOX (Bassbin/Inperspective, UK)


Doors 10pm, Adm e15/e10 Members



Check the websites below for more details - don't forget ADVANCE TICKETS are always cheaper than the door when you purchase at tickets.ie

54 Middle Abbey St
Dublin 1

Thursday, 23 October 2008

McCain as POW

I hear John McCain's campaign have released photos of him as a POW - guess they want to hammer home his war experience.

I wouldn't have thought it much of a selling point for his skills as President & Commander in Chief of the US forces - I mean let's face it - HE GOT CAPTURED !

Worth looking at this:
Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman interviews professor Mark Crispin Miller on election fraud, voter intimidation, voting machine malfunctions and the Bradley Effect. Miller is the author of "Loser Takes All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008."

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Senior citizens protest publiclly following budget

Minister of State for Health John Moloney represented the Government at a senior citizens protest today in Westland Row, but he was loudly heckled and eventually left the microphone without having spoken.

The meeting was to take place in a hotel room with a capacity of 300, but when hundreds of older people began to turn up the meeting was moved to St. Andrew's Church, Westland Row.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore and Sinn Féin's Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin were all welcomed warmly.

The protest rally was organised by Age Action.

A second rally will take place tomorrow (22 Oct 08), organised by the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament:
Dail Eireann (Kildare Street entrance) Wed 22 Oct, 2008 12.30 - 13.30

The ISC Parliament is run by older volunteers who are elected annually at the Annual Parliament Meeting by delegates from affiliated organisations. The ISCP currently has 400 affiliated organisations whose memberships combine to a total of 100,000 individuals.

This membership means the ISCP has a genuine mandate to be the Voice of Older People in Ireland. The Parliament is organised on a non-sectarian / non-political basis.

Contact Information:
Irish Senior Citizens Parliament
90 Fairview Strand, Dublin 3.
Tel: 01 - 856 1243
Fax: 01 - 856 1245

E-mail: seniors@iol.ie
Web: www.seniors.ie
Blog: www.iscp.wordpress.com

Saturday, 18 October 2008

.a voice for children who don't have one

O2 identified IAA (Irish Autism Action) as their charity of choice in 2005. October 08 sees them launch an Affinity scheme for the ABA Schools nationally - they will donate 5% of a customers bill to the schools. This will apply to both prepay and billed users.

The 5% comes out of O2's take and costs the customer absolutely nothing. The customer should FREEtext AUTISM to 50308.
(NB. sending the text is free!)

If you/your company decide to sign up & don’t have a preference for a school for the donation, FIDELMA's friend’s nephew is in:
St. Catherines
Co. Wicklow
...they could really do with the extra funding.

To specify that your donation go to that specific school she would need your mobile number and bill payers name for O2
(forward back to us & we'll pass it on).

For more info:
this O2 webpage explains the scheme

Monday, 6 October 2008

Senate Ethics Committee formally reprimanded McCain

American tax-payers are bailing out bankers while being asked to vote for a presidential candidate who was formally reprimanded by the Senate Ethics Committee for his associations with a previous banking scandal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keating_Five).

After the savings and loan disaster of the late '80s and early '90s John McCain was accused of improperly aiding one of his major political funders, Charles Keating, chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association. Keating's Lincoln Savings and Loan Association took advantage of deregulation in the 1980s to make risky investments with its depositors' money (google it).

With investigators closing in McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating and championed legislation to delay regulation of the industry - that allowed Keating to continue his fraud at massive cost to taxpayers: 20,000 Americans lost their savings but the cost to taxpayers rose further from around $3 billion to, eventually, more than $120 billion.

The Senate Ethics Committee investigated and formally reprimanded McCain for his role in the scandal.

Fast-forward to today's credit crisis where lack of regulation and cozy relationships between the financial industry and Congress has allowed banks to make risky loans and profit by bending the rules.

Is it any wonder that McCain's campaign, in the last few days, have suggested they turn-the-page on the economic question?

Watch the documentary (13 mins) here:
paid for by the Obama Campaign

3 things you may not know about McCain here: