Archive: March 2010

Fashionable Refreshment with Appletiser StyleFIX Fashion Shows

30 March 2010

Watch out fashionistas, a refreshing and sparkling fashion-fix is coming your way. Shopping destinations across Ireland have teamed up with Appletiser to bring a series of StyleFIX shows to a region near you! 

Appletiser, the most refreshing and healthy way to quench your thirst this season, will tour the length and breadth of Ireland with the hugely popular StyleFIX fashion shows over the spring/summer season. The catwalk shows will run from April through to August and will see the StyleFIX team showcasing the latest pastel shades and citrus brights from a huge variety of high street stores and designer brands in a high-impact fashion show – just in time for summer!

Touring seven busy fashionable shopping centres, models will strut down the catwalk showcasing a variety of trends such as military chic, pretty pastels and double denim - a fashion must this summer.  Also promising an appearance on the catwalks are boudoir-inspired lace; sheer fabrics and hints of lingerie, a look which will be sure to make fashionistas sizzle on those long, warm summer nights!

Audience members at the events will enjoy a complimentary Appletiser, free advice and make-overs from the make up experts at Smashbox and of course the very latest in summer fashion on the catwalk.

The Smashbox teams will treat guests to makeup tips and beauty know-how from their on-hand make up artists. Their teams will also be giving advice on how to make the most of what’s in your makeup bag and how to incorporate this summer’s palette into your look.

Stylist and show organiser, Cathy Martin, has her finger firmly on the pulse of all things fashion-related. She says: "Nudes and dusty pinks will continue to really take off this season as well as pale shades of yellows, oranges, blues and greens – I can see these coming into full force as we approach the summer. This trend is best suited to those with swarthy complexions but I’ll be talking to fashion-conscious consumers on the day to show how those with a Celtic complexion can pull this look off. Personally I love pale on pale, it’s just pasty that doesn’t really work!

"Big, bold and colourful prints will also be a hot choice this season so we’ll be showing you how to mix it up and embrace your vibrant nature to work the clashing trend, as seen on the international catwalks. Double denim, military utility and of course nautical are back again, but with new interpretations, so we’ll have some fun with those on the catwalk too."

Appletiser Brand Manager, Denise Farrell said: "This season the sky is the limit for hemlines. Shorts are shorter-than-short and command honed and toned legs. With less than 50 calories per 100 ml , Appletiser is the perfect refreshment for style-conscious consumers who like to look after their figures.

"Appletiser is a unique sparkling drink made from 100% fruit juice with no added sugar, colours or preservatives. It also contributes to one of your five a day, making it the perfect guilt- free bubbly for every social occasion."

The Appletiser StyleFIX tour stops off in Dundrum, Derry, Belfast, Galway, Limerick, Dublin and Cork for a day of fun, fashion and fabulous style so be sure to catch the StyleFIX team for a sparkling treat this summer. Look out for the dates in a centre near you or log on to facebook at

 Dundrum Centre, Dublin                 17 April 2010
Mahon Point, Cork                          24 April 2010
Foyleside Shopping Centre, Derry     29 May 2010
Born, Newtownsmith (Galway)           12 June 2010
Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick  19 June 2010
Cornmarket/Victoria Square, Belfast  31 July 2010
St Stephen’s Green Centre, Dublin    28 August 2010

What is the difference between a politician and a light bulb?

23 March 2010

This is the question to be asked tonight (Tuesday 23 March) when The Empire Laughs Back Comedy Club will play host to a unique glow in the dark evening of comedy in support of WWF’s Earth Hour campaign.

In addition to the audience members who can enter their punch lines at the live show tonight, Cool FM listeners were also given the opportunity to phone in on the popular Sonia Mac show and give their comical answers to this question to the club where, in true Empire Comedy Club style, the professional entertainers on the night, Colin Murphy, Charlie Baker & Fred Cooke will judge the best answer, with a little help from the audience!

The glow in the dark comedy night takes place in the lead up to Earth Hour when at 8.30pm Saturday 27 March, people all around the world switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about climate change. Previously in the UK alone Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Edinburgh Castle, the Wales Millennium Stadium and Stormont were among 200 buildings that signed up and switched off.

Jackie Hamilton, the producer of the Empire Laughs Back comedy Club said; It’s exciting for us to become part of a global event for such a relevant cause. Although global warming is a serious issue, we will be able to highlight awareness of it by having fun using glow in the dark balloons for lighting, and enjoying a unique glow in the dark show.


Republic to launch first Irish store, opening Belfast March 15th 2010

18 March 2010
Olly Murs

Republic, leading fashion retailer, is set to unveil its eagerly awaited first store in Ireland, in Belfast’s Castle Court shopping centre on March 15th. This new store is set to create 40 new jobs and will be an exciting new addition to Republic’s growing store portfolio which today stands at over 100 UK stores.

The 7500 sq ft, two floor store will showcase the best brands on the high street including own brands Soul Cal, Miso, Crafted and Fabric alongside big brand names such as Firetrap, Fenchurch, Diesel, G-Star and Bench. Republic’s unique model offers customers a carefully edited selection of ‘best of season’ styles and an extensive denim offering, ensuring only the hottest looks are available.

Designed in Republic’s ‘industrial chic’ style, the store will feature recycled architecture superimposed with an eclectic mix of finishes to give different areas of personality to the store.

 This dynamic retailer prides itself on its extensive fashion ranges, high quality products at unbeatable prices, friendly and knowledgeable retail teams and lively and welcoming in store environment. 

Mark Bruce, Regional Manager, commented: After a good year of like for like growth in 2009 we plan to take the Republic fascia and experience to Ireland with a plan to open 4 stores this year. This is a really exciting opportunity for the brand.

Customers will be able to take advantage of a number of exclusive styles, opening offers and promotions including 20% off everything in store during opening week.

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

01 March 2010

It is often said that people love life when it is experienced in all its glory, and what could be better than combining exquisite luxury and supercars, the finest views of Ireland, and the most superior accommodation available? Add some horse power to this by being part of the Claddagh GT 2010 and together you have a great tour around Ireland that benefits some of Ireland’s most worthy charities.


The Claddagh GT Tour promises to be the most exciting luxury car charity event in the all-Ireland 2010 motor calendar. The route for this spectacular road run, which will see the cars take in over twenty counties across Ireland, will give those taking a part a real sense of adventure, making it a truly memorable experience. The exhibition road run will stop at five locations from May 9 2010, including Belfast, Enniskillen, Dublin, Mayo and Cork. So whether it’s behind the wheel at full throttle or simply stopping in at the pit stop to view the magnificent road machines, the Claddagh GT experience is one that is guaranteed to be remembered by all.


Organiser Norman Kerr said, The Claddagh GT is not about racing from A to B, it’s a fun event for like-minded people who have that special car parked in the garage and love the summer arriving to get it out. There will be an awesome range of around 75 supercars and luxury cars from all over the world on display - ranging from Ferrari, Bentley and Lamborghini to Aston Martin and Porsche. This will give any motor enthusiast a chance to see cars from movies, television and glossy magazines within touching distance; as it’s particularly rare that any event could boast that many supercars in the one location! We’d encourage members of the general public to come and marvel at cars that Jeremy Clarkson would only dream of... There will also be a track day at Mondello Park in Naas, in which entrants can really put their pedals to the metal!


There is a charity element too, as Norman explains, The team at Claddagh GT believe in building charity partnerships and supporting charity in local communities. This year’s principal charity is NSPCC, which aims to end cruelty to children by fighting for their rights, listening to them, helping them and making them safe. We’ll raise money for them at the finish line ball through an auction and raffle.


The Claddagh GT officially launched in Northern Ireland on Friday 26 February 2010 at Belfast’s chic Café Vaudeville. Guests enjoyed a Bacardi-sponsored Pina Claddagh cocktail, and heard of great benefits to supported charities of the Tour as well as information on the route, the supercars featured and information on how to get involved with the horsepower.


The Claddagh GT 2010 is sure to be one of the most entertaining exhibitions Ireland will see this year. More information can be found at

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