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Online service of the week: News Archive from the Hardware Association in Ireland

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

Have you recently gotten an assignment to research on opportunities for distributing parts for hardware stores in Europe?

Would you like to know more about the state of building supplies and market trends?

If so, the news archive from the Hardware Association in Ireland is a very good starting point.

You can access the archive by visiting their website and selecting the Latest News menu button at the top.


Then, on the left towards the bottom you will find the listing of articles by month.  The archive contains information as far back as July 2011.

Additional sections

Complete listings for its Board of Directors and National Council Members. Choose ‘About Us’ from the top menu and then from the buttons on the lower left menu.

A link to the HAI Show to be celebrated in 2015

A link to the Hardware Journal, a magazine published in Issuu

Online service of the week: historical Fiji Rugby matches at

September 18th, 2013 No comments

Nothing beats knowledge about sports than being as close to the source as possible

This is true of the historical match database found at the website.

Simply select ‘Result’ from the main menu and it you will be able to search by team, match year, or match venue.


But the real surprise was to find the possibility of a match report and statistics that may go back decades in the past.

For example, after selecting ‘Ireland’ under the ‘opponent name’ search option, we are presented with a list that indicates that there was a visit from Ireland XV way back in june 1976 along with the full detail of players and scoring sequence.

We just wish that every country were as enthusiastic about their sports to keep such a rich legacy of information.

Similar services (In Spanish). A detailed look at matches and news around every sport.


Online service of the week: open calls for research at UCC, Cork

December 27th, 2011 No comments

The open calls for research section at the UCC website in Cork is a listing on opportunities for research.

Topics for research include:

  • Bioengineering
  • Postdoctoral Research
  • Medicine
  • Pre term birth

The topics are offered approximately around four months into the future.

To access this feature, from the main UCC website:

  • Select ‘Research’ on the top right menu
  • Click on ‘Funding’ and then ‘Finding funding
  • Click on ‘Open Calls’ at the bottom of the menu


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Update: Irish Prime minister’s website removes ‘Google’ from its title

March 1st, 2011 No comments

We blogged last September that the title of the Irish Prime minister’s website had the word ‘Google’ in it (presumably to increase its ranking).

Well, after months of waiting, this apparent mishap has now been fixed and surprise, surprise:  world order has been restored.

Both Google and Bing now return the Wikipedia entry with a higher rank.

Google results for query "irish prime minister"

Speaking of Bing, it seems so weird that the count of approximate results is identical to the one returned by Google.  That alone would merit an entire new blog to dissect.

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Service of the week:

September 23rd, 2010 No comments tracks property price increases and decreases in the Republic of Ireland. It uses publicly available information from two websites: and It tracks sites as well as new and used houses.

It produces details for up to four months, twice a week.

There are two unique features: a detailed change in percentage drops/increases and a full total/average of decreases in value. shows property decreases over time

As for the decreases summary, the insight is quite impressive:

According to the 22 sep 2010 report, the average combined net worth of each individual owning a house was reduced by around  32000 Euro in about 3-4 days.

If there is going to be a  place where to confirm a stabilisation in prices, it is here, so stay tuned as we are following its development.

Important: Some price decreases, especially the ones at the start of reports may constitute price errors reported in or

A minor improvement that could make the site more interesting would be to add a list of properties being off the market in each period.

Related sites: Track price changes by house address – lively discussion around issues and breaking news stories

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