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New Irish invention promises 'kiss of life' for those near-drowned gadgets

TWO Irish entrepreneurs have invented a 'Gadget Saver' that gives gadgets the kiss of life after they have been immersed in liquid or splashed by fluids. It's claimed the new product will help save phones, iPods and electronic car keys that have been damaged by water, beer, coffee or humidity.

Damage by fluids is rarely covered by guarantee, say Dubliners Frank Dunne and Paul Schulman. The co-founders and inventors of Gadget Saver have spent 15 months developing the product which works by absorbing and removing tiny droplets of moisture from electronic devices. Prices start at €9.99.

Another new Irish start-up is the R Gray Gift Company at South Anne Street, Dublin. It sells giftware from top Irish and international brands at discounts of between 25 and 50 per cent. And the company has committed to donating 1 per cent of all sales revenue to the St Vincent de Paul.

MacGill book looks to what lies ahead

TRANSFORMING the Republic 2011-2016, edited by Joe Mulholland and published by Liffey Press, will be launched at the MacGill Forum on Wednesday, December 14, at the Royal College of Surgeons, St Stephen's Green, Dublin, from 9am to 2pm. The book is based on the proceedings of the 2011 MacGill Summer School.

GAA president to launch club history

BRENDAN McGlynn has compiled and edited Treasured Memories, a 30-year history of Naomh Olaf GAA Club. It tells the remarkable story of the club in the south Dublin suburb of Ballinteer. The president of the GAA, Christy Cooney, will launch the book in Naomh Olaf GAA Clubhouse on next Saturday, December 10, at 7pm.

Sound of the Supremes at the NCH

THE National Concert Hall in Dublin will host Christmas with the Sound of the Supremes on Monday, December 12. The show will feature Seventies and Eighties Supreme Kaaren Ragland. Tickets on sale from the National Concert Hall on (01) 417 0000 or from www.nch.ie.

Pipers explain their art on new DVD

LOVERS of Irish music will get insight into the art of uilleann piping on a new DVD featuring Sean Potts, Brian MacNamara and Peter Browne who are joined by Jackie Small on Piper's Choice Vol IV.

The three musicians perform their favourite pieces and explain in depth their individual approach to each selection and to the instrument in general.

Sunday Independent