The Irish Times e-paper

The Irish Times are offering a free trial of The Irish Times e-Paper which has just been launched.

Users of the medium will be allowed to customize and listen to their paper, download the paper for offline reading, and also create RSS feeds.

Free-trial, of course, means that The IT will be charging for the service which reminds me of the unfortunate demise of the previous incarnation of The IT’s premium based paper. I hope this time it succeeds, although releasing the application during a recession may prove to be the incorrect decision.


The Value of Culture Ireland

In The Irish Times today, two articles appeared voicing their concern of An Bord Snip’s proposal to abolish Culture Ireland. Rónán McGreevy wrote about Colm Tóibín’s appearance on Myles Dungan’s radio show on RTÉ Radio 1, as he espoused Wtilde’s maxim of cynics.

The other article, ‘Putting a price on Culture’ emphasized Culture Ireland’s importance to Ireland as a nation as culture is America’s greatest export, as it is ours. Without it, Ireland would be devoid of museums, concerts by local and internationally renowned artists, theatres, festivals, would result in the loss of 6,000.

McCarthy seemed to opt for the soft targets, or as Tóibín suggested, ‘knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing.’