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All Star Accreditation Awarded for Captain Cillian Learning Adventures
All Star Product for Childrens Education Through Irish
Pictured L-R at the All-Star Accreditation Programme at the Fourth Annual All-Ireland Business Summit powered by Audi at Croke Park were, Master of Ceremonies Gavin Duffy, Carina Ginty, Founder, Captain Cillian Learning Adventures who was accredited with All-Star product for Childrens Education Through Irish.
DUBLIN MONDAY APRIL 23RD 2018: Leading lights in Irish Business descended on Croke Park on Thursday 19th April for the Fourth Annual All-Ireland Business Summit powered by Audi, where a 1000 strong audience from all 32 counties were captivated by the speakers who revealed their top secrets, confessions and the do’s and don’ts that have helped them achieve their business success.
The Business All-Stars competition final was one of the key elements of the summit. The Business All-Stars is an annual competition designed to identify, recognise and accredit Irish companies and individuals that have distinguished themselves in the conduct of their business over the last 12 months.
Captain Cillian Learning Adventures was accredited with the All-Star Childrens Education Through Irish. Speaking at the event, Kieran F. Ring, CEO Global Institute of Logistics, Deputy Chairperson Adjudication Panel said; “The decision to designate Captain Cillian Learning Adventures with All-Star Childrens Education Through Irish is based on the score achieved in four rounds of intense competition. The application, supported by references, interviews and independent ratings from the ‘mystery shopper’ process left the adjudication panel in no doubt that Captain Cillian Learning Adventures is richly deserving of this accreditation. We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to all concerned and we wish you every success for the future”
In response to the announcement Captain Cillian Learning Adventures said “I would like to express our sincere thanks for being accredited with the All-Star accreditation for Childrens Education Through Irish. Achieving All-Stars accreditation is a great source of pride for us and we look forward to continuing to meet and indeed exceed the standards set by the All-Star programme. The process which led to this accreditation truly stretched us, the structure of the competition required us to put our brand story on paper and gave us the opportunity to reflect on who we are, our growth strategy and above all the value we create for our target audience. The opportunity to hear first-hand feedback from our Judge-Mentor, our existing customers, partners and suppliers through the reference module combined with the results from the mystery shopper round was invaluable. We would like to thank all at the competition for making the effort to listen to our story, understand and accredit our business and above all help us to promote it”.
The competition finals benefited enormously from the atmosphere created at the All-Ireland Summit which was driven by the three key pillars of knowledge sharing, facilitating new business relationships and the continued improvement of business standards in Ireland, the All-Ireland Summit improves year-on-year – like so many of the great teams to have graced the hallowed turf of Croke Park.
Speaking at the summit, Dr. Briga Hynes, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Chairperson Adjudication Panel summed up the entire process by reminding the enterprises honoured with All-Star that: "Captain Cillian Learning Adventures has demonstrated an ability to innovate and has impressive growth plans which no-doubt reflects the resilience and optimism that are the hallmarks of Irish entrepreneurs. Captain Cillian brings a real inspiration for what is possible in business in Ireland and provides important role models for the many aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small firms”.
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Happy Saint Patrick's Day
Exploring the Causeway Coast
Last weekend we travelled up to the North of Ireland to explore the Causeway Coast. Following Captain Cillian's adventure trail! From amazing beaches at surfing town Portrush to the world heritage site Giants Causeway, then on to Carrick-a-Rede Bridge www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carrick-a-rede. Further up the coast you will find beautiful coastal villages. Learn more at http://www.ireland.com/en-gb/articles/tripideas/causeway-coastal-route/ and for the little explorers check out Captain Cillian's Pirates Ahead Adventure at https://www.captaincillian.com/store/p16/Pirates_Ahead_Adventure.html Enjoy learning and exploring!
Captain Cillian - Gradam Margaíocht as Gaeilge finalist, All Ireland Marketing Award
Captain Cillian is delighted to be shortlisted for an All Ireland Marketing Award - Gradam Margaíocht as Gaeilge. All Ireland Marketing Awards programme, organised by The Marketing Institute of Ireland, is the nation's premier means of recognising the success of Irish marketing professionals and acknowledging their major contribution to the ongoing process of strengthening the economy of our island. Award ceremony takes place in Dublin in May.
A fun morning chat with Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene on 2FM talking about creating Captain Cillian.
Good luck with the writing challenge Nicky the Navigator and Jenny the Jolly Officer! Looking forward to hearing the masterpieces!
Saying goodbye to summer sun and beach fun is difficult! A few favourite pictures from quality time spent in Salthill, Galway.
Some highlights from the summer include: the famous diving tower at Blackrock had a special visitor in August to support the Olympics in Rio - a great surprise on a beautiful sunny morning; my son, Cillian (age 7) took the brave step of jumping off the diving tower at Blackrock on a stormy but warm evening; the children also enjoyed finding Jellyfish and Crabs at the beach with their cousins from New York; and off course there is the wonderful sunsets in Salthill we were treated to on a fine day!
There is alot more fun to come in the Autumn. As the temperatures fall, there is still lots to do along the coast and many treasures to be found!
Now for some Ireland and ocean facts….
Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill Galway dates back to the summer of 1885, when a springboard was erected on the site. It was not until May 1954 that the Blackrock tower was built by James Stewart and Co to a design by Mr B Faherty. In 1954 the total cost of the tower was £5,500 (Irish pounds), of which £1,000 was contributed by the Salthill Citizens' Organisation.
For more information and pictures on the history of Blackrock, please check out the Galway Advertiser link http://www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/55052/swimming-and-diving-at-blackrock
My boys have asked me where does Seaweed come from?
Seaweeds are marine algae. Seaweeds are found throughout the world's oceans and seas and none are known as poisonous. Seaweed is actually lovely to eat and is found in many foods and health products!
Check out the colourful seaweed found in Galway Bay at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka0kyQ_AlL8
Now for some create and playtime activities...
A. Parents, teachers and children - take a trip to the beach and collect some samples of Seaweed, then ask the children to come up with some fun ideas to do with the Seaweed back in the classroom.
B. Take a few moments to write down three things you want to do this Autumn with Mum and Dad outdoors!
Enjoy the Ireland learning adventures!
CAPTAIN CILLIAN, IRISH SEA-LOVING ADVENTURER HAS LANDED AT SHANNON AIRPORT AND THE HERITAGE VISITOR CENTRES IN IRELAND
Captain Cillian, the Irish Sea-loving adventurer, has landed at Shannon Airport and the Shannon Group Heritage Visitor Centres, including the Cliffs of Moher, Kings Castle (Limerick), Malahide Castle (Dublin) and many more. Shannon Heritage, established since 1963 is one of the largest operators of heritage products in Europe and was one of the first companies in Ireland to develop and run heritage attractions and evening entertainments. Last year, they attracted over 630,000 visitors to their centres from the UK, US and Europe.
The Captain Cillian Ireland adventure book series is fun and educational. Each story takes children (from age 3 up to 9) on a journey of discovery, where they will explore Ireland including the Wild Atlantic Way, discover ocean facts and learn key words in the Irish language. At the end of each story children complete a quiz, puzzles and some creative playtime activities.
Shannon Group Purchasing Manager, Suzanna Kelly says, “We are delighted Captain Cillian, a fun Irish seafaring explorer, is now available with the Shannon Group retail outlets in Ireland. Captain Cillian is a perfect companion for young explorers travelling around Ireland this summer or a fun Irish children’s gift that international visitors can takeaway as a special memory”.
Author and founder of Captain Cillian Learning Adventures, Carina Ginty explains “since launching the book series in October 2015, they have proved to be very popular with mums and dads and their boys and girls, grandparents seeking a special Irish gift, and primary teachers and librarians in Ireland. The Ireland adventure gift packs have shipped worldwide to families in the UK, US, Australia, Asia, Dubai and various destinations in Europe. In addition, the stockists have grown to over 20 great retail outlets in Ireland including the Shannon Group, Kilkenny, Dubrays, Aillwee Caves, Charlie Byrnes (Galway), Kennys.ie, Dingle Oceanworld, International Education Services Ltd and lots more. There are also great opportunities to promote Captain Cillian as a learning resource tool for primary schools, and we are planning to extend and grow partnerships in this market over the next few years.”
Three titles are currently available in the Ireland collection including: Stormy Sea Adventure, Surfing Fun Adventure and Hidden Caves Adventure. Four key learning themes run throughout the books including:
· Explore Ireland
· Ocean Facts
· Learn Irish
· Create and Play
Some of the key characters in the short stories include Captain Cillian’s cousin Ciara (a great teacher and surfer), a mischievous Pirate Ben, the ships navigators Freddy Monkey and Polly Parrot, beautiful Mermaid Zara, leaders Suzie and Rory the Sea Seals, and seafaring mate Rian the Dolphin.
Written and created by Carina Ginty and designed by husband John O’Connor, both from Galway. Captain Cillian adventure books are priced at €6.99 each or the Adventure Pack or Personalised Birthday Gift Pack ships worldwide for just 25 euro and this price currently includes three adventure books, sticker sets, bookmarks and a fun wallchart. Worldwide shipping is included in the price. Further exciting titles in the Captain Cillian Ireland adventure collection series are in the pipeline. Check out www.captaincillian.com for updates including a list of great stockists and free activities you can download for home play, exploring or classroom activities.
Enjoy the Ireland Adventures with Captain Cillian and friends!
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Irish American Mum review
Many thanks to Irish American Mum, writer and blogger in the US, sharing Captain Cillian Ireland adventures with Irish families in the US. Check out the review at
A Mum of two great boys. Living in Galway city, in the West of Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way. Loves the sea, writing about Captain Cillian adventures and developing fun educational resources!