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    The Business Saturday 4 July 2015

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    A weekly look at the world of business and personal finance with Richard Curran, this week with a full programme dedicated to the theme of "Design", originally broadcast live from Industry lifestyle store and eaterie on Dublin's Drury Street.
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    Helen Cody

    Earlier this year, Helen Cody's show stopping haute couture creation was on the cover of every newspaper when Irish soccer star Stephanie Roche wore it to the FIFA awards ceremony, but long before that, the designer had been making a name for herself as the go-to brand for beautiful made-to-measure womenswear.
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    Kilkenny Design Workshops

    More than 50 years ago a study into Irish design was commissioned by the then Irish Government, it found that the design sector in Ireland was practically nonexistent and proposed a year of Irish design to help promote home grown creativity. happily in 2015 we finally have that Year of Irish Design, but that 1963 report also recommended the introduction of the Kilkenny Design Workshops - a project aimed at putting Ireland on the map internationally. Many of the international designers and their apprentices have stayed in the Kilkenny area. Reporter Liam Geraghty went to find out more...
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    The State of Irish Design

    Does the Kilkenny legacy still have a big impact on Irish Design? As we aspire to be the Silicon Valley of Europe, do we rank with other European countries in terms of design? And what does the future hold for the sector? To discuss the current state of Irish design, Richard was joined by founding director of Front End, Fiona Murphy; Sean McNulty of Dolmen; and Alex Milton of Irish Design 2015.
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    The History of the Skirt

    In this show all about design, we've decided to take a look at the changing fads and trends of the industry through one simple piece of clothing - the skirt. It has seen many reincarnations, as a result of changing fashion trends and even economic ones. Fashion historian, writer and founder of The Lost Fashion History of Dublin Tours, Ruth Griffin, takes us through the history of the skirt.
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    Designing Successful Cities

    From parking spaces to playgrounds, design affects every aspect of city living. But are Irish cities well designed? And can good design really transform disgruntled city residents into happy ones? Ali Grehan is Dublin City architect and joined Richard to talk about how crucial good city design can be.
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    Mad Cap Designs

    The most enduring examples of good design are both beautiful and functional, things we simply cannot live without. However, there are also quite a few designs that we would quite happily live without, in fact some might say that should never have been invented in the first place. To take us through a few of the strangest and downright useless designs, Richard was joined by Elaine Burke of Silicon Republic.
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    Sound Designer, Alma Kelliher

    Alma Kelliher is a composer and sound designer who works primarily in theatre, including productions by the National Theatre in London and Rough Magic in Ireland. She joined Richard to explain the nature of her work, and gave a demostration of pieces that she developed for Olwen Fouéré's acclaimed performance, "Riverrun".

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