Irish Dragon’s Den – Gavin Duffy

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Who’s Gavin Duffy?

No, I didn’t know who he was either until I came across this post over on Mulley’s site.

Gavin, it seems, is one of those characters on the Irish version of Dragon’s Den, a TV programme where desperate people prostrate themselves before three business types and beg them for money.

It’s an embarrassing show, but sometimes it can be funny as the contestants become increasingly desperate and the dragons try desperately to look serious and important.

The Brits have something similar but, as with all Irish copies, our one is a bit cheaper and the dragons a bit shabbier.

Did I say dragons?

The panel is the usual Irish celebrity A-list of waiters and travel agents, but Gavin in particular stands out for the quality of his web-site.

Gavin, you see, describes himself, among other things, as a media coach.

Now, you would imagine that a media coach would at least be able to read and write, wouldn’t you?  You’d imagine that a person engaged in media training would be able to check the little details when they write something for public consumption.  Yes?

After all, this is their public face.

I know if I was a Dragon, even if it’s only the Irish version, I’d make damn sure to get it right, because I know that if I didn’t, my credibility would be shot.

But in Ireland, maybe we don’t care so much about detail, or about credibility for that matter.

Maybe to us, superficial appearance is all that matters.

Gavin certainly doesn’t seem to care that much about getting it right in his new blog.

In Episode 1, Money for Herbie, Gavin refers to Herbie Porshe, Herbie Porche and Herbie Porsche all in the same post.

Not that inspiring for a media coach.

Maybe there’s scope for a service teaching these people how to write blogs properly.  What do you think?

I’ll tell you one thing though: you won’t find me standing in front of these dragons trying to persuade them of anything.  Life is too short.

47 thoughts on “Irish Dragon’s Den – Gavin Duffy

  1. Hi,
    Gavin Duffy here replying to your fair comment.

    Thanks for drawing to my attention that I did not spell Herbie’s name correctly on my blog. Blogging is a new to me and for Dragons’ Den I update a blog twice a week. On Thursday’s as the show is happening I write a few quick notes and put them up at 11.15pm as the show ends. I lash them up as quickly as I can so apologies I didn’t even spellcheck. What I am trying to do for people who follow the show is just give them some reaction and insight from someone who is sitting in one of the chairs.

    Genuinely all I am trying to do is give a break to those entrepreneurs who need some cash and a bit of a steer with their idea. I work very hard at it. What I mean by that is after the show has aired the real work starts bringing the products to market. In what many believe is the worst recession ever I am pleased that out of last year’s first episode I have helped four companies become really successful. We have sold the global rights to Animatazz, the animation kit, Takker is a huge seller in Woodies and will now be distributed internationally, henparty.ie is now launching a UK version and pedigreecattle is the number one in its sector.

    I gather by the sub-heading, “Now 20% More Offensive” your site is there to take the mick out of things and that’s fine with me but I am really embrassed at getting the spelling wrong, after all I was a journalist for many years. So fair cop. Speaking of being offensive one of the big advantages of doing Dragons’ Den is that I now have a way of escaping boring old farts at the various functions I attend. You know the type who traps you in a corner and starts telling you about his elderly aunty’s shingles. Since doing Dragons’ Den all I do now is saying “Excuse I am not interested I am out”. As I walk away from the bore I usually hear him turning to his next victim, “Did you hear what Gavin just said…., it is one of the real bonuses of doing the show.
    Fair cop, your point is noted, good luck with your site, I’m out! Gavin

  2. In fairness Bock, a full article taking someone to task over a spelling mistake? You are leaving a major hostage to fortune there you know, you may have to be very careful with spelling, grammar etc from now on…..

  3. The boss will be keepin an eye on ‘s all fer now on.
    :-)
    noo, whair is the spell checker on this flaming console,
    JONESY……………

  4. Good man, Gavin. Yes, I’m yanking your chain, though in fairness we tend to do a little more than just taking the piss. However, I thought it would be nice to see a tiny counterbalance to the spectacle of contestants shivering with fear on that TV show.

    More seriously, well done for replying so comprehensively. If we saw that kind of reaction to criticism from Irish businesses instead of the incredible defensiveness we’ve become used to, we’d have a stronger economy today.

    Esso Dee — The post is about a bit more than a spelling mistake, and anyway I’m used to watching my back. Besides that, since I’m not a media consultant or a dragon, | can afford to have lower standards.

  5. OK Bock, I`ll tell you where I`m at. While agreeing the Irish Dragons program is entertaining, it has a certain cringe factor. In fairness it occasionally throws up a good idea matched with a good contestant.

    Full marks to Gavin, he has the balls to own up and take the criticism on the chin. Maybe he could teach this groundbreaking approach to politicians and HSE spokespersons through his media coaching enterprise.

  6. Bock,

    I was going to tell you to lay off Gavin as he’s a decent guy, and it was only one typo, but he got there ahead of me. I used to know him years ago before he became rich and famous and he was grand then, and nothing I see of him on tv has changed.

    You’re right about his reply, if we had more of this kind of thing from officialdom and businesses then we’d be in a much stronger position today.

    One thing though, new to blogging or not, he knows how to use Google Alerts!

  7. Fair play for the reply but the show is still a load of bollox. It would be interesting to hear Gavin’s comments on RTE’s programming policy though. Does he think that Irish television does the right thing in copying every successful show from across the pond or does he feel that it smacks of a marked lack of creativity and, ergo, bad broadcasting standards?
    Hopefully he’ll respond, though I doubt it as it had very little to do with him personally.
    Fair play for the reply though.

  8. i thought there were five dragons in the den? if three are business types, what are the other two?

  9. Hi. I was a ‘contestant’ on the Dragons’ Den on Thursday and my company is Print Delicious, The Creative Chocolate Printing Company. As much as I don’t know Gavin or any of the dragons personally, I can as a ‘contestant’ at least say WOW! what an experience! It’s not everyday you manage to get your products on national TV (whether you get the investment or not you know at least you will get free publicity). The dragons’ really liked my product, but it just wasn’t for them, that’s life. However, I have to say that at least they gave me a ‘good listening to’ and didn’t tear me or my product apart. Infact, they were all complimentary! I was one of the lucky ones in that respect. I would do it all again tomorrow!

    Sandra Stanley
    Print Delicious

  10. Bok, or is it, Bock, or sorry Bawk, goo away and sttop you’re frantin ya biog ape yaa.
    Sorry about the spelling :)

  11. Wow, I am pleasantly surprised by the supportive comments and Bock I can see straight away your tough but fair. I should be writing my blog now which goes live in the morning but before I do that let me reply to the various comments if that is OK?

    I hope this isn’t too long of a reply but there are a number of issues raised by Mel Drew, Mark, Cap’n P and Sandra.

    Fuck you Bock I am now so concious of my spelling I am being extra careful but damn it I am just going to let my fingers follow my mouth and if there are typos I am sorry.

    To everyone doing Dragons’ Den is both equally brilliant and a nightmare. The production Company Shinawil acquired the rights back in 2006 but RTE himmed and hawed and it didn’t get the go ahead. Then TV3 did the Apprentice after RTE passed on it and when it got huge rating RTE panicked and suddenly wanted to do Dragons’ Den.

    By that stage I didn’t. The economy was clearly beginning to crumble and I thought the timing was awful. I genuinely believe my ego got the better of me. I was so flattered, I was a huge fan of the BBC show, I said yes. By the time we got to doing it, filming in November 2008 the economy had crashed.

    By the time we went on air in February ’09 it was no longer a recession but a great depression we were in.

    I will never forget after Xmas ’08 going into filming on the 6th of January ’09 the news that morning was that both Waterford Crystal and DELL were clossing down. It felt like the end of the world.

    Genuinley it takes a certain type of egomaniac or gambler to go into the Den that day and make a €50,000 investment in a thing called Takker as I did. But Takker has turned out to be a huge success and will pay me back twenty fold, that is €1 yes one big one.

    Anyway I was sure there would only be one series of Dragons’Den so I went for broke. To all our shock the ratings, viwership was huge. Dragons’Den runs in 18 countries but the Irish version in its first season achieved the highest marketshare of viewers of all 18 shows running currently. I put it down to two things. In only one other country does Dragons Den’air on the main channel and, I believe the real factor was, here were five eejits in the middle of the Mother of all recessions investing in Irish Start ups when the bloody banks wouldn’t even give strong, established businesses an overdraft.

    So RTE was now very, very keen to do a second series and so the madness continues. What worries me about it is, I could go under in this recession. I am only worth a fraction of what I thought I was worth it 2007. Now actually I do know I will come through but in what shape? Who knows. But if one of the five Dragons’had a business that got into trouble can you imagine how they would be pasted by the press.

    All I am saying is I am proud that at an awful time in our economy whatever money I had left I used it to back soild business people who had the balls and self belief to come into that Den and give it a shot.

    Sorry am I going on too much?

    Mel Drew, I agree with you 100%. In all of my consulting with businesses or people who get into a scrape I am convinced ahd they just fessed up asap it wouldn’t have been near as bad. It is not that they are deliberately hiding things it is the hierarchial nature of large corporations that is the problem. People are scared to reporty the bad news up the line.

    Mark thank you for youyr kind comment but you over estimate me. I know nothing about Google Alerts. I just thought here I am supposed to be a media guru, I hate that word, and I know nothing about social media, so I thought for this series I would do a twice weekly blog, and learn that way. If I wasn’t doing it I would have never spotted the pednatic Bock’s comments and it would have passed me by. But of course I did invest in henparty.ie and its founder Kate Hyde is an SEO genius and she give Deborah a steer in my office. The thing is Mark I don’t need to promotye my business, the media consultancy. We are the market leader and even in theis recession we are still out the door. But may of my clients are engaging in viral marketing so again I feel the best way for an old afrt like me to learn about it is to do it. Anyway thanks for saying I am a decent guy.

    Before I answer Cap’n P’s great question about copying a show like Dragons’ Den’let me just say how heartened I was by Sandra’s comments. She is right all five Dragons loved her print delicious idea and she was one of the best presenters I have seen in the Den. Unfortunately it didn’t get an investment because it wasn’t scalable. In investment we have a rule. “If it is not scaleable it is not saleable”. By scaleable we mean could we set up a print delicious in the UK could we franchise it in France and so on. But that has already been done and and Sandra has the Irish Franchise but I wish her well it will be a great success I am sure.

    Damn you Bock look what you have got me into over one mis-spelling. I should be writing my Blog now it half eleven on Sunday morning and I have to go out to lunch in an hour.

    So briefly, if I can, is it evidence of a lack of creativity in Irish broadcasting that we do a copy of Dragons’Den or The Apprentice? First of I believe very little is actually original. Everything has been tried in some shape or form before.

    But Irish TV would be mad not to do Irish versions of successful proven shows abroad. It is a risk and it can be got wrong. Who remembers Eamon Dunphy doing,, oh what’s that thing called presented by Anne Robinson, jaysus I have to go and google for a moment…, I am back, The Weakest Link, well that was…, embarassing but onthe other hand The Apprentice on TV 3 was super and easily as good from a production standards point of view the BBC Alan Sugar one. I do the interviews in the penultimate show of the Irish Apprentice and I would have to say the standard of candidate was much lower this year that in the first series so it became more like Big Brother in series 2 than the Apprebtice but it still got massive ratings.

    It is awkward for me to comment on Dragons’ Den because I am in it but I can tell you that Peter Jones of the BBC version is on record saying he believes the Irish one has an edge becuase it is, he believes, funnier. On the RTE one the Dragons slag one another and banter, it is typically Irish. On the British version there are better ideas, they have 60 million to draw from as opposed to our five million but if a funny one goes into the British Den they probably won’t knock as much crack out of it as we would here on the RTE version.

    The Canadian version is icy and the new american one, which by the way is called Sharks’Tank, as the Americans don’t like anything with a japanese conotation, is very stiff. The cultural differences are amazing around the globe. The Australian Dragons’Den is so sexist it is unreal. No matter what the idea is there is a blonde in a bikini demonstrating it. So if a gue came in with a pension proiduct he will have some Bondai beach beauty with him to holkd the brochure and say something cringing like “we all won’t be as young a beautiful as Sheila here so we all need to think about pensions for our old age”. I kid you not.

    It is hard to come up with an original idea for a TV show and get it broadcast and even if yoiu do it would take a few series to establsih it. I will never forget the day we were launching Dragons’ Den at a press do in RTE. All five of us went down the corridor to be shown into a room and introduced by Presenter, Richard Curran. When I got into the room I was shocked. There was about 20 press photographers and as many reporters. I thought to myself. If I had come up with some enterpiuse type show and we had a press launch would anyone turn up. But the fact that you are doing an established show means there is a curiosity and interest already there. The only drawback is you better look as good from a production values point of view. And wow did we hit a home run on that. To Molly the set designer and Andrew who lit it and to the Director, James and the camera crew of Joe, Gerrry, Martin, Ronan et al all under the eye of producer Eugenia Cooney they produced a lovely looking show that I hate to say, has a BBC quality about it. No reflection on some other RTE output but some shows just have that top line look about them,

    Finally Ireland has created some successful formats most notably The Lyrics Board which has sole well internationally.

    Hope I haven’t taken up too much of your time and the Bock will excuse any typos but I am just going to hit submit now..bye.

  12. I’m being a bit unfair to you Gavin. After all, your site is still only a start-up operation, and it will take time to develop a readership.

  13. Gavin. Admirable that you take so much time to respond in such detail to everybody’s comments. It’s always easy for invisible people in invisible places to slate someone for tiny slip-ups like spelling mistakes. It’s what we Irish are known for, ignore all the great achievements and attack the tiny little screw-ups, the things that make us human. Dragon’s Den has done much good for entrepreneurs across the country, giving them a much needed platform to get their ideas out there. Where would be be without Surf Seeds after all? Being in the public eye you are at the mercy of everybody’s criticism and as soon as you fall from grace, you’ll be gobbled up by Piranhas who don’t have to show their faces publicly or ever take criticism. Bock’s readership is impressive though. Perhaps there’s a collaboration between you two on the cards? Media coach gets coached by blogger?

  14. Haha, “I would have never spotted the pednatic Bock’s comments and it would have passed me by.”

    At the end of the day though, isn’t it all about getting your faces on our TVs? The show so reeks of ego, it’s vomit inducing. At least the lads on the English version have something that, on a good day, could be mistaken for charm. I see nothing of the sort here.

    You’re not the worst of them though Gavin, I’ll give you that.

  15. Dragon’s Den aside, could we please get rid of fucking Fair City, Katherine Lynch, that apallingly bad sketch show, Yer Bad Self – I think that’s what it’s called, Ryan Tubridy and the slavish loyalty to the Dublin glitterati. Licence fees should not be wasted on such embarrassingly bad rubbish. I know you have nothing to do with it, Gavin, but I’d still like to hear your thoughts on RTE programming in general. It just seems so devoid of imagination.
    For instance, why does every fucking chat show have to involve the audience? No one is interested in seeing the audience. If you watch the Jonathon Ross show, it seldom even shows the audience. This formula seems to be the only template with which RTE programmers seem capable of working.
    Can we please ensure that we limit the time given to the likes of Twink and Linda Martin to none. These women have had their fifteen minutes and are now largely pointless.
    Sets: Who designs the sets for RTE?
    Years ago, I appeared on Live at 3 – (recorded at 11, by the way) and it was the most ridiculous experience of my life. I was dragged to Dublin to mime playing guitar on a show watched, predominantly by grannies and I was treated to a cold warehouse, a non-functioning coffee machine and Thelma Mansfield losing her patience with a very nice woman doing a cookery section. We got delayed by an hour and we all needed to get back to Limerick to sign on. True story. The one thing about that was that there was no audience that day but, when we watched it back in the pub, we saw an audience there. Mad, I tells ya.
    That’s my tuppence worth.

  16. Hi Bock,
    in my language a Bock is a ram. Goat, mountain goat, sheep. The male is called ram. In human terms it is usually referred to as a ” horny ram “; speaks for itself. Using Bock for yourself is very befitting. You ram it in there and wait for a reaction. I like it. You are brave, aggressive and with an obviously no nonsense attitude stick your head out of the crowd and take the risk that it can get chopped off or severely dented or bruised. Thats the risk all Bocks take while going about their business. Before I go any further I would like to pre-emt the bucket of criticism about my spelling or my grammar. This is not a competition to get things perfect like in an exam, this is a platform to get things right, at least try to get things right or make things right. And here we get to one of the reasons why this came about and why I feel compelled to get involved in Blogging on your site : my name. Herbie Porsche thats what is says and thats how it’s spelled in my passport. If I would have one Euro for every time my name was spelled wrong over the last 28 years in this lovely country of yours ( I presume you are Irish even with a name like Bock) I would be a very wealthy man. It’s one of those things. Everybody in the world knows the name and uses it twice a day but when it comes to writing it down things can go wrong. Same goes for Lamborghini , etc. and other household names that are foreign. It is definitely a language thing; -sch, -sss, etc., you pronounce it but you don’t write it. I don’t mind having my name spelled wrongly. I am quite amused at times (check out the http://www.ardara.com web site from last week, in it it sounds more Polish then German). No harm done, no harm meant. At least people are talking about me and everybody knows who are they talking about.

  17. Hi Bock,
    in my language a Bock is a ram. Goat, mountain goat, sheep. The male is called ram. In human terms it is usually referred to as a ” horny ram “; speaks for itself. Using Bock for yourself is very befitting. You ram it in there and wait for a reaction. I like it. You are brave, aggressive and with an obviously no nonsense attitude stick your head out of the crowd and take the risk that it can get chopped off or severely dented or bruised. Thats the risk all Bocks take while going about their business. Before I go any further I would like to pre-emt the bucket of criticism about my spelling or my grammar. This is not a competition to get things perfect like in an exam, this is a platform to get things right, at least try to get things right or make things right. And here we get to one of the reasons why this came about and why I feel compelled to get involved in Blogging on your site : my name. Herbie Porsche thats what is says and thats how it’s spelled in my passport. If I would have one Euro for every time my name was spelled wrong over the last 28 years in this lovely country of yours ( I presume you are Irish even with a name like Bock) I would be a very wealthy man. It’s one of those things. Everybody in the world knows the name and uses it twice a day but when it comes to writing it down things can go wrong. Same goes for Lamborghini , etc. and other household names that are foreign. It is definitely a language thing; -sch, -sss, etc., you pronounce it but you don’t write it. I don’t mind having my name spelled wrongly. I am quite amused at times (check out the http://www.ardara.com web site from last week, in it it sounds more Polish then German). No harm done, no harm meant. At least people are talking about me and everybody knows who are they talking about. And at the end of the day names are only sound and smoke.
    Now to my Dragon Gavin Duffy, my knight in shining armor that came to the rescue at the last moment when I thought I had lost them all (the Dragons) . As you kopped fast he is the finest of the finest. I was very lucky to get Gavin as Dragon. I had plenty of meetings with Gavin and his lovely wife Orlaith ( There you are behind every good man is a good woman) over the last few month, I learnt an a lot . Gavin never tires to help the person and the product he decided to back along the way to achieve a set goal. He leaves no stone unturned as you can see in his very comprehensive reply to you blob (sorry, blog).
    I don’t think any of the candidates or contestants if you wish were shivering with fear. There is no fear factor. There are a lot of nerves and sweat and at times tears but no fear. The way your picture paints the situation its like these poor sods (contestants) are thrown in front of the lions in the Circus Maximus. Far from it . The Dragons are decent, grand, helpful, nice and considering the situation they are in all day long surprisingly patient. The nerves come from all the surroundings in the Den. Lighting, cameras, people, do’s and don’ts, watch this, watch that and the fear to forget your pitch or even your name.
    I take objection to “desperate people prostrating themselves” That comment is stupid and deranged. It would mean that anybody that sells anything is prostrating themselves. Every shopkeeper with a good display window, every ice cream man with a ding dong announces his arrival ,every coal man that shouts “coal, coal ” and countless other trades or professions trying to sell their produce trying to make a living is prostrating themselves. Far from it. There is no desperation, there is wishful thinking and hope and the believe in your product and your figures. And probably a good portion of luck.
    Thats all for now. I have to get ready for Dragons Den. One of the best television shows on the planet. To get ready for Dragons den means : open a good bottle of wine for my wife Maire and myself, get some snacks ready, ring a few friends to make sure nobody misses the show and wait in anticipation how the next victims are doing.Victims? Yes! Because we are all victims, the contestants, the Dragons and you Bock. Keep up the good work. No doubt we’ll talk soon
    Herbie Porsche

  18. Funny you should say that, Herbie. I was just talking to Herbie Ferrari.

    Christ, Bock, he said, why couldn’t I be called Herbie Ford? Or Herbie Fiat?

    It could be worse, I told him. You could be Herbie Lada. Or Herbie Mitsubishi. Or even Herbie Dragons!

  19. Just a rhetorical question..but are most rich people mad as march hares? I mean a bit madder than your average Joe Soap, as in they’d sell their mother for a bob if they could kinda mad.. :)

  20. Sorry, my blog got in one and a half times. It was my first blog that I sent in my life. You are quick on the draw, Bock. The Herbie Lada is the best. If Del Boy wouldn’t have had a three wheeler he definitely would have had a Herbie Lada.

  21. Herbie’s new idea, a toilet pipe cover to disguise the unsightly joint between the toilet pipe and your bathroom floor. Brilliant Herbie.. this time next year..

  22. You’re welcome Herbie. Best of luck with it.. Gavin knows good shit when he sees it.. ;)

  23. I heard this recently.. true story. :)
    A Banker parks his brand new Porsche in front of the office to show it off to his colleagues.
    As he’s getting out of the car, a lorry comes speeding along too close to the kerb and takes off the door before zooming off. More than a little distraught, the Banker grabs his mobile and calls the police.
    Five minutes later, the police arrive. Before the policeman has a chance to ask any questions, the man starts screaming hysterically: ‘My Porsche, my beautiful silver Porsche is ruined. No matter how long it’s at the panel beaters it’ll simply never be the same again!’
    After the man finally finishes his rant, the policeman shakes his head in disgust.
    ‘I can’t believe how materialistic you bloody Bankers are,’ he says. ‘You lot are so focused on your possessions that you don’t notice anything else in your life.’
    ‘How can you say such a thing at a time like this?’ sobs the Porsche owner.
    The policeman replies, ‘Didn’t you realise that your right arm was torn off when the truck hit you.’
    The Banker looks down in horror.
    ‘FUCKING HELL!’ he screams……..’Where’s my Rolex????…

  24. Thank You, thank you, thank you FME that is a brilliant joke about the banker and the porsche and what a punch line.., the rolex. Thanks be to God I also didn’t spell Herbie’s surname correctly in an early blog and good old Bock pulled me up. His dig at me brought me to this great site and, FME, that one joke is invaluable to me. I am constantly speaking at business dinners and conferences and a good joke like that is gold dust to a guy like me. God gave us ears and eyes to plagerise so I will be using your joke and to all Bock the Robber followers if you have anything similar, good anti business, anti banker gags and you’re kind enough to share them I’d love to hear from you. And Bock, as you are a blogging genius, if you have time, I, (the blogging virgin) would also welcome feedback on my Dragons’ Den blog at http://www.mediatraining.ie.

  25. Oh Herbie, that’s terrible. I don’t know what to say.

    I tried to leave a comment but it looks like Gavin has turned them off.

    Do you think you’ll be all right until we get this fixed?

  26. Gavin, I hope you show more decorum the next time you visit Thomond, Leaping about like a ginnet and grinning like a Cheshire cat is no way to be carrying on. You are however, more than welcome to bring your most attractive entourage with you, or maybe just send them along on their own, we’ll take good care of them for you. Good luck tonight, but try to stay seated for gods sake, it’s unbecoming of a dragon.

  27. Hello. I think that Gavin above has tried to bore you into submission. I wonder could he let us know why does the Takker have “Made in the United Kingdom” written on it if it is an Irish product? Gavin is promoting it prominently in ‘Infomercials’ in Woodies and Atlantic and it is twice stated in these videos that it is Irish, indeed he says it himself that it is “a great Irish product”. The company however is registered in Wales and its website also says the Takker is made in the United Kingdom. If is Irish then fair enough, but if it is not then what’s the story? All the best, Tomoli

  28. Tomoli, the whole world of blogging is new to me and it has been an interesting experience. However why is it always cynical, sceptical and critical? For example when I do have the manners to reply in detail I am criticised for trying to bore readers.

    Anyway, here is my reply to your very legitimate query. You are right there does appear to be a contraction so allow me to explain and sorry if it is not less than 140 characters.

    Takker is an Irish product. Damien McGrane lives north of the border. You are right the product was initially manufactured in Wales. The reason for that is initially we were manufacturing very small test quantities and the minimum orders at the Irish plants precluded us from manufacturing the test batches on the island of Ireland. Also remember we first launched the product at the UK’s Ideal Homes Show in London at Easter 2009 and for insurance reasons and product indemnity cover it said manufactured in the UK.

    Takker is now manufactured in Northern Ireland. Damien is not a political type person but being an engineer he sees things and states them as they are. He was reared in Manchester by Irish parents and now lives in Northern Ireland. He would always say he is Irish but he still sees Northern Ireland as a legitimate part of the UK. Look we all have to respect each other’s traditions.

    I am Irish.
    The money Takker needed was invested by me, a citizen of the Irish Republic.
    Takker featured on RTE’s Dragons’ Den.
    It was supported by the only truly Irish, DIY Multiplle in Ireland, Woodies.
    It is manufactured on the island of Ireland.
    It is therefore and unapologetically an Irish success story.

    Tomoli thank you for taking the time to watch the infomercial so attentively. I hope you supported this Irish product and all your pictures etc are now hung with the help of the amazing Takker.

    Finally there are going to be some major developments on the Takker front shortly. This Irish success story has only just begun.

  29. Gavin thanks very much for your response and if it is made in NI then that is good enough to be described as Irish, sorry to have appeared cynical or critical but the filibuster is a well known technique, even on the web ;-) . Good luck so and all the best, Tomoli

  30. So sorry I missed Gavin. Amazingly this ‘media magnate’ is all but unknown in the Irish media Industry just as a proper journalist would never use ‘I’ so often as he did above. Who are you Gavin and why do you say your a shareholder and director of Companies you clearly or not?

    Did you get this gig on your RTE wife’ shirt tails?

    I saw you charge for a day with Gavin in a North County Hotel some time ago. Judging by the attendees wasting their remaining money to hear a professional bullshiter upset me Gavin.

    Glad your tanning product is going so well. Not good to see your lack if regard for Karma

  31. What point are you making? Gavin didn’t say he was a shareholder or a director of anything. Regarding his history as a journalist, I have no information about that, but he’ll probably come back and clarify the details of what publications he worked for.

  32. I received an email alert from this thread as I had previously posted, what kind of a troll is Gerry April? Leaving a ‘hop the ball’ thread open to after comments may be unfair? A lesson in social media Bock?

  33. Bock the Robber is one of the great social media vehicles in Ireland. Because I have such a regard for it, I will reply. However like all bandwagons Bock can’t be responsible for all those who climb on board. Normally I would just ignore Gerry’s “ball hop” commenting on something a full twelve months on in the thread.

    He says I am all but unknown in the Irish media. What am I suppose to do; dignify such inaccuracy with a response. I think not.

    He says I use the word “I” a lot in my reply on Bock the Robber. Social media is different from formal journalism. Here you hear the comments straight from the “mouths” (fingertips) of people. They are talking personally so Gerry it is difficult, probably impossible to make a genuine comment without using “I”. Gerry you used it three times yourself in a relatively short comment.

    I am at a loss about his query regarding shareholdings and directorships. Apparently I am unknown in Irish media and in business circles as well. Says more about Gerry than me.

    Did I get the gig as a result of my wife’s shirt tails? Now I do know what this is about. Orlaith is a board member of the RTE Authority. Orlaith was appointed in 2010. I started work in RTE a quarter of a century before her appointment in 1985. As for Dragons’ Den, I was approached in 2006 and it came on air in 2009, still twelve months before my wife was appointed to the RTE Board. Just on a point of information. Orlaith was NOT a political appointment. Croneyism is one of the great problems in Corporate Ireland. Orlaith was part of the first ever open application public appointments in the history of the state. There was a public advertisement seeking suitably qualified persons. 280 of the industry’s top people applied and through a four stage proprocess, including a credentials presentation in front of an Oireactas Committee, she was appointed to the board.

    Oh yes Gerry makes some reference to me speaking to people in a North County hotel (not sure is he talking about North Tipp’ or North Dublin or where?) and he was feeling sorry for them having to listen to my “bullshit”. There is no point debating with Gerry what is bullshit and what is not. Clearly Gerry is an expert in this regard.

    He wishes me look with TanOrganic, thank you for that Gerry, but questions my lack of regard for Karma. Sorry I have no idea what he is on about here. What Karma?

    Just to make a serious note, if you are kind enough to be still following this reply, this Sunday night sees the last Dragons’ Den of series 3. These last two shows have been Dragons’ Den On Tour where we go back and see how people have got on since they came into the Den. Love or loathe the show it is really interesting to see what has happened in the various businesses in the year or two since they appeared on Dragons’ Den.

    I love doing the show. It is a great buzz working with new companies, trying my damndest to help them succeed in such an awful recession.

    Hi to all Bock’s disciples and bye for now.

  34. Oh jeez, posting when pissed again. Imagine thinking his posting name was Gerry April? Must have hands bound after the pub in future.

    Good informative reply Gavin, I enjoyed the last series and hope there will be another. I notice that there will be a new format to ‘The Apprentice’ which will encroach on Dragons Den territory. Bill Cullen is now going to fund the winner in a startup instead of giving them a job.

  35. Maybe it would be worth thinking about setting a time limit on comments, but sometimes old posts keep throwing up good stuff. Look at the PC World series, the thread that keeps on giving. If I think comments are unwarranted, I usually deal with them myself, but Gavin isn’t noted for being a shrinking violet and I knew he’d be more than capable of responding if he felt like it.

  36. You are right, I just felt on reading the post last night that it was an unwarranted flame. I am now legging it off to the PC World thread for a Gonz.

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