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AN ENTREPRENEUR from Tallaght collected two awards at the recent Irish Early Career Awards 2019. Gareth Hickey, CEO of News Over Audio (NOA), an audio-visual journalism platform, won the category of Professional of the Year at the gala event. He also picked up an overall prize, in which he was against all the other category award winners from the gala ceremony in Ballsbridge Hotel. News Over Radio (NOA), dubbed the “Spotify of journalism”, was created by Old Bawn native Gareth and his co-founders Shane Ennis and Philomena McGinley, to address global disengagement between publishers/advertisers and the public. NOA’s subscription-based service provides daily audio versions of opinion and feature articles – read by professional narrators – from a range of international publishers. Their app was launched in 2017 with the Financial Times and Bloomberg among its first clients. Since then, they have steadily added big name media groups to their portfolio, with the Washington Post and Harvard Business Review among the latest to sign up, and this week they launched Foreign Affairs magazine on the site. Speaking to The Echo, Hickey (28), said the start- up raised their target goal last year of €800,000 in seed funding to attract more publishers and expand its international presence – via numerous investors. “We are making good progress and have signed up quite a few publishers,” said Hickey. “Investors are keeping an eye on us. We remain the number one audio-visual platform in the market.” NOA co-founder Hickey has a background in equity research, formerly worked as an analyst with US securities and derivatives firm SIG, before pursuing a dream to start up his own venture. A former Echo paperboy when he was a kid, he used to read it from cover to cover before he went out, crediting the publication as his “first exposure to news.” The demand for learning and knowledge also stems from the family genes in Old Bawn, where news, books and the Discovery Channel are a regular feature in the household for his parents and siblings. E business recruitment,motoring & property November 7, 2019 tel: 01 4685350 email: business@echo.ie p roperty@echo.ie motoring@echo.ie Royal Liver Retail Park plans include an 18-storey office tower 1,100 apart ments set for Retail Park PROPERTY GROUP: 1,100 rental apartments proposed for The Royal Liver Retail Park on the Naas Road Investors are keeping an eye on us. We remain the number one audio-visual platform in the market ‘ ‘ By Maurice Garvey maurice@echo.ie Gareth picks up two Irish Early Career Awards A PROPERTY group that bought out the Royal Liver Retail park on the Naas Road is proposing to build 1,100 rental apartments and an 18-storey office tower on the site. The low-rise park was acquired for €25m by Allied Real Estate Group (AREG). An AREG-related company has lodged plans to clear the 3.8 hectare site and build nine blocks, all of at least seven storeys. As well as apartments and offices, the proposals includes a co- living block with 203 single bedrooms. The proposed 18-storey office building would be over 120 metres high, with enough room for 1,500 workers. The local area plan for the Naas Road identifies Royal Liver Retail Park as a key redevelopment site suitable for mid-rise buildings up to 50 metres. The retail park – Ireland’s first – opened in 1990 and was previously owned by Meath developer Willie Smyth, who bought it for €60m in 2005. Smyth’s loans transferred to Nama and were subsequently bought by Deutsche Bank. Allied is headed by experienced property investors Adrian Langan and Cathal McGinley. Tenants at the Retail Park include Homebase, Harry Corry, Carpetright, Euro Giant, Bargaintown and Furniture District. Located beside the Luas red line in Kylemore, the Retail Park has 500 customer car-parking spaces. Smyth applied for a radical redevelopment of the Royal Liver Retail Park in 2009, in a mixed-use scheme that included six blocks ranging from eight to 26 storeys. The plan was rejected by An Bord Pleanála. By Maurice Garvey maurice@echo.ie AWARD: Gareth Hickey from Tallaght As well as apartments and offices, the proposal includes a co-living block with 203 single bedrooms ‘ ‘