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They certainly are.

JP Vaughan writes to tell us:

Some good news for Irish Indie games. Two Irish game devs [Galway based Rocket Rainbow and Dublin based Gambrinous] have had their games [Hey Ewe and Guild of Dungeoneering] selected as finalists for the Indie Prize at Casual Connect in Amsterdam next month.

You guys were a great help to us when we launched Hay Ewe and really helped to get the name out there so we feel you contributed to its success too.

Anyway, a nice bit of news for small business at the least.

Hey Ewe is a cute little puzzle game and is available now on the Apple App Store for 99 cents.

Guild of Dungeoneering is expected to be released in May on Steam for both Windows and Mac. We simply cannot wait to get our hands on this after playing a demo of it last year.

Two Irish Games Selected For Casual Connect Indie Prize


Eamon Leonard sez:

I know you don’t normal do this, but maybe one of the Broadsheet readers could be a match for Nikki (above)?

Hello everyone,

My name is Nikki and I’m making a global appeal to find a stem cell donor for a bone marrow transplant. I live in the UK, I’m 45 years old and my husband and I have two children, aged 7 and 4.

I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia on 3 December 2013. In January 2014 I was told that my disease has a rare cytogenetic abnormality called the ten-eleven translocation, which put me at a high risk of relapse following chemotherapy.

Therefore my best chance of a cure is to have a bone marrow transplant. This was originally scheduled for April 2014 but things have now become very complicated.

As I’ve gone through this journey, more and more complications have arisen.

Firstly, my ethnic background: my wonderful parents are quite an exotic mix: my mother is Anglo-Burmese and my father is Irish. In bone marrow transplants, ethnicity really matters and when you belong to a relatively rare grouping like this, your chances of finding a donor can be quite low.

Sadly, although both my brothers leapt into the breach to offer themselves as donors, they don’t match me (it’s only a one in four chance for siblings to be a match). However, a donor was found in France who was a 9/10 match and we thought all was well.

But now we get to the final complication: I have a lot of extremely aggressive antibodies. This was discovered during the final matching test of my blood with the donor’s.

The wonderful transplant team at King’s College Hospital in London have tried to find donated umbilical cords which will match with me, but there aren’t any that match that would also get past the antibodies. So I’m stuck.

I found out  that the relapse has happened and my best hope for the long term is to find a 10/10 donor.

I am desperately seeking
people of a similar ethnic background to volunteer as potential stem cell donors through their national registry. The best chance is probably to find someone Anglo-Burmese and Irish, but it could be Anglo-Indian, or any Anglo-Asian mix – my consultant told me to try to get as many people as possible to sign up! Anyone in particular with a Portuguese type surname in their blood line would be a good possibility, as that’s my background.

In the UK, this can be with the Anthony Nolan Trust for those aged 16-30, with Delete Blood Cancer or with the British Bone Marrow Registry. Outside the UK, please see the list of Bone Marrow Registers.

Nikki’s story


Do you like The Lonely Beast?

James Kelleher writes:

We’re donating all proceeds from sales of our Lonely Beast apps this week (8th-15th December) to Temple Street Children’s Hospital. My daughter spent a week on the neonatal ward in Temple Street last year. It’s pretty terrifying to have a child that young in hospital, especially as first-time parents, but the staff were incredible. Full of humanity, unbelievably dedicated and professionally curious, they went out of their way to look after the families as well as the children affected by illness. So this is our tiny gesture of thanks.

The three apps available are:
The Lonely Beast ABC
The Lonely Beast 123
The Lonely Beast: Letters & Numbers

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Dannielle from Showoff writes:

We saw in the media that Childline were in trouble regarding funding so we thought that we might be able to help somehow. Based on the success of our 99 Finder app, we decided to alter that product and turn it into a “Santa Finder”.

Users can locate the nearest Santa’s Grotto, rate it by giving Santa candy canes, and add Santa Snaps which they can then share through social media.

The main function of the app, however, is to encourage donations to a good cause. Users can easily donate through the app via SMS. We had fun creating the product and we hope plenty of people have fun using it, but most importantly that it helps to raise a good bit of money for Childline.

The app is available now for FREE on the Apple App Store.

You can donate €4 by texting ‘Childline’ to 57911 or donate online at

Do you have an Irish app (especially an Android one)? Let us know:

As always, no favours, cuddles, or pints were given for this post. We have some guidelines on submissions.


Life in the Womb, an iOS app developed by Dublin-based firms The Science Picture Company and Broadsheet favourites Redwind Software, has won a 2014 World Summit Award for innovation in learning and education.

They’ll receive the award at the wi-fi friendly World Summit Global Congress, which will be hosted in Abu Dhabi.

It’s no Realex Web Award though. in fairness.

Life in the Womb

Previously: Womb It Concerns


Regular Sunday Business Post tech columnist Jane Ruffino (above) column was bumped in yesterday’s edition in favour of expansive and glowing coverage of the Web Summit.

It couldn’t possibly be anything to do with her previous week’s column (behind the SBP pay wall or available in an expanded form on Medium) that used the Web Summit as an example of the overly cosy relationship between tech journalism and the companies they report on.

G’wan the Official Ireland.

Where is technology’s critical culture? (Jane Ruffino)