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Where to buy our wines

I haven't finished putting all the shops in, and some aren't in exactly the right spot, but this is how it looks with the new embeddable Google map - what a good gadget!:


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And, if you think geography's not your strong point:

Many thanks to the Assimilated Negro for the tip-off.

4 thoughts on “Where to buy our wines”

  • Anthony

    Nice idea, Julian.
    I see that Irish Postcodes have been abandoned for the moment, so maybe we should all have our GPS Co-ordinates on our cards, websites etc. From what I recall of the cost of postcoding Ireland, it would probably be cheaper to give everyone free GPS units!!

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  • Julian

    Thanks Anthony. Is that right about the postcodes? I've always had mixed feelings about their introduction, though strangely I quite like the idea of geo-tagging - and as far as cost goes, I think you're right!

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  • Gary Delaney

    We will have a geographic based post code system for Ireland available for trial on Garmin SatNav receivers from March 2008. At the same time any business or individual will be able to get their own Post Code from a map enabled website. This will make life much easier for anyone involved in moving vehicles across Irish roads trying to find properties with ambiguous addresses. We want commercial users to trial the system - contact me if you want - full details here> http://www.gpsireland.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=47&Itemid=79

    Rgds,
    Gary Delaney Tel: 021 4832990

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  • Gary Delaney

    1st March 2008 -
    Post Codes For Ireland (& Northern Ireland) - Available on Garmin SatNav’s from March 2008

    GPS Ireland has developed a Post Code System for Ireland which will be available on Garmin SatNav Systems from March 2008. Users will be able to get their Post Code from a web Mapping service at GPS Ireland’s sister website www.irishpostcodes.ie at no cost from the end of March. This Post Code system is currently being tested by GPS Ireland on Garmin Nuvi 760’s and it is working exceptionally well.

    This system is not aimed at delivering the mail, although it will support this as well;- it is designed to support the efficient navigation of vehicles on our roads. There were around 2.5 million vehicles registered in the Republic of Ireland last year alone and of these, approximately 20% were commercial vehicles, according to the Society of the Irish Motoring Industry’s (SIMI) statistical service. So in a country where the nature of destination or delivery addresses causes constant confusion and is constantly being changed or added to, it is clear from the pure volume of vehicles on our roads that they need much more urgent assistance in finding their destinations than locally based Post Men!!! There has been much talk about a Government backed Post Code System for more than 3 years now but this system lost its impetus due to its focus on delivering mail. An Post does not want or need a Post Code system, but the system we have developed can be used by them and any new Postal service after deregulation, if they wish.

    The GPS Ireland PON (Position Orientated Navigation) Code will immediately allow courier services, which currently decline private address pick ups, to double their business with the confidence needed to find their new customers. Not only this, but the system will also reduce normal time and mileage costs by up to 15% immediately by allowing them to find and route to their commercial customers more efficiently. The PON Codes used in conjunction with SatNav’s will support route optimisation;- heretofore expensive and difficult to use because of poorly defined addresses. Route optimisation is now available on Garmin Nuvi 760 SatNav’s.

    The need for a Post Code system in Ireland has been well debated and it is now universally recognised as an urgent requirement. Reference to a doctor service lost and trying to find a patient’s house in a rural area at 4 am on a wet winter’s morning and unable to knock at anyone’s door for directions, is enough to re-enforce the argument! Using a SatNav alone is not a solution to the problem as address spelling, non precise townland addresses and addresses that can be in either the Irish or English language can cause constant problems. This is a navigation problem which needs a navigation solution…i.e. a Post Code system which is based on a geographic reference.

    Recent Press reports (25th Feb 2008) indicate that the Government’s proposal for discussion in the Dáil later in 2008 is not geographically based and, therefore, will represent significant costs and lead times to implement. GPS Ireland’s system is geographically based and is already implemented for testing by Garmin for their Nuvi 700 series of SatNav’s.

    The benefits of the GPS Ireland System over any other existing or planned system are as follows:

    · Because the system is geographically based, users can get their PON Code from a free web mapping site without waiting for the Government to allocate it to them.

    · Because it is based on a version of the modern Irish Grid reference system, it will not require an expensive memory and processor speed demanding database to use it on SatNav’s or mobile phones with integrated GPS.

    · No SatNav manufacturer has as of yet implemented mapping owned by the Irish Government on their systems because of cost to purchase and cost to update. For the same reasons, it is therefore not guaranteed that they will be able to afford to purchase rights to a Government backed Post Code system either. Any system which requires a database containing every property in the country would be expensive to use and expensive to keep up to date. Then we would have an expensive Post Code system that no vehicle could have the benefit of using. In that case, approximately 0.5 million commercial vehicles who register in Ireland annually would remain unable to take the benefit of our Government implemented Post Code system! In the end it may only be suitable for Postal Sorting offices and direct marketing companies with large computers and big database maintenance budgets!

    · The GPS Ireland system does not require a database, so no fear of it being out of date or expensive to maintain.

    · Under the GPS Ireland system, there will be no special treatment for any property in any location i.e. no “D4” related systems – just a derivative of Irish grid which exists already underneath every millimetre of ground in both the Republic and Northern Ireland. Our system does however, support the continued use of existing systems in combination; if the user requires.

    · Unlike the Government system mentioned in the press recently, which seemed to suggest that there were only 999 properties in Dublin 4 (D04 123) and all of the county of Galway (GAL 123), the GPS Ireland system has no limit to the number of property Post Codes and would never have to be redesigned to accommodate new properties.

    · No one would have to wait for the Government to allocate them a Post Code, it exists already, just get it from a free web map service.

    · GPS Ireland’s system would not be limited to permanent structures either; even temporary structures like construction site offices, new houses and mobile homes can have an immediate post code. Every Trade Stand at the National Ploughing Championships, the largest outdoor trade show in Europe, can have a Post Code which would be impossible under the suggested Government system.

    · Even “non-structures” such as delivery entrances, escape routes, junctions, road works, accident sites, Garda Ramps, Speed Cameras, bus stops, taxi ranks, car parks, SOS phones, sport & other event sites, circus tents, mobile libraries, mobile breast check and blood donor clinics, cruise liners in port, race start/finishes etc;- all of these too can have a Post Code and none would have to wait to get it!..... just go to www.irishpostcodes.ie, when live at the end of March, and get it for free by clicking on a map or entering coordinates from a SatNav or GPS!

    · With an increasing number of vehicles, both private and commercial crossing the border every day, why have two separate Post Code Systems on the Island? Both parts of the Island use the same grid reference system so both can easily use the new GPS Ireland Post Code system straight away – vehicles travelling north or south would not have to switch between two different addressing systems.

    · GPS Ireland’s system allows for individual floors in the same building to have a unique code – easier for despatch riders and delivery services.

    The GPS Ireland system is a 7 character alphanumeric code which is easily remembered. The PON Code for GPS Ireland’s offices in Crosshaven, Cork is

    “WVR-J3DQ” which, when punched into a SatNav system, will take the user to our car park! Other elements are optionally added to assist visual identification but are not absolutely required. A detailed explanation of the code is contained on our website:

    http://www.gpsireland.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=47&Itemid=79



    We already have this system working on a Garmin Nuvi 760 SatNav shown in the images on our website also.

    Enter the 7 character code – view the location on the map to confirm no major errors have been made and select “Go” to be voice guided to it!!!

    The GPS Ireland PON Code system is suitable for:

    · Courier Services and Despatch Riders

    · Food Delivery Services

    · Mail Collection & Delivery Services

    · Construction Vehicles

    · Car Hire Companies

    · Shop Delivery Services

    · Home Furnishing & White Good Delivery Services

    · Service Companies

    · Street Furniture & Road Sign Maintenance Companies

    · Mobile Sales Forces

    · Hackney, Taxi & Transport Companies

    · Emergency Services;- Fire, Ambulance, Doctor, Police

    · Civil Defence, Order Of Malta, St John’s Ambulance etc

    · Utility maintenance field crews

    · Buy & Sell Services

    · Private Drivers commuting or finding weddings, functions and funerals.

    · Tourists and Tourist services

    · The Hospitality Industry; Hotels, Guest Houses, Attractions

    · Banks, ATM’s Pharmacies, Petrol Stations, Community services

    · Billboard Advertising Companies



    There is no-one living in or visiting Ireland who will not benefit from this new system.

    It is even suitable for entry into web address forms on Yahoo, Google, MSN, E-Bay etc who ask for a Post Code;- solving the well known problem persons living in Ireland have when purchasing goods over the web.

    Because of its nature the GPS Ireland PON Code can be easily transmitted over a mobile phone by voice or text message and by any other communications system where clarity and brevity is required. For this reason field repair crews in the Electricity, Gas, Water and Telecoms industries will find it exceptionally valuable. And the code itself defines a position to within 5 meters of its equivalent Irish Transverse Mercator Grid coordinates.

    Some examples of the PON Codes for notable sites around Ireland are as follows:

    Location
    PON Code

    Athlone Institute Of Technology Main Campus
    L7K TQ91
    Athlone Institute Of Technology Main Campus

    Ballyhack Castle
    QSA X7Q2
    Ballyhack Castle

    Bunratty Castle
    PMR R42H
    Bunratty Castle

    Civil Defence Training School Roscrea
    QBX D1WT
    Civil Defence Training School Roscrea

    Cobh Heritage Centre
    WVS G5N0
    Cobh Heritage Centre

    Derry Airport
    CPE PCP3
    Derry Airport

    Dublin Airport
    MCM MAJE
    Dublin Airport

    Entrance To Lough Key Forest Park
    FV7 X4Q9
    Entrance To Lough Key Forest Park

    Eyre Square Galway
    KGF XJH1
    Eyre Square Galway

    Government Buildings Dublin
    MCH FWK1
    Government Buildings Dublin

    GPO Dublin
    MCJ 955P
    GPO Dublin

    K Club
    LXG PR53
    K Club

    Kilkenny Tourist Office
    QNQ Z2JQ
    Kilkenny Tourist Office

    Muckross Park Hotel Kilarney
    TYW GSZA
    Muckross Park Hotel Kilarney

    National Maritime College Cork
    WVR ESH3
    National Maritime College Cork

    Pairc Esler Newry
    H9F 6FTE
    Pairc Esler Newry

    Pier Road Inniscrone
    FGG JXND
    Pier Road Inniscrone

    Rathmullan Pier Lough Swilly
    CGG W7R6
    Rathmullan Pier Lough Swilly

    RDS Dublin
    MDH 3HWT
    RDS Dublin

    Rock Of Cashel
    Q8K HS8K
    Rock Of Cashel

    Royal Cork Yacht Club Crosshaven
    WVR E652
    Royal Cork Yacht Club Crosshaven

    The Spire Dublin
    MCJ 86XF
    The Spire Dublin

    Waterford County Council Dungarvan
    XFX RSQ7
    Waterford County Council Dungarvan

    Wexford County Council
    R6E CH9W
    Wexford County Council

    The GPS Ireland PON (Post) Code system will be available for test on Garmin Nuvi 760 SatNav’s by commercial organisation over the next few weeks (March 2008) and at the same time a free web map service to capture Post Codes at no cost will also go live. This will be available at www.irishpostcodes.ie

    If you require any further information or to set up a trial on a Garmin Nuvi SatNav, please E-mail gary@gpsireland.ie or Tel: 021 4832990

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