Irish firm alert to US market

30 May 2008

Dublin-based web company has signed a deal with 17 broadcasters in the US to provide school- and business-closing weather alerts by text and email.

The three-year agreement will see the company provide the 17 broadcast media outlets in Cincinnati, Ohio with the regular alerts.
is an online reminder and social networking service focused on parents and families and connects them to their schools, sports teams, local events and businesses. The company is based in Ireland with offices in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The agreement will add 350 schools and schools systems as well as over 2,900 local businesses and community groups to Clicshare’s event reminder and social networking service. It will be the primary tool for schools to relay closing information and reminders to the media and to parents.

“This is a great win for Clicshare, the media outlets, local schools, communities and parents in the Cincinnati area,” said Clicshare co-founder and chief technology officer, Kevin O’Farrell.

“We can now reach over 900,000 households with our Clicshare service and deliver messages and reminders through our online group portal and by email and text alerts.”

Clicshare also provides every school and parent with a secure and private website for sharing class calendars, contact lists, documents, text/email message centre and an RSVP service.

Clicshare is currently involved in a number of partnership agreements that will expand its service into other markets within the US.

The company’s unique feature is that it not only delivers reminders by text and email but also allows parents to log into their child’s class, view the calendar for any month, read messages and download documents from the file cabinet.

The service is free to parents and non-commercial organisations. Text messages are charged at 8cents per message.

By Niall Byrne