Entrepreneur’s new website aims to revolutionise party planning

EI Thumbs: Party time . . . Keith Donaghy, Vinny Doherty and Maria McCallion celebrate the launch of new-look events planning portal www.entertainmentideas.com
EI Thumbs: Party time . . . Keith Donaghy, Vinny Doherty and Maria McCallion celebrate the launch of new-look events planning portal www.entertainmentideas.com

A Northern Ireland company has launched an innovative online service to revolutionise event planning across Ireland.

The new web service allows party planners in any county on the island to place all of the acts they desire for a perfect event in one online shopping basket with a few simple mouse clicks.

Vinny Doherty, Keith Donaghy and Maria McCallion celebrate the launch of new-look events planning portal www.entertainmentideas.com

Vinny Doherty, Keith Donaghy and Maria McCallion celebrate the launch of new-look events planning portal www.entertainmentideas.com

The company, which has sourced the top local acts and event services in all of the island’s 32 counties, is the brainchild of Derry entrepreneur Keith Donaghy.

He says: “At www.entertainmentideas.com we have created a unique one-stop shop where visitors can tailor a fantastic entertainment package to suit their event whether it’s a wedding or a corporate celebration. Entertainmentideas.com is a first in Ireland. There is nothing like our online service available anywhere on the island. We have all the entertainment that anyone will need and the best part is that it’s now all under one virtual roof.”

Keith explains: “Customers simply add acts and products to their shopping basket and we get to work on checking availability to get the party started.

“We help customers book the right bands, performers or party products in a simple and stress-free way. We are the facilitators of fun as we take all the hassle out of organising entertainment whatever the occasion may be. “

Entertainment ideas has been growing at impressive pace since its formation three years ago and has delivered top notch events for wide range of clients, including huge international brands such as Google, You Tube, Facebook, Dell, Dropbox, Coca Cola, McDonalds, Lidl, Eircom and BT.

Keith has even bigger plans for the future of the firm, having invested heavily to revolutionise his online business into a one-stop event planning shop.

Keith’s keen entrepreneurial spirit was evident while he was still a student. As others were dipping into their student loans to pay for digs and drinks, Keith was busy directing funds to launch his dream business.

“The business started out as KD Entertainments in 2002 with the help of finance from my student loan. I’m not so sure if that was what the banks intended but it seemed like a better way to make use of the money and certainly it worked well for me.

“We very quickly established a solid reputation for providing awesome parties. The business grew to a point which demanded something with a bigger reach and in 2012 Entertainment Ideas Online Ltd was born. Now we’re delighted to launch entertainmentideas.com to cater for all party solutions under one virtual roof.”

Keith adds: “Not only does entertainmentideas.com provide the very best entertainment solutions for event planners it also takes all the hassle out gigs for acts who work with us. Our mission statement is to provide advice to our clients on the best entertainment solutions for events while providing our acts with an income for their talents.”

So far entertainmentideas.com has attracted a large volume of traffic from international visitors.

“In particular, we’ve had loads of hits from people who are planning to travel to Ireland to get married. We’ve had a lot of queries from New Zealand, Australia, the US and England.

“My longer term plan is to expand into the wider British market and to franchise entertainmentideas.com in New Zealand, the US and Australia.”