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Jameson Brand Ambassador- position available

May 12th 2014

*Ideal candidate would be fluent in written and spoken Korean.  Candidates an be of any nationality, preferably Irish or Korean.

Job Title : Jameson Brand Ambassador (Korea market specific)

Recommended Korean title :제임슨한국홍보대사

Reports to:Modern Spirits Brand Manager

Training will be held in Ireland for Jameson for 5 weeks(TBC)

Person who plans to stay in Korea for long-time

Main Objectives of Job
  • Communication window between local and global brand ambassador
  • Brand + mixology communication to consumer and field lead to brand loyalty
  • Building network with field
  • Market update based on regular visit
  • Korean Communication skill is required


Roles & Responsibilities
  • Communication window

­   Assist Brand Manager with developing event & promotion aligned with global activities

­   Global and new activities update & communication with global brand ambassador and others from different countries

  • Brand + mixology communication

­   brand education and easy mixed drink for key opinion leader and consumers

­   new drinking ritual, mixology

  • Building network with field

­   relationship with key account owners and bar staffs communicate brand image and sales increase

­   Branded item status check

  • Market update based on daily visit

­   Competitor activities, promotion

­   daily visit to different venues with weekly report (list of venues, key market update, picture)

­   consumer needs + trend

­   key men/bartender needs + trend

­   competitor activities

­   drinking ritual + mixology trend

­   new brand in market

­   Modern spirits promotion idea development in SMOT

­   Branding status check

­   Monthly report of all information

  • Training will be held in Ireland for Jameson for 5 weeks(TBC)
  • Candidate should plan to stay in Korea for long-time
  • Candidate should have no issue traveling overseas
  • Call for inquiry: 02 3466 5844
  • Mail your resume to:
Communication with
InternalBrand ManagerSales representative

Jameson Regional Manager

Other related internal dept. if necessary

ExternalVenue Owners/CustomersBartenders


Temporary position available in Embassy of Ireland, Seoul

Job opening

Temporary post as Attaché

Embassy of Ireland, Republic of Korea

The Embassy of Ireland in Seoul is seeking applications for a temporary position of Attaché.

The Attaché will undertake a range of activities across the political, trade and administrative areas. Responsibilities will include coordinating and managing projects at the Embassy including visits and events; planning and participation in meetings; monitoring and reporting on political developments; supporting the representation of Irish trade interests and ensuring the smooth running of the administrative functions of the Embassy.


Requirements for the Post

The successful candidate will have:

-      A third level qualification;

-      Good interpersonal skills;

-      The ability to work well in a team and under pressure;

-      Strong skills in project management, analysis and report writing, customer service;

-      Knowledge of Ireland, its history, culture, political systems and current government policies;

-      A strong interest in and knowledge of, Korean current affairs including domestic policies, international relations, inter-Korean policies and international trade agreements;

-      Interest in EU structures and policies

 Previous relevant work experience and knowledge of the Korean language will be taken into account when applications are assessed.

 Application Process

Please submit:

-      A CV of not more than 2 pages including contact details for two referees

-      A letter setting out your interest and suitability for the position (max 1 page)

Application should be submitted by email to or by post addressed to Attaché Competition, Embassy of Ireland, 13 F Leema Bldg, 42 Jong-ro 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-755 by 5pm on Wednesday 7 May.

 A shortlist of candidates will be called for interview on the basis of the information supplied. Interviews are scheduled to take place during the week of 12 May and may be conducted by video conference, if necessary. No travel expenses will be payable for interviews


Contractual Information

Gross Salary: KRW 4,900,000 per month

 Location: Embassy of Ireland, Seoul

Hours of Work: generally 09.00-17.45. The hours of attendance are based on a working week of not less than 43.25 hours. However, given the nature of the role, a considerable degree of flexibility will be required, including some evening duties.

 The contract period will be for a period of up to 11 months. There is no entitlement to civil service status. On completion of the contract the attaché will be precluded from internship positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs either in Ireland or abroad.

The successful applicant will be required to provide a medical certificate.

 Persons who have availed of recent incentivised early retirement or voluntary redundancy schemes in the Irish public service are not eligible to take part in this competition. Applications will be required to complete a declaration confirming this. Applicants will also be required to declare any entitlements to an Irish public service pension benefit (in payment or preserved) from any other Irish public service employment and/or where they have received a payment in-lieu in respect of service in any public service employment.

 The Embassy of Ireland is committed to a policy of equal opportunity.

Blue Dalmation Photo

Blue Dalmatian Photo: Photo Workshops that Cross Cultural Divides

 “Blue Dalmatian Photo” founders/instructors Tom Coyner and Sang-bum (“Sang”) Lim have agreed with the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch (RAS Korea) to launch a series of 7 monthly “RAS Photo Workshops.” The three-hour workshops are designed for English-speaking photographers of all skill levels, whether or not they are members of the RAS. The workshops are believed to be the first ever to address the cross-cultural challenges of photography in Korea.

 Says Tom Coyner: “Sang and I know that the camera is the strongest potential tool to build relationships – especially when one is in a foreign country. But too many people approach photography in such a way that the camera becomes an obstacle, something that intimidates both the photographer and the subject. We recognize a genuine need to help people develop both their photographic and cultural skills.”

 Lim is a professor of photography at Daegu Arts University. A graduate of Chung-Ang University with a BA in photography, Lim also studied for 6 years at The Brooks Institute, a prestigious photography school in Santa Barbara, California. Besides being a well-known fine art photographer and having worked full time as an American photo-journalist and commercial photographer, Lim has taught photography for almost 20 years. Coyner has photographed for over 40 years in the U.S., Japan and Korea. He recently conducted regular photography workshops for the RAS for almost 18 months.

Beyond imparting essential photo skills, the workshops will mainly focus on how to create wonderful images and memories when visiting or living in another, foreign culture. Naturally, Koreans are also welcome to participate in these English-language workshops. In order to cover expenses and in recognition of the workshop preparation and facilitation time by the two professional instructors, each participant will be asked to pay a tuition fee of KW 100,000 for each 3-hour workshop. Current RAS Korea members are entitled to a KW 10,000 discount.

Workshop Topics

  • May – Getting to Know Your Digital Equipment – review of proper use of the basics and intro to the rarely used functions, including those used by professionals, that make up 90% of most equipment’s features
  • June – Korean Landscapes: basics and handling unique Korean challenges
  • July – Informal Portraitures:  basics and cultural nuances
  • August – Street/Decisive Moment Photography:  dealing with Korean strangers
  • September – Lighting & Color: controlling and creating photo environments in Korea
  • October – On-site Application of What’ve Learned at Gyeongbug-gung
  • November – Evaluating One’s Own and Other’s Photo Portfolios
  • December – Exhibition: Seoul location to be determined

Future/Concurrent Workshops

  • Fine Art Photography (workshop series)
  • Applying Leadership Skills to Your Photography (single workshop)
  • Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, etc. 3- and/or 5-day Photography Workshops (from 2015)


The first workshop will take place on Saturday, May 24, starting at 7:00 pm, at Spring Studio in Nonhyon-dong, Seoul. More information, please go to  To register for the workshops or for answers to your questions, please contact Tom Coyner at or at 010-9099-6195. For Korean language inquiries, please contact Sang-bum Lee at or at 010-5159-9693.


Saint Patrick’s Day in Seoul, 2014


Thanks to Conor (our former Chairman) for writing a review of the festival on Saturday.

Originally posted on If I had a minute to spare...:

When you live in Korea long enough expecting public holidays from home to fall on their usual day or date becomes a waste of time. Really. Anyone American will be familiar with Thanksgiving falling on a Saturday, and even the Superbowl the night after. Irish, like myself, are now most familiar with a Saturday Saint Patrick’s Day, and yesterday was no different from other years (except for last year and the year before when Paddy’s Day actually fell on the weekend…which kind of ruins my point), the day of Ireland and it’s ‘ness was transformed from its early weekday schedule to a much more alcoholic friendly Saturday.

And with that Seoul, and by Seoul I mean Guro-gu, and by Guro-gu I really just mean Sindorim, but it’s probably best to be accurate as well as honest and admit that it was a small park at Sindorim Station.

But I digress.

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Bringing an ancient Irish Tradition to South Korea

‘Did you hear the one about…?’ That’s all you need to gather listeners in Ireland. Storytelling has always been a big part of life in pubs, kitchens, and playgrounds round Ireland.

Storytelling is the flagship of Irish folklore and our famous oral tradition is exemplified in famous storytellers and ancient mythical tales of bravery, discovery and knowledge.

Legends tended, and still tend, to be told on a more informal basis – in the fields, over the kitchen table, at the pub – and do not need any specialised skill or knowledge in their telling.

Today the art of seancaithe (tradition bearers) and scéalaí (storytellers) is being revived in festivals and events all over Ireland and we are excited to bring these stories to our festival here in Korea.

As part of the Seoul St. Patrick’s Day Festival this year on March 15th, we will be sharing this huge part of Irish culture and history. We have put together an amazing team of volunteer storytellers who can be found in The Irish Village between 1pm and 4pm retelling some of the most famous Irish folk-tales and hero-tales.

The stories that will be told on the day include; Oisin, The Children of Lir, thew Salmon of KNowledge, The King with Donkey Ears, The Giant from Scotland and of course the story of Ireland’s patron Saint, Saint Patrick.

the children of lir


Boxty Rebellion in Seoul!

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Boxty Rebellion, the Irish folk band are flying into Korea to entertain us for St. Patrick’s Day.

The festival itself takes place in Sindorim, D Cube plaza (Sindorim subway station Lines 1 & 2 Exit 1) on Saturday, March 15th from 12pm to 6pm. This is a family day with story telling, face painting, audience dancing, traditional Irish music and the opportunity to try your hand at some Irish sports.

Boxty Rebellion will join Dara Sheahan, Tap Pung, Sweet Murphy’s Fancy, Bard and Nanah Mc Glennon’s Dance troup on the main stage.

That night the party continues in Rocky Mountain Tavern, Itaewon (Exit 3 walk straight 250 metres) where the IAK Fundraising Hooley will take place from 6pm until late. There will be live traditional Irish music, live bands and the rugby match will be televised at 2am. Tickets on the door are 10,000won.

If you want to catch Boxty Rebellion either side of the weekend, here is where they are performing;

Wolfhound (Friday 14th 11pm),

Rocky Mountain Tavern (Hooley),( Saturday 15th entertainment from 7.30pm),

Maloney’s (Sunday 4pm) 

Sam Ryans (Sunday March 16th from 7.30pm).

 Come out to the festival on March 15th to see them perform for the St. Patrick’s Day festival. More details