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London Bound for the Para Athletics World Championships

Allianz Brand Ambassadors Jason Smyth and Michael Mckillop lead an experienced Irish team to the 2017 Para Athletics World Championships in London’s Olympic stadium.

The Irish team boasts five Paralympic medallists and all ten athletes competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Led by multiple Paralympic gold medallists and defending World champions Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop this experienced team also features Cork's trio of throwing Paralympic medallists Noelle Lenihan, Orla Barry and Niamh McCarthy.

The Para Championships precede its able-bodied equivalent getting underway on July 14th, and already over 230,00...

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Telematics: What’s in It for the Average Motorist?

We hear the term Telematics frequently, but what does it mean? What value can it have for the average motorist and what impact will it have on the car insurance industry and on customer premiums.

What is Telematics?

Telematics in a motoring context refers to the computer and electronic technology that facilitates remote, real-time monitoring of a vehicle's location and the driving style of the vehicle owner or other parties.

Benefits to the Motorist

Car Keys on Map

From a drivers perspective, the benefits of having telematics in your vehicle are numerous. Telematics technology informs navigation, communication, safety, security and could...

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Top Tips for Driving through Europe


Road trips are a great way to explore a country and get off the beaten track.

Driving through Europe is relatively easy if you are mindful of the different rules and laws of each country and knowing these before you hit the road can potentially save you a lot of time, money and trouble.

Bring your Own or Rent


Are you going to drive your own car or are you going to rent a car? Unsure? Let us help you make up your mind:


There is a lot to be said for the sense of security and confidence that driving a familiar car can give you especially when driving on unfamiliar roads. There’s also less hassle involved compared to negot...

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Driverless Cars - The Model T of our Generation?

The Ford Model T is recognised as the first affordable automobile that opened the door to driving for the masses in the early 20th Century. The most disruptive innovations don’t happen overnight and will lead to wider market disruptions opening new challenges in terms of laws, regulations and safety. We are currently on the cusp of another huge change to our society that will see autonomous and driverless cars become available to the masses. Driverless cars have been in the public conscience for years as a futuristic sci-fi concept seen in Knight Rider, Total Recall and The Minority Report, to name just a few. Now, wi...

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Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Dogs on Couch

As a vet in practice, I am often asked why people should bother to get their pets spayed and neutered. Why not just leave them to be natural? After all, we don’t spay or neuter humans?

There are two broad reasons and they are both worth explaining in detail.  

Population Control

The first reason for spaying and neutering is for population control. If dogs are not neutered or spayed they are likely to breed and, historically, Ireland has a serious problem with unwanted puppies and kittens. Local authority dog pounds in Ireland kill around forty dogs every week. While it is true that some dogs in the pounds may need to be...

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Windscreen Claims - Infographic

At Allianz we deal with lots of windscreen claims. Together with our partners Autoglass we looked at some interesting stats on windscreen damage. We explored the most common causes of windscreen damage in 2016 and where your car is most likely to be damaged.

The results proved to be interesting. Not surprisingly, front windscreen damage is the largest type of damage we see. Similarly, stone damage is the biggest cause of damage, 78%. Rather interestingly, we found that there was a small but still rather note worthy amount of animal related damage to windscreens with 0.3% of all reported incidents being caused by animal...

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