Dublin, 8 December 2005: Michael Dwyer, CEO and founder of Pigsback.com was awarded Internet Hero at last night's eircom.net Golden Spiders Awards in The Burlington Hotel. The award honoured Michael Dwyer's significant Contribution to the Irish Internet Industry.

Speaking at the awards ceremony Michael Dwyer said "This award is an honour and great credit to the Pigsback.com team, its members and clients. The Spiders, thanks to its promoters Business & Finance and sponsors eircom.net, have given the Irish Internet much needed focus and support through its difficult early years."

"The Irish internet sector can look forward to huge growth as broadband develops. This growth will impact our media consumption, ecommerce revenues and critically for Pigsback.com, the allocation of advertising spends between media."

Pigsback.com also went on to win Best Shopping Website for the unique online shopping experience that it offers consumers and brands.

"Pigsback.com has gone on to face new challenges with our launch in the UK in June of this year. We are very pleased with our 150,000 members recruited in only five months and are on target for 500,000 by year end 2006. The UK consumers have responded well to the brand and proposition and surprisingly, are even more active than the Irish."

The eircom.net Golden Spiders Awards are Ireland's most prestigious and longest running Internet Awards. The Golden Spiders Awards were established to promote and reward excellence in the internet industry and have become an established landmark in Irish business.

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About Pigsback.com

Pigsback.com was launched in Ireland in July 2000 by Michael Dwyer. The site has over 250,000 members in Ireland and already over 150,000 in the UK.

According to JNIR (Joint National Internet Research, Ireland) is the 6th most visited website in Ireland. It counts Kellogg's, O2, Jacob's, Coca Cola, Ford and Pernod Ricard among its over 200 client brands. The company employs 55 people in Dublin and London.

For further information contact:

Paula Donoghue
Tel: +353 1 243 1939
pdonoghue@pigsback.com

Published on: 12:00AM on 8th December 2005