Huggnote was launched by sisters from Co Limerick

You can now send a unique St. Patrick’s Day gift of a “musical hug” using a new Irish app called Huggnote.

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Founded by sisters Jacqui and Perry Meskell in Co Limerick, Huggnote is a musical messaging application that’s been used in nearly 100 countries since last year.

Now, the sisters are in New York City to launch their St. Patrick’s Day version of the app.

“As the whole world turns green, sadly it’s not always possible to be near those we love,” say the Meskell sisters. “But Irish music app Huggnote will help make it feel as though you are!”

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Huggnote promises that in under one minute, users can find the perfect song for anything they wish to express, have it ‘virtually gift-wrapped’ and delivered - from their heart to the recipient’s ears - via text or messenger app.

There’s nothing to download so you can even ‘hugg’ your Granny, something that is really important to the founders.

“We wanted to make sure that anyone can use Huggnote, no matter their age or comfort level with technology,” says Jacqui.

“Music is such an integral part of Irish culture and heritage.” says co-founder Perry.

“And so especially on a day like St Patrick’s Day, it’s wonderful to have a way to express such a warm Irish sentiment in a very Irish way.”

Despite still being in BETA testing, the Huggnote app, supported by Enterprise Ireland, is already gaining traction with thousands of users around the world and has scooped up several awards including Google’s Adopt a Start-Up programme in Ireland as well as the ‘Most Innovative Start-Up’ at the DCU Ryan Academy High Fliers Programme for female founders.

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To use Huggnote you just go to and click 'start hugging'. It's free to use and nothing to download! To learn more about Huggnote, visit their website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

Will you be sending St. Patrick's Day gifts to any of your loved ones this year? Let us know in the comments!