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W.H. Ireland Group (WHI)

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Wednesday 01 December, 2004

W.H. Ireland Group

Placing of Shares

W.H. Ireland Group PLC
01 December 2004

            W.H.Ireland Group PLC ('W.H. Ireland' or the 'Company')

W.H. Ireland announces that W.H. Ireland Limited, its stockbroking subsidiary,
has completed a placing of a substantial stake in the Company. Mr Mohammed
Marafie, who was formerly a director of W.H. Ireland, yesterday disposed of
3,212,367 ordinary shares of 5p each (representing 20.43% of the issued equity
of  W.H. Ireland) and these shares have been placed principally with a number of
institutions at a price of 100p per ordinary share.

For further information contact:

W.H.Ireland Group plc                                              0161 832 6644

Richard Lee, Director

Laurie Beevers, Managing Director

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