Monthly Archives: January 2011

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27 01, 2011

Queensland Irish pub owner tells of flood drama

Source: Irish Echo, Australia's Irish Newspaper.  Article by Claire McGreal. The owners of an Irish hotel in Queensland are thanking their lucky stars to have escaped any major damage in the flood crisis thus far. O’Shanley’s Irish Bar and Restaurant is situated in the farming town of Clifton, half way between water ravaged Toowoomba and the town of Warwick, and around 150 km from Brisbane. At least ten people have died so far in the crisis and another 90 are missing, in what Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has described as the “worst natural disaster in our history”. Armagh native Kathleen O’Shanley, who’s been running O’Shanley’s Hotel with her husband Fletch since 2003, says the town was hardest hit on St Stephens Day, devastating local crops and produce, and destroying the railway line. “Big round bales of hay were [...]

20 01, 2011

The Porterhouse Brewing Co. at Fraunces Tavern

Irish Pubs Global braved the cold winter air and made it down to The Porterhouse in the Financial District of Manhattan last night.  What greeted us was a pub like no other on the island.  Situated in the restored Fraunces Tavern, where Washington gave his farewell address to the officers of the Continental Army in 1783, The Porterhouse Brewing Co has spared no expense in the installment of its latest venture. There are two bars stocked with tons of European and American beers and patrons are also treated to a small whiskey bar just inside the main door.  Bespoke furniture made from old Singer sewing machines and large rustic, very stylish wooden benches and stools give the place a high quality feel. The restaurant, which doesn't open until Monday 24th January promises to be a treat; chefs were already in the [...]

18 01, 2011

Owners & Managers Conference for the Americas

WHEN April 18, 19, & 20th 2011 WHERE Crystal Tea Room 13th & Market St. Philadelphia, PA WHO Owners and Managers of small and large Irish Pubs. Suppliers, consultants and all who connect with the industry. WHAT It’s a unique industry networking and educational event! Hands on workshops to help you build your profits & build your connection to Ireland, including: For more information, contact Irish Pubs Global. Motivational Training Irish Pubs 101 for Owners Irish Pubs 101 for Managers Owner Networking Events Celebrity Chef Demonstrations Mixology Demo Irish Whiskey Tasting Key Irish Pub Suppliers Join Irish Pub Owners from around the world in the City of Brotherly Love, for an action packed seminar, a Philly pub crawl, and a spectacluar gala ball with special musical guests. For more information, contact Irish Pubs Global. I invite you, with Dave Magrogan, [...]

18 01, 2011

Owners & Managers Conference for the Americas

WHEN April 18, 19, & 20th 2011 WHERE Crystal Tea Room 13th & Market St. Philadelphia, PA WHO Owners and Managers of small and large Irish Pubs. Suppliers, consultants and all who connect with the industry. WHAT It’s a unique industry networking and educational event! Hands on workshops to help you build your profits & build your connection to Ireland, including: For more information, contact Irish Pubs Global. Motivational Training Irish Pubs 101 for Owners Irish Pubs 101 for Managers Owner Networking Events Celebrity Chef Demonstrations Mixology Demo Irish Whiskey Tasting Key Irish Pub Suppliers Join Irish Pub Owners from around the world in the City of Brotherly Love, for an action packed seminar, a Philly pub crawl, and a spectacluar gala ball with special musical guests. For more information, contact Irish Pubs Global. I invite you, with Dave Magrogan, [...]

8 01, 2011

Irish Pubs in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands, visited by Irish Pubs Global, has an extraordinary oddball and interesting collection of Irish Pubs.   Generally they are small, individualistic, leased and run as quasi 'lifestyle' businesses by people who have 'dropped-out' from Northern Europe  - or who have taken early retirement, attracted by the tropical climate. Standards and quality vary enormously.  And while fragmented, this is an interesting and profitable market. As a  group of Spanish Islands, there is little connectivity between places like Lanzorote, Grand Canaria and Tenerife as examples  - so the pub groups are very much on an island-to-island basis. That said. clearly there is scope for owners and managers to collectively work together. Between all the islands,  there over 130 plus Irish Pubs - no one is exactly sure, likewise there is a grey area as to what constitutes an ' Irish [...]

7 01, 2011

Three pieces of irish magic

THREE PIECES OF IRISH MAGIC The magic of Irish pubs continues ……………….. At the recent Galway conference and work shop we discussed the future of Irish pubs - We see a small resurgence of Irish iconic shows like Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance.  His Celtic Tiger is now unfortunately mis-named due to Ireland’s demise into the Celtic mishap but the content of Michael’s show puts our reputation where we can grow the future of our Irish pub business. Why – Because he moved from traditional culture to modern culture and the achievements of the Irish in America and hence everywhere - The influence we had and still have. In pub culture now in Ireland we flounder in the abyss with some exceptions. Abroad there is still the Magic when one creates an Irish Pub. A  MAGIC which [...]

6 01, 2011

Japan and Ireland Chamber Christmas Dinner Success

(L to R) Trevor Allen, IKON Europubs, John Neary, Irish Ambassador, Moire Lynam, CITIBANK Japan and Enda O'Coineen, Irish Pubs Global   We made our first foray into Japan at the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce Dinner Thursday December 2nd at which the new Irish Ambassador John Neary was honoured. The Japanese online gaming company, Gala, head-up by Satoru Kikugawa also got a nod at the event. Gala have announced an additional 40 jobs (approx) at their very successful Irish operation expanding into Europe. Satoru is also a keen sailor. The Dinner was held in the Conrad Hotel in Tokyo where Irishman Mark Meaney is head of Food and Beverage Trevor Allen was stuck for words when asked by a Japanese journalist 'What's the difference between an Irish Pub and an English Pub?'. After a thoughful pause, his [...]