Monthly Archives: May 2013

31 05, 2013

New Irish Pubs Global Chapter President

We are happy to announce Dave Cattanach as the Chapter President of the UAE. Today, Dave is a key player within the  community for his ability of keeping The Irish Village as a premier venue in Dubai: from concerts and gigs to international events and sports ones, Dave has managed to cement the popularity of The Irish Village as a small piece of Ireland in the heart of Dubai. Residents and visitors to the Emirate  flock to The IV on regular basis to experience true Irish hospitality. Over the years The Irish Village has welcomed great names for concert or leisure; one of them being Sir Bob Geldof who has been returning for the past consecutive 7 years to open St Patrick’s Day Celebrations at The IV. Other world-renowned personalities have visited to experience the craic if only for a taste of Guinness, [...]

30 05, 2013

What have Irish Pubs and Italian Fish & Chip Shops got in common?

May 29th was Italian Fish & Chip Shop Day in Ireland, an initiative started by the Irish Traditional Italian Chipper Association to celebrate the unique identity of their shops. The first day was held in 2010 when the Italians noticed that some fast food outlets were cheekily passing themselves off as Italian with foreign sounding names. Now the genuine Italian chippers carry a sticker to show their authenticity and they offer half price fish and chips on National Fish and Chip Day. It is paying off handsomely for the association’s 200 or so shops. “There will be over 200,000 people going through the doors of our shops today,” he says, a more than doubling of the usual numbers. “Last year we went through 450,000 lbs of potatoes and 70,000 lbs of fish. Around six o’clock there are queues out the [...]

30 05, 2013

What have Irish Pubs and Italian Fish & Chip Shops got in common?

May 29th was Italian Fish & Chip Shop Day in Ireland, an initiative started by the Irish Traditional Italian Chipper Association to celebrate the unique identity of their shops. The first day was held in 2010 when the Italians noticed that some fast food outlets were cheekily passing themselves off as Italian with foreign sounding names. Now the genuine Italian chippers carry a sticker to show their authenticity and they offer half price fish and chips on National Fish and Chip Day. It is paying off handsomely for the association’s 200 or so shops. “There will be over 200,000 people going through the doors of our shops today,” he says, a more than doubling of the usual numbers. “Last year we went through 450,000 lbs of potatoes and 70,000 lbs of fish. Around six o’clock there are queues out the [...]

30 05, 2013

Keynote Speaker Confirmed

Former President and CEO of The Ireland Funds, Networking Guru and International Speaker Kingsley Aikins has built up a formidable international speaking reputation over the last twenty-five years and has spoken to over half a million people in 29 cities around the world during that time. Kingsley has a unique speaking style and delivery, which he puts across with passion and humour. His stock of anecdotes and stories based on his global experiences keeps audiences entertained and informed and leaves them with a series of practical and uplifting messages. Kingsley has written and spoken extensively on philanthropy and global Diaspora networks. In 2009, he co-authored two publications - A Philanthropy and Fundraising Toolkit and A Comparative Review of International Diaspora Strategies. Ireland’s diaspora is one of the largest and most influential, numbering over 70 million globally, there are 44 million [...]

29 05, 2013

Thousands bid for 24 chocolate bars

IT'S like Willy Wonka's golden tickets. Thousands of Irish Australians are desperately trying to get their hands on 24 special chocolate bars that landed in Oz. The limited edition bars are sold out in Ireland but 24 were shipped to Australia to give Irish expats and Aussies the chance to taste them. What's so special about them? The bars are made from the famous Irish Tayto cheese and onion crisps mixed with Irish chocolate - all in one bar. A winning combination or a controversial mix? The jury is out but the response has been overwhelming. Taste Ireland CEO Eamon Eastwood is the holder of the elusive chocolate bars and decided to raffle them off in a Facebook campaign. "I couldn't believe the reaction, it went off the richter scale with almost half a million impressions," said Mr Eastwood. "It's an [...]

29 05, 2013

How to Make your Pub Exterior Increase Footfall

Many people decide whether to go in to a Pub by assessing its Shopfront’s appearance. This is a totally subconscious process which is based on many criteria. Women are particularly sensitive when it comes to this so if you get it right it can make a big difference. Personally I want to feel comfortable walking in somewhere. I don’t want to feel intimidated rather I want to feel welcome and safe. A Pub exterior can be the key to a customer taking the first step inside. Here are a few key criteria: 1.Use Colour Effectivley The brighter and the more cheerful the pub shopfront colour is the more attractive and eye catching it will be to people passing by. Try a new colour scheme, don’t play it safe by going for the dark traditional red or greens. The facade needs [...]

20 05, 2013

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16 05, 2013

Irish emigrants miss a cup of tea more than a pint

Irish people living abroad miss a cup of tea more than a pint in their local, claims new research by one of Ireland’s biggest tea brands, an offering more Irish Pubs abroad are providing for relocated Irish. The survey conducted by Lyons Tea found that a whopping 69 percent of Irish people said they missed a cup of tea more than a tipple in their local pub. Both male and female respondents ranked spending time with family and friends as the most missed activity. Tea was the most missed Irish product for Irish men abroad at 54 percent, while Irish chocolate and crisps came in a close behind. As part of their ‘Bring The Talk Home’ campaign, Lyons Tea commissioned the research to find what Irish emigrants missed most about Ireland while they were away. Diarmaid Ferriter, Irish author and [...]

13 05, 2013

Rare Irish Stuff

Rare Irish Stuff is a Dublin based company that aims to bring Ireland all over the world. From turf cutters for a fireplace to a traditional fit out for your Irish Pub, and everything in between. The beginning of the business started with an objective is to bring an atmosphere to Irish pubs beyond Ireland. ‘Creating the true atmosphere of Ireland can be one of the most difficult challenges in creating an authentic Irish Pub. The sourcing, buying, theming and logistics involved can be complicated and time consuming.’ They say there goal is to take ‘the pressure and pain out of sourcing and theming all the ‘stuff’ that makes an Irish Pub just that...An Irish Pub.’ They specialise in Irish rarities to differentiate your pub, you are able to search for posters and prints by time period and by specific [...]

8 05, 2013

The Dead Rabbit, Manhattan

The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, a “rough and ready” saloon bar claiming to stock New York’s best selection of Irish whiskey, opened earlier this year in Lower Manhattan, NY. Situated in a two-storey commercial building dating back to 1828, The Dead Rabbit takes its inspiration from one of New York’s most notorious 19th century street gangs. On its first floor is a tap room serving a variety of craft beer, an extensive selection of Irish whiskey plus “pop-ins” – lightly hopped beer combined with amari or fruit liqueurs. Ready-to-drink bottled punch will also be available by the glass or flagon. A second-floor cocktail parlour serves hot and cold communal punches plus a cocktail list, derived by Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon, both originally from Belfast, features 72 “historically accurate” drinks inspired by Jerry Thomas and his peers.  “All of our [...]