Monthly Archives: August 2013

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28 08, 2013

Patrick Scanlan & The Angel’s Share

TO SAY THAT PATRICK SCANLAN IS A BIT OF A FANATIC WHEN IT COMES TO WHISKEY IS A BIT OF AN UNDERSTATEMENT. FROM AN EARLY AGE, THIS CONNOISSEUR AND “MASTER OF MALTS” HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO PERFECTING THE FINEST COLLECTION OF WHISKEY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. Patrick grew up within the trade. His grandfather, Fox Scanlan, was his nurturing influence in the industry. During the early years, Patrick worked for a variety of hotels in Scotland. This saw him sent off to various Whiskey tasting courses and it was here that, according to Patrick; “the gene kicked in.” This culminated in the 2003 St. Patrick’s Day opening of Scanlan’s Tavern, where Patricknow highlights one of the best reserves of quality drink seen anywhere in the world. Consequently this has seen a boom in the tourist trade in and around Gernika where the Tavern itself [...]

28 08, 2013

Patrick Scanlan & The Angel’s Share

TO SAY THAT PATRICK SCANLAN IS A BIT OF A FANATIC WHEN IT COMES TO WHISKEY IS A BIT OF AN UNDERSTATEMENT. FROM AN EARLY AGE, THIS CONNOISSEUR AND “MASTER OF MALTS” HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO PERFECTING THE FINEST COLLECTION OF WHISKEY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. Patrick grew up within the trade. His grandfather, Fox Scanlan, was his nurturing influence in the industry. During the early years, Patrick worked for a variety of hotels in Scotland. This saw him sent off to various Whiskey tasting courses and it was here that, according to Patrick; “the gene kicked in.” This culminated in the 2003 St. Patrick’s Day opening of Scanlan’s Tavern, where Patricknow highlights one of the best reserves of quality drink seen anywhere in the world. Consequently this has seen a boom in the tourist trade in and around Gernika where the Tavern itself [...]

28 08, 2013

Optimising Your Irish Pub Website for Mobile Devices

EVEN BEFORE THE ADVENT OF THE SMARTPHONE, THE INTERNET WAS WIDELY AVAILABLE TO ALL WHO HAD A MOBILE PHONE, BUT WAS ALWAYS CUMBERSOME TO NAVIGATE DUE TO BOTH THE SCREEN RESOLUTION OF THE MOBILE PHONE AND THE RESOLUTION SETTINGS OF ANY PARTICULAR WEBSITE. PUT SIMPLY, WEBSITES DID NOT FIT WELL ON A SMALL MOBILE PHONE SCREEN. A pivotal reason why smartphones have been such a huge success lies in the way in which websites are now adapting towards them. The term ‘smartphone’ derives its name from the simple concept that it is smarter than the average phone; in some cases, a smartphone can be even more powerful than some low-end laptop computers. Irish pub owners should take advantage of this information and devote as much time and consideration into implementing their website for mobile platforms as they would for a desktop computer. [...]

28 08, 2013

Scruffy Murphys has the Rock Edge

here are a variety of attributes, which make up a great Irish pub, music being one of them. Irish pubs generally tend to focus on hosting traditional music, however, that’s not necessarily the case with Scruffy Murphys, a pub with a “decidedly less-than-traditional take on the live bands that play [on] stage.” Scruffy Murphys owner,  John Elliott, states; “We’re more focused on what people would consider Irish rock or Celtic rock. I know Street Dogs singer Mike McColgan and Nathen Maxwell from Flogging Molly. We’ve hosted Flogging Molly several times at the pub – and hope to do so on 14th March again when they play Denver this year.” The diversity of music speaks for itself; the pub has played host to such great acts including Seven Nations, The Mighty Regis and Brazen Heads. Everything from Irish Punk to Psychobilly music is covered. The reasons behind breaking from the norm are down [...]

28 08, 2013

Murphys Irish Pub Israel

WHEN YOU THINK OF ISRAEL, MANY THINGS AUTOMATICALLY SPRING TO MIND, THE MOST OBVIOUS BEING ITS INCREDIBLE HISTORY AND CULTURE, BUT ALSO ITS PICTURESQUE BEAUTY. With these ideals in mind, the owners ofMurphys Irish Pub have gone to great lengths to accommodate a similar aesthetic into the heart of their establishment, but with an obvious Irish twist. General Manager Tommy Danewitz spoke to Irish Pubs Global about the lavishly decorative Murphys Irish Pub in scenic Herzliya. Tommy started work at Murphys five years ago as a bar tender, worked his way up to shift manager and was recently promoted to the role of general manager; “This pub is quite a place to get into. We have one of the biggest, if not the biggest displays of whiskey on offer, so you learn the ropes pretty fast;” says Tommy. According to Tommy, Murphys has been established since 2004; [...]

28 08, 2013

PEL Recycling Equipment Helps Reduce Waste Costs

WASTE IS SOMETHING THAT SADLY PLAGUES SOCIETY; FROM INDUSTRIAL WASTE, TO GENERAL WASTE FOUND AT HOME, WASTE IS SOMETHING THAT AFFECTS US ALL. Thankfully, PEL Recycling, a Mayo based company, are finding unique solutions to problems such as this with a radical new glass crusher that fits snuggly under the counter of any bar. Known as the ‘Baby Jaws’ (click on the image) this glass crusher reduces waste by a volume of 5:1. The immediate benefit for pub owner is that this machine allows bar staff to handle the glass from behind the bar; giving pub owners huge savings in waste expenditure as well as reducing the amount of storage space needed for waste. We spoke to Tommy Griffith, owner of PEL, about this innovative product. “If you take a place, like the Porterhouse or Lillie’s Bordello in Dublin, their issue is [...]

28 08, 2013

Opentable and the Cheers’ effect

Back in June, we featured an article on Fado Irish Pub and the announcement of that Irish pubs use of OpenTable, an online service to help patrons make reservations. This week Irish Pubs Global looks further intoOpenTable and how the service is effectively used to track and improve the overall customer experience, as well as help your Irish pub increase its revenue. The ability to know and read your customer is crucial to the survival of your Irish pub. When a customer orders food at your Irish pub, it is vital to note their habits and preferences; everything down to any quirks they may have. OpenTable allows you to log in details and track information about an individual customer; whether it is a specific preference, like having a stake cooked medium rare, or noting that they have an allergy to fish. It is also becoming common practice [...]

27 08, 2013

Wi-Fi Connection for Your Irish Pub

Having a Wi-Fi Connection for your Irish Pub is pretty much mandatory. A recent survey, conducted in Ireland by Molson Coors, suggests that more than half of 18 to 24-year-olds would go to the pub more often if free Wi-Fi was made available. Niall Phelan, Molson Coors Ireland’s Country Manager, said that; “While price is typically a barrier to growth in a stagnant economy, the research illustrates that by offering value-added services like free WiFi, pubs can meet customer expectations and attract footfall without actually resorting to ongoing price reductions.” As Wi-Fi becomes more and more commonplace, it’s important to understand exactly what Wi-Fi is and what benefits can come from it. Wi-fi is an acronym for Wireless Fidelity, a set of standards for transmitting data over a wireless network. Wi-Fi offers a connection radius of usually 20 meters (65 feet), though [...]

27 08, 2013

Durty Nellys and Belfast Students in Conflict

IRISH PUBS GLOBAL SPOKE TO DURTY NELLYS OWNER JOE MCGUINNESS ABOUT HIS PUB AND HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH THE DOCUMENTARY ‘BELFAST: STUDENTS IN CONFLICT’. “Durty Nellys has a catchy name and a genuine story behind it. When you open a Pub, you have to have a name people will remember. You have to have a product that connects with people. Our mission statement has been to provide a legendary Irish hospitality experience from day one,” says Joe. Irish Pubs Global spoke to Durty Nellys owner Joe McGuinness about his pub and his involvement with the documentary ‘Belfast: Students in Conflict’ Joe’s family, originally from Dublin, has strong ties to the Guinness Brewery over at St. James’s Gate. Back in 1975, at the beginning of his career, he began working at Murphy’s Irish Pub (now the Cobblestone Pub) in Smithfield and followed that up by graduating from [...]

27 08, 2013

Ballymaloe Country Relish – Relishing A Family Business

Long service, hard work and extreme loyalty are the main ingredients behind the success story of Ballymaloe Country Relish, a family business owned and run by Yasmin Hyde, daughter of Myrtle and Ivan Allen of Ballymaloe House. Irish Pubs Global spoke briefly to Bob Henry, Business Manager for Ballymaloe Country Relish about the story behind its success. “Myrtle Allen produced this relish, which was a family favorite first of all, then it became a favorite with the guests at Ballymaloe House and then Yasmin decided to bring it to general public;” says Bob. As Bob suggests, the roots of this beloved relish can be traced back sixty-four years to Yasmin’s parents; Ivan who farmed tomatoes and Myrtle who devised the recipe behindBallymaloe Country Relish. Years later, Yasmin began production of the recipe within her own kitchen for local shops and restaurants, but soon moved [...]