Monthly Archives: September 2015

25 09, 2015

Second distillery has begun production at The Great Northern Distillery in Dundalk

Three mighty copper pot stills, Fionn, Oisin and Setanta, have started to distil on the Dundalk site.  These stills have a capacity to make 18 million bottles of whiskey a year.  They will make a full range of single malt, peated malt and pot still whiskeys.  This is the second distillery on the former Harp Brewery site.  The columns have been producing grain whiskey for the past month.  The total capacity of the two distilleries is 50 million bottles a year. Both distilleries will supply “New Fill” to distillers in the rapidly growing Irish whiskey category as well as making whiskey for their own use.  Great Northern Distillery (GND) owns the famous “Burkes” and “Skylark” brands. GND is owned by the Teeling family, Jim Finn and David Hynes.

23 09, 2015

Restaurants Association of Ireland Have Announced Ireland’s Top Ten ‘Foodie Towns’ Finalists

The Restaurants Association of Ireland have announced their top 10 finalists in the ‘Foodie Towns’ competition 2015. In the search for Ireland’s premier food destination, applications from all over the country were thoroughly assessed and narrowed down by an independent panel of judges. There was some tough competition this year, but based on the applications received, the top ten ‘Foodie Towns’ of Ireland in 2015 are as follows: Boyne Valley Derry Dungarvan Howth Kilkenny Kinsale Loop Head Peninsula Sligo The Burren West Cork Each of the ten finalists will now receive a pre-arranged visit by a pair of independent assessors in the coming weeks. This assessment will be combined with a national public voting campaign where the public can choose their winning foodie destination out of the ten finalists – this can be done through Both components will carry equal weight in the [...]

22 09, 2015

Guinness launches Guinness Golden Ale

Guinness has launched Guinness Golden Ale, the latest release from The Brewers Project, St James’s Gate, Dublin. Named after its distinctive golden colour, Guinness Golden Ale is brewed using Guinness yeast, Irish Barley, the finest hops, and a specially selected amber malt that gives the new beer its rich golden hue. The subtle biscuit flavours from the malted barley perfectly compliment the crisp bitterness and delicate hop aroma, giving way to a refreshingly clean finish.   Peter Simpson, the brewer behind Guinness Golden Ale said: “My ambition was to create a beautifully balanced ale from Guinness that would appeal to a broad range of people and introduce them to the exciting world of premium ale. The release of a golden ale from Guinness is a bold new step and I’m really proud to have created a great new beer that is [...]

21 09, 2015

Tourism Ireland ‘Brewing up’ interest in Irish food and drink

Four Scandinavian journalists were sampling some of Ireland's finest craft beers and culinary delights last week. They were here, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, to experience the superb food and drink on offer in Ireland – so they will spread the word to their readers upon their return home. The visiting journalists write for a variety of publications – including popular lifestyle magazines, a broadsheet newspaper and a gastronomy blog, which have a combined readership of more than one million readers in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. In Cork, the group visited the English Market and the Franciscan Well Brewery, before moving on to Kinsale, where they met with husband-and-wife team Sam and Maudeline Black, of Blacks of Kinsale. The journalists were really impressed by the local dining scene and enjoyed meals at the Cornstore, the Bulman and [...]

15 09, 2015

Kilshanny House, Co. Clare

Kilshanny House, run by Mary and Aidan, is located in the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark region on the Wild Atlantic Way in Kilshanny Village, Co Clare. It is a place with a long history whispering in the raw and beautiful limestone rocks that makes out the foundation and structure of the house. The first stone was laid in the early nineteenth century and in 1860 the house stood ready to let time, people, paint and changing businesses pass through up until the day Aidan took over and reopened it as a pub. Kilshanny House is a forty five min drive from Shannon Airport and a meandering fifteen minutes’ drive to locations such as The Cliffs of Moher , Doolin Pier, Lahinch, Ennistymon and Lisdoonvarna.  This is an ideal early evening location for intriguing mixes of traditional Irish Music, [...]

7 09, 2015


The GUINNESS STOREHOUSE® has been named ‘Europe’s leading tourist attraction’ in the prestigious World Travel Awards. Hailed as ‘the Oscars of the travel industry,’ and decided by an open vote, the award was presented to the Guinness Storehouse on Saturday night at the European Gala Ceremony in Forte Village, Sardinia which was attended by hundreds of tourism and hospitality leaders from across the world.  Shortlisted alongside some of Europe's most historic and recognisable attractions including: the Acropolis, Athens; Buckingham Palace, England; La Sagrada Familia, Spain; Ribeira do Porto, Portugal; the Roman Colosseum, Italy and the Eiffel Tower, France; it was Ireland's top tourist spot that won the largest public vote. Now in its 22nd year, the World Travel Awards is widely acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade.  Speaking at the European Gala Awards Ceremony, Paul Carty, Managing Director, Guinness Storehouse said: “Today is a very proud day for the Guinness Storehouse team. We were honoured to have been shortlisted amongst such iconic attractions but to be voted by the public as ‘Europe’s leading tourist attraction’ goes beyond anything we could have [...]

2 09, 2015

Alltech announces major expansion with purchase of two European craft breweries

In a major expansion of its international alcohol division, Alltech, the animal nutrition multinational and producer of award-winning beers and spirits including Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale® and Town Branch® Bourbon, has acquired a craft brewery in Northern Ireland and also one in mainland United Kingdom. ­Dr. Pearse Lyons, the Dundalk-born entrepreneur and founder of Alltech, purchased the breweries from the family of the late Northern Irish businessman Lord Ballyedmond. Alltech’s acquisition of The Station Works Brewery in Newry Co. Down and Cumberland Breweries Ltd. in Great Corby, Cumbria, England represents the first major expansion outside the United States for its brewing division. Already one of the fastest growing craft brewers in the United States, these purchases represent a significant investment by Lyons in the future of the rapidly expanding craft brewing sector in Europe. Alltech’s core animal nutrition business has [...]