Yearly Archives: 2017

12 12, 2017

Beam Suntory’s Aoife Clarke is appointed chair of the Irish Spirits Association

Aoife Clarke of Beam Suntory has been appointed chair of the Irish Spirits Association (ISA), the representative body responsible for promoting the interests of the Irish spirits industry. Clarke will be the first female Chair of the Irish Spirits Association in its 20-year history. She takes over as chair from John Harte of Donohoes Drink Company. Clarke has extensive experience working in the drinks industry and in public affairs, both in Ireland and internationally. She has been the senior director of international public affairs at Beam Suntory for over four years. Beam Suntory is the owner of Cooley Distillery, one of the largest Irish whiskey distilleries. Pat Rigney of the The Shed Distillery in Co Leitrim, makers of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, has been appointed as Vice-Chair of the ISA. Established in 1997, the Irish Spirits Association acts as a [...]

11 12, 2017

How to manage a difficult employee

Dealing with a difficult or needy employee is an inevitable part of a manager’s role. There are often a number of factors at play – an employee may feel underutilised, undervalued, overworked or just be plain incompetent. If you find yourself frustrated by a member of staff or not able to communicate with them effectively, these are the steps you need to take: Listen Sometimes just giving an employee some quality airtime can be enough to affect their attitude in a positive way, so allow him or her to express their dissatisfaction, irritation and concerns (even if you’re unconvinced of their validity). Arrange a private session where you actively take their views on board and give them the opportunity to speak openly with you. This not only makes them feel heard but it means they are less likely to moan [...]

8 12, 2017

Tourism Ireland has launched first ever tourism campaign in space

Tourism Ireland’s interstellar tourism campaign has taken off, highlighting a destination that is truly “out of this world”. As Star Wars fans around the world eagerly await the new film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Tourism Ireland is celebrating the upcoming release with a fun publicity stunt – the first ever tourism campaign in space. Perched above the earth in space, a billboard ad is highlighting “Earth’s Wild Atlantic Way” with an image of Skellig Michael, otherwise known as Luke Skywalker’s hide-out in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The billboard was launched into space using a weather balloon, to reach a peak altitude of 33,390 metres – where a photo and short film of the ad were then captured. The aim is to create some excitement just before The Last Jedi is released and to remind fans everywhere that locations [...]

5 12, 2017

Irish Spirits Association launches Love Irish Cream Liqueur campaign

The Irish Spirits Association (ISA) has launched a Love Irish Cream Liqueur campaign. Christmas is a very important time for Irish cream liqueur sales and the campaign aims to restart a conversation about the uniqueness of the product category, its importance to Ireland, and the need to protect it against fake products. The Irish Spirits Association has revealed that the Christmas sales period of 2017 is set to be one of the most buoyant for Irish cream liqueur in years. According to the ISA, Irish cream liqueur is growing in popularity both at home and abroad, after recovering from a ‘lost decade’ during which growth had stagnated. Between 2012 and 2016, sales of Irish Cream Liqueur in Ireland (across both off and on trade) fell by 11.2 per cent, from 108,000 cases to 95,900 cases. However, in 2016 over 90 [...]

4 12, 2017

Deliveroo partners with The Hill for cocktails 

Now you can order a cocktail without leaving the comfort of your own home! Deliveroo has launched a new partnership with the cocktail maestros at The Hill pub in Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Dublin locals can order a range of cocktails to be delivered straight to their door, with only the final shake of the cocktail mixer needed before drinking. To show how it’s done, Deliveroo deployed some extreme delivery skills with two parkour stunt experts climbing, flipping and vaulting their way through Dublin city centre, mixing the ready-made cocktails as they go, to ensure Deliveroo customers receive their favourite drink in style. Derek Marsden of The Hill commented “We know what our customers like to drink and have taken great care to choose the right drinks for the Deliveroo cocktail menu. We can guarantee customers will not be disappointed with [...]

4 12, 2017

Irish Distillers Launches Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition

Following a successful trial in the Irish market in September 2017, Irish Distillers has announced that Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is to be released worldwide over the coming months. Caskmates IPA Edition is the result of a collaboration between Irish Distillers and Cork-based craft brewery, Franciscan Well. In 2013 Brian Nation, Master Distiller in Midleton Distillery, and Dave Quinn, Master of Whiskey Science in Midleton Distillery, met Franciscan Well Founder and Head Brewer, Shane Long, in a local Cork bar. The two men from Midleton agreed to loan Shane a few Jameson casks, to be filled with a stout and then returned to be refilled with Jameson. The resulting Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition was released in 2015 and since then the brewery and distiller have collaborated on a number of releases. For the latest release, the team in Midleton was [...]

1 12, 2017

The Christmas Cocktail Club opens in Dublin for December

A new Christmas bar is opening in Dublin for the month of December. The Christmas Cocktail Club opens today in the basement of Berlin Cafe & Bar D2. Award-winning cocktail bartender Alan McGillivray will be leading the project for the month. Alan recently returned to Dublin from New York City where he worked in two of the best cocktail bars in the world - The Dead Rabbit and BlackTail. Alan and his team will be serving traditional festive drinks such as Nog’s, Mulled Wine, Hot Apple Cider and many more. What better way to start the festive season than to be sipping on some delicious hot port while listening to The Pogues playing Fairytale of New York? The Christmas themed bar is located in the basement of Berlin Cafe & Bar on Dame lane, open from 5 pm Thursday to Sunday. [...]

30 11, 2017

Bar Cellar Safety Programme Launched

The Irish Brewers Association and the Health & Safety Authority have co-launched a programme designed for publicans and bar managers to enhance basic safety practices in cellars, cold rooms and across all areas of bars, restaurants, hotels and pubs. The cellar safety programme aims to improve safety in the workplace environment for thousands of workers and service providers, and for customers of the hospitality sector. The information, with a particular focus on Ireland, is relevant to bars throughout the globe. The programme was designed following numerous safety issues arising from serious accidents in bar cellars across Europe in recent years. It is aimed at helping bars to protect their staff and meet legal requirements to ensure their workplace is a safe place to operate in. The new safety programme can be accessed through the HSA’s existing online risk assessment tool, [...]

29 11, 2017

Supplier Spotlight: Festy

Festy is an Irish fintech company that builds contactless payments technologies and ID verification systems for pubs, restaurants, festivals, concerts and conferences that are revolutionising the payments industry as we know it. Our promise is that we can axe transaction costs for merchants by more than 50% creating a commercially viable alternative to traditional payment processors that are financially crippling businesses by incurring extortionate fees upon them. The underlying technology that we use is a unification of NFC (the exact same small chip that makes ordinary contactless card transactions possible) and blockchain (the technology that gives rise to decentralised digital currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dash which cut out middlemen allowing for cheaper and more transparent financial transactions between two parties) so that businesses can benefit from the fast transaction speeds of contactless payments in a much more cost effective [...]

28 11, 2017

Bushmills Irish Whiskey Launches New Brand

Bushmills Irish Whiskey has announced the launch of Bushmills Red Bush, a new brand in the award-winning portfolio. This is the first new expression from The Old Bushmills Distillery for the domestic market in nearly five years. As the Irish whiskey category escalates in popularity, consumer demand has increased for a relevant and versatile whiskey that can be enjoyed neat or with a range of mixers. Bushmills Red Bush is a subtle and balanced expression - appealing to both whiskey enthusiasts and those new to the category, drawing new consumers into the character and flavour profile unique to Bushmills Irish Whiskey. Matured exclusively in first-fill, medium char bourbon casks which soften the spirit, Bushmills Red Bush is a blend of triple distilled single malt and grain whiskey delivering a sweet and exceptionally smooth taste. The amber spirit offers intense aromas [...]