Monthly Archives: January 2018

31 01, 2018

New Malones Edinburgh opens with 28-metre mural dedicated to Father Ted

Following a £1m-plus investment the new Malones Edinburgh has opened, with a 28-metre mural dedicated to Father Ted taking centre stage. The mural, created by artist Chris Rutterford, features favourites Father Ted Crilly, Father Dougal McGuire, Father Jack Hackett, Mrs Doyle, Bishop Brennan and other legendary Craggy Island characters. The award-winning Malones pub group had been searching for a new location in Edinburgh since the start of last year when its previous venue was sold to another leisure and hospitality business. The site for the new bar was acquired at the end of last year. The new venue has been completely refurbished and will offer more than 25 beers, from Guinness to its very own brew. In addition, five giant copper tanks for speciality Tennent’s Tank Lager have been installed and more than 70 whiskies are on offer. The previous [...]

29 01, 2018

Calling time on plastic straws

We are hearing a lot about plastic straws and their negative effects on the environment in the media at the moment. With many companies and hospitality outlets choosing to ban plastic straws, we take a look at why this has come about and how you can get involved and reduce this plastic pollution in your pub. Both Diageo and Pernod Ricard have spoken out this month about how they plan to phase out plastic straws going forward. Commenting on the Pernod Ricard plastic straw ban, Vanessa Wright, recently appointed Group VP Sustainability & Responsibility, said “The history of Pernod Ricard and our values are intrinsically linked to social responsibility and care – it is a part of us, and the creation of the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute more than 50 years ago is a concrete example. We know that this [...]

25 01, 2018

Ireland’s First Global Hospitality Tech Summit

Ireland’s newest hospitality conference, The Global Hospitality Tech Summit 2018, will take place from the 6th - 7th of February at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, in association with Food and Bev Live. The conference is dedicated to examining recent trends in technology, which will form the future of the hospitality industry. The two-day event has been curated by the Restaurants Association of Ireland, with an anticipated international audience of 150 delegates. The Global Hospitality Tech Summit is directed towards every level of the hospitality sector, including hotel managers, restaurateurs and revenue managers. Key topics that will be covered include innovations and industry trends in 2018, digital marketing and trends in dining. Commenting on the upcoming event, Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland said, “Working alongside Food and Bev Live, our objective is to provide you with [...]

23 01, 2018

6 Unsung Benefits to Working in Hospitality

A career in hospitality certainly is not easy. Inevitably, your job can sometimes involve rude customers, long shifts, anti-social work hours and cleaning. But for what hospitality work lacks in perceived glamour, it makes up for in providing an astounding array of life skills. Behind every bar, there’s lessons to be learned that passing the Bar could never teach. And when it comes to people skills, those who wait tables can wipe the floor with anyone who hasn’t! Hospitality truly prepares you for anything life can throw at you, quite literally. Some benefits of working in hospitality might not be immediately obvious, but experience gives you transferable skills that benefit every other aspect of your life. 1. People skills When working in hospitality, positive interactions with guests are essential. Effective small talk is a skill that comes with practice, but is incredibly [...]

22 01, 2018

Tourism Ireland launches 2018 marketing plans for North America

Tourism Ireland in the United States has launched its marketing plans for 2018. The launch took place at an event in New York, which was attended by leading tour operators, travel agents and journalists from the tri-State area. For 2018, Tourism Ireland is aiming to surpass the record-breaking performance of 2017 and to grow revenue from North American visitors by +7%. Tourism Ireland’s extensive programme of targeted activity in the US for 2018 is already under way. A major television campaign is running on ABC, NBC, and CBS in five priority markets: New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington DC. The current campaign is complemented by extensive digital advertising and social media activity, specially designed to stimulate spring and summer travel to Ireland. The outlook for 2018 is very positive, with more airline seats than ever before between North America [...]

19 01, 2018

Introducing The New Non-Alcoholic Lager from Guinness Open Gate Brewery

‘Open Gate Pure Brew’ is a new, full flavoured, non-alcoholic lager developed at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery at St. James’s Gate, Dublin. John Casey, Lead Brewer, said “We’re extremely proud of this beer. It’s hoppy with lots of fruity aromas and a nice hint of citrus flavour, along with a smooth, malty finish. The overall taste is deliciously refreshing”. In independent taste tests conducted amongst 130 lager drinkers aged between 25 - 40 years old, over 7 in 10 were surprised to learn that ‘Open Gate Pure Brew’ was a non-alcoholic beer. ‘Open Gate Pure Brew’ has an ABV of 0.5% and is available in 330ml bottles. It will be initially rolled out to 250 pubs in Dublin from January 2018, with wider distribution nationally in Ireland from March 2018. Mark Sandys, Global Head of Beer at Diageo, said [...]

17 01, 2018

Irish Pubs Global Federation Launches New Zealand Chapter

The first Irish Pubs Global event of 2018 took place on Monday 15th January in Auckland, New Zealand, where a new chapter of the Irish Pubs Global Federation was formed. The event was attended by owners and managers representing Irish pubs from all over New Zealand, from as far north as the Great Barrier Island (represented by Maire Burns and Phil Judd from The Currach), to as far south as Invercargill (represented by Hamish Baird from Waxy's). Reg Henessey, of Hennessy's Irish Bar Rotorua, has been elected as the founding Chairman of the Irish Pubs Global New Zealand Chapter, with Brian Collins of Pog Mahone's in Queenstown elected as President. Reg Henessey, founding Chairman of the Irish Pubs Global New Zealand Chapter and Brian Collins, New Zealand Chapter President. The event was endorsed by the Restaurant Association of [...]

15 01, 2018

The Dead Rabbit NYC is expanding

The Dead Rabbit is the brainchild of Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, both formerly of The Merchant Hotel in Belfast. Housed in a landmarked building dating back to 1828 and taking its name from an infamous street gang of the era, The Dead Rabbit combines a first-story neighborhood taproom serving craft beer, bottled punch and Irish whiskey, with a refined second-story cocktail parlor that offers 30 original cocktails. The Dead Rabbit has won numerous awards, including Global Best Cocktail Experience and Global Best Bar Person at the 2017 Irish Pubs Global Awards in Dublin, “World’s Best Bar” and “World’s Best Cocktail Menu” Spirited Awards at 2015 Tales of the Cocktail and World’s Best Bar at World’s 50 Best Bars 2016. This follows wins of “Best American Cocktail Bar” and “World’s Best Drinks Selection” in 2014, as well as “World’s Best [...]

11 01, 2018

8% Rise in Irish Beverage Exports

Irish beverage exports rose by 8% last year to €1.5bn, according to the latest Bord Bia export performance report. Overall, the value of Irish food, drink and horticulture exports increased by 13% in 2017, to reach €12.6bn for the first time. Speaking at the launch of Bord Bia’s Export Performance and Prospects 2017-2018 report, where the figures were released, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., said “Last year marked the 8th successive year of growth for total Irish agri-food exports, to reach a record of €13.5bn. Industry, in line with my Department’s market prioritisation strategy, is continuing to diversify, with exports to international markets reaching €4bn for the first time. Trade with the UK, which remains our most valuable market, has grown in overall terms, despite the difficulty presented by Brexit and a weaker sterling". [...]

10 01, 2018

Nominations are now open for the Irish Restaurant Awards 2018

The Restaurants Association of Ireland has announced that nominations for the 10th annual Irish Restaurant Awards 2018 are now open. The public can choose their favourites across 21 categories including Best Restaurant, Best Casual Dining, Best Chef, Best Seafood Experience, Best World Cuisine and more. An exciting new category has been added for this year, Best ‘Free From’, to be awarded to the establishment offering mouth-watering ‘free from’ options within their menus - meals free from the main list of allergens and whose presentation highlights the unique qualities of the ingredients. Nominations can be made now at The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 24th of January. The Irish Restaurant Awards showcase the true talent that Ireland’s hospitality industry has to offer by acknowledging outstanding performers in the sector. Growing steadily from its beginning in 2009, the awards are now [...]