Monthly Archives: November 2018

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28 11, 2018

30 Publicans Gather for US Irish Hospitality Workshop

The picturesque colonial town of Alexandria VA was the setting for an historical first meeting and workshop for Irish Pub Operators from across North America. The theme and concept of the workshop was developed by Donal Ballance of Ballance Hospitality, was supported by Irish Hospitality Global and endorsed by a number of Irish State Agencies (i.e. Tourism Ireland, Bord Bia and Dept of Foreign Affairs). 30 of the very best operators from across the United States and Canada met to discuss the current state of the Irish Pub industry in North America, how operators might work more closely together and how operators could strengthen their ties to Ireland and an authentic Irish experience. Delegates received presentations and heard updates from Billy Condon of Tourism Ireland, Henry Horkin of Bord Bia and Colm O'Reilly of Irish Hospitality Global - interwoven with [...]

26 11, 2018

5 reasons why you should move your team’s hospitality training to online

As hospitality business operations continue to become digitised it’s no surprise that the methods used to train hospitality staff are also moving towards more streamlined and automated processes. If your business is considering making the switch from dated, face to face training here are some great benefits of online training you should know. 1. Improve induction The hospitality industry experiences one of the highest rates of staff turnover globally, which means that you’re probably spending a large amount of your time onboarding new staff. With online training options, for example Typsy, you can simply record your business induction once via video then distribute the same standardised message to all staff. This also allows you to ensure that staff receive a uniform message, so no important parts are missed out. With a recorded learning resource staff can also continuously revisit the [...]

23 11, 2018

Save thousands with exclusive AIB Merchant Services Members Offer

AIB Merchant Services are providing an unprecedented and exclusive UK and Ireland merchant offer to Irish Hospitality Global Members with the lowest transaction cost in the market and save your business €1,000's per year on customer payments. For you, AIB will ensure you pay no registration fees, No monthly PCI Admin fees, No monthly paper statement fees, No monthly  authorisation fees. Plus they will will give you the lowest available interchange rates at only 0.1% (at-cost from Visa/Mastercard). AIB will charge our members only 0.25% AIB margin, plus 3 cents per transaction. AIB will also give you as many free mobile terminals as you need for 12 months - the most modern and reliable terminal available on the market including both wifi and GPS. Their award-winning, UK-based customer services centre provides quick 24 hour help in the unlikely event that [...]

23 11, 2018

Iconic Café en Seine returns with an exciting new look

Established in 1993, the Dawson’s Street bar in Dublin city quickly became known as one of Ireland’s leading destination venues. Continuing this legacy, the newly designed space features several dining experiences along with a host of bars, bespoke event areas and a stunning Parisian inspired street garden. The newly reopened Café en Seine offers an extensive food menu which caters for a range of tastes and occasions. The menu features several dining options including; ‘at the bar’ sharing plates for those who are looking for a casual food experience and a bespoke à la carte menu for those who want to enjoy a meal in the newly designated restaurant area. Boasting one of the largest bar spaces in Ireland, the re-imagined venue continues to deliver the premium bar service its customers have come to know and love. Spread across seven [...]

22 11, 2018

Introducing The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey

A new breed of Irish whiskey is set to shake up the spirits category this month. Newly launched, The Sexton® Single Malt Irish Whiskey is an unexpected single malt, rich in hue, approachable in taste and memorable in flavour, and is heading to bars now from its Northern Irish home. Designed for a new modern whiskey drinker, The Sexton is just as delicious enjoyed in a cocktail as it is neat or on the rocks. Joining the market during an exciting time for the category, the new whiskey is perfectly placed to usher in a new era for Irish single malt. The Sexton is the result of the unique vision and creativity of Master Blender Alex Thomas. Thomas is one of the world’s few female whiskey blenders and brings great expertise as well as bold and exciting new thinking and ideas. Fascinated [...]

21 11, 2018

The new Devlin Hotel opens in Ranelagh

The new boutique hotel situated in Ranelagh, Dublin 6, is home to a rooftop restaurant and terrace, forty bedrooms, a boutique cinema, a great coffee spot and an incredible new cocktail bar.  Layla’s Rooftop Restaurant, Bar and Terrace is an atmospheric space with exposed timber joisted ceilings, oak floorboards and 1950s inspired tan leather booths. The centrepiece of the room is a beautiful three-sided marble and leather clad bar, nestled beside the open kitchen and pizza oven. Head chef Paul Devoy has created an inventive menu, and the breakfast includes organic eggs Benedict; or Inch House black pudding, shaved pickled pear salad, Crozier blue cheese, mustard & apple dressing. For lunch, options include sesame tofu, flaked BBQ salmon, calamari and clam linguine, and pizza fresh from the pizza oven. Dinner options include shrimp & crab rigatoni pasta, Ibérico pork cheeks, sea bream fillet or the [...]

14 11, 2018

Irish Distillers Reintroduces Red Spot Whiskey

Irish Distillers has unveiled its new Red Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. Last seen in the mid-1960s, the new member of the Spot Whiskeys range offers whiskey drinkers further choice in the innovative super-premium Irish whiskey category. Crafted from an old recipe handed down by the Mitchell & Son family of wine merchants, the creators of the original Spot Whiskeys range in the early 1900s, this reimagined Red Spot is a triple-distilled, single pot still Irish whiskey that has been matured for a minimum of 15 years in a combination of casks pre-seasoned with Bourbon, Oloroso Sherry and Marsala fortified wine. The Mitchell family worked closely with the craftsmen from Midleton Distillery throughout the collaboration. As part of the process, Marsala fortified wine casks were procured from Sicily in the early 2000s and then, in 2004, were filled with [...]

14 11, 2018

New Pearse Lyons Brewery to open in Dundalk

Alltech Beverage Division Ireland (ABDI) has announced plans to open a new brewery at the historic site of the old MacArdle Moore Brewery in Dundalk. The new Pearse Lyons Brewery will incorporate the relocation of the Station Works Brewery in Newry, which was acquired by the late Dr. Pearse Lyons in 2015 and produces the Foxes Rock™ range of ales, stouts and lagers. The history of brewing in Dundalk dates back to 1683, when records indicate that more than 30 ale and beer breweries existed in the town. The renowned MacArdle Moore Brewery provided the perfect location for Alltech to honour Dr. Lyons, its late founder. “It’s an honour to be bringing new life to this historic building,” said John O’Brien, master brewer at Pearse Lyons Brewery. “The MacArdle Moore Brewery was synonymous with brewing in Dundalk. Formed in 1850 [...]

8 11, 2018

O’Hara’s Releases 8th Edition of Award-Winning Barrel Aged Series

O’Hara’s Brewery has announced the release of the 8th edition in its award-winning Barrel Aged Series: Leann Folláin. The stout has been aged in first fill American bourbon oak barrels supplied by The Dublin Liberties Irish Whiskey Distillery, based in the heart of Dublin 8. Commenting on the new release, Seamus O’Hara, Founder and CEO of O'Hara's Brewery said "Our Barrel Aged Series has won a lot of awards over the years and developed a bit of a cult following. The only downside is that it has created very high expectations! Some people might think it risky to mess around with Leann Folláin which is such a good beer in its own right but my philosophy is that while you can never be 100% certain what the barrel ageing process will do to a beer, if you put a great [...]

6 11, 2018

The Best Irish Cocktail 2018 has been announced

The first Irish Cocktail Month ran for the month of October, with any venue in Ireland invited to take part. Dozens of venues from the four provinces got involved, all of them showcasing cocktails made with Irish whiskeys, gins, vodkas and poitíns.  Once the festival kicked off on October 1st, the public could vote for which venue had the #BestIrishCocktail by using the hashtag on Twitter and Instagram and tagging the venue or by posting on the festival Facebook page www.facebook.com/GreatIrishBeverages. Voting closed on 1st November with the title of Best Irish Cocktail 2018 going to the crew at The Grand Hotel, Fermoy county Cork!  Their winning cocktail, created by the venue’s leading cocktail whizkid, John Coleman, is called "Bee Right With You" - an incredible celebration of all things local. Made with Blackwater Gin, the winning creation is mixed with house made honey [...]