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21 02, 2018

Irish Pub in the Fleetenkieker Featured in Food for Thought

Irish Pub in the Fleetenkieker, which picked up the Best Sports Experience - Europe award at the 2017 Irish Pubs Global Awards in Dublin, Ireland, has been featured in Food for Thought - FFT.ie. In the article, owner Audrey Leeves talks about what it means to win the award, and the emphasis they put on sports, live music, food, and imported Irish goods like Keogh's Crisps and Ballymaloe Relish.  Of course, Audrey talks about the craic her staff have and how much their patrons enjoy the unique atmosphere! The article, which will be featured in the upcoming March edition of Food for Thought, is available to read free online at www.fft.ie/the-full-irish-experience-in-this-hamburg-bar/21311

19 02, 2018

Ariel Sanecki of Adare Manor Hotel named National Cocktail Champion 2018

The annual National Cocktail Championships & Bartender Awards took place on Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th February at Food & Bev Live in Citywest, Dublin. Organised by the Bartenders Association of Ireland and sponsored by Edward Dillon & Co. Ltd, the event saw forty-two bartenders compete over the two days. Winner of the top award of National Cocktail Champion 2018 was Mr. Ariel Sanecki of Adare Manor Hotel, with his cocktail ‘Japanese Garden’. The cocktail consisted of 40ml Star of Bombay Gin, 20ml Sake, 20ml Matcha Green Tea Syrup, 10ml Yuzu Puree, 20ml Fresh Lime Juice and 50ml Rice Milk all shaken together and decoratively presented to the judges. Ariel will now go on to represent Ireland at the World Cocktail Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, 1st - 6th October 2018. He also previously represented Ireland at the World Cocktail Championships [...]

13 02, 2018

McGettigan’s announce Kodaline as headline act for St. Patrick’s Day

McGettigan’s Irish bars are hosting their second annual Paddy’s Day festival on Friday March 16th in Dubai, with Kodaline booked to be the headline act. Made up of Steve Garrigan, Mark Prendergrast, Jason Boland and Vincent May, Kodaline are one of Ireland’s biggest bands and one of the hottest emerging talents internationally. Speaking about the announcement, Dennis McGettigan, CEO of McGettigan’s Irish bars said “Kodaline are one of Ireland’s biggest bands right now and they are already impressing international markets. Their collaboration with Kygo has over 47 million hits on YouTube and their gig at Marlay Park in Dublin in 2016 was a sold-out show with over 40,000 fans in attendance. We are delighted to be bringing the band to Dubai for their debut. We know it will be a fantastic show Irish expats and fans won’t want to miss!” Also [...]

6 02, 2018

Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair returns to Dublin this March

Ireland’s largest gathering of craft brewers and distillers returns to the Convention Centre Dublin from Thursday March 8th to Saturday March 10th 2018. This year’s Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair will host over 50 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations and trends. Now in its sixth year, the annual event has become the ‘go-to’ for anyone with an interest in tasting, experimenting and meeting with the finest brewers from Ireland and abroad. Conor Farrell of Alltech commented “We are really proud of how our Fair has evolved and grown over the last 5 years and it has been fantastic to witness the craft sector flourish in this time. Being an annual event, it provides a great benchmark to track key trends in the sector and of course to taste the latest innovations! In a positive outlook for the future almost [...]

5 02, 2018

Jameson reveals annual St. Patrick’s Day Bottle for 2018

Jameson Irish whiskey has kicked off St. Patrick’s Day for 2018 with its seventh annual limited-edition bottle design. For this year’s design, Jameson has collaborated with a group of artists, representing the bravery, unity and opportunities that are possible when friends come together. The design process was led by Irish illustrator Claudine O’Sullivan, who recruitied two of her close friends from different creative fields to form a collective to curate the label. Irish photographer Leonn Ward and British designer, Alex Mellon, joined O’Sullivan, resulting in a design that celebrates the openness and spirit of friendship that Ireland is renowned for. The bottle is inspired by the Fianna; mythological Irish warriors known for valuing loyalty and bravery – the foundation of every strong friendship. Claudine’s soaring eagle, drawn by hand, is to represent the unity felt by the silhouette of three [...]

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 [...]