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15 09, 2017

Paddy Barry’s Irish Restaurant and Pub celebrates three year anniversary

Situated in Tysons Corner, Virginia, Brendan Barry and his wife Susan opened Paddy Barry’s on 16th September 2014. Brendan met Susan in an Irish pub in his hometown of Waterford as she was touring Ireland in August 2008, so they have a strong affinity to Irish Pubs and everything Irish. The pair later married in November 2009 and settled in Arlington, Virginia. Brendan very much appreciates his Irish roots and Susan has embraced the Irish culture and humour to the extent that when the opportunity arose to buy an Irish Pub & Restaurant in August 2014, she was very much the driving force. Pictured: Declan, Brendan, Susan and Darryl Barry Brendan and Susan wanted the name for their pub to be original and meaningful to them and to portray the sense of an authentic Irish Pub. They decided to name the [...]

12 09, 2017

The National Food and Drink Conference and Exhibition takes place tomorrow in Citywest

The National Food and Drink Conference and Exhibition, the largest gathering of food industry professionals in Ireland, takes place on the 13th September in the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin. The annual event will welcome 3,000 food industry professionals, 200 speakers and 170 exhibitors to discuss the key issues facing the industry. There will be 22 conferences taking place within the event including Brexit Food Summit, Tourism and Hospitality Summit, Forecourt and Convenience Retail Expo, the Craft Beer and Spirits Expo and more.   Top speakers this year include: Vincent Carton, CEO, Manor Farm Joe Barrett, Co-Founder, Applegreen Alison Cowzer, Investor, Dragons Den Mella Frewen, Director General, FoodDrinkEurope Simon McKeever, CEO, Irish Exporters Association Brian Lee, Co-Founder of Chopped The food and drink industry is worth €10bn to the Irish economy and exports produce to over 120 countries. The UK remains the [...]

7 09, 2017

Kilkenny’s Brian Cody on the menu at Irish Pubs Global Gala Awards Dinner

Kilkenny’s longest standing and most successful hurling manager, Brian Cody, is set to address the Irish Pubs Global Awards on 10th October, in The Round Room at the Mansion House, Dublin. Brian’s professional career as a primary school teacher and principal, combined with his outstanding record on the pitch and on the sideline make him one of Ireland’s most fascinating people management and development practitioners. After dinner he will offer valuable insights into developing teams, leadership, and developing communities around the GAA. Speaking about the Awards, Brian said “The heart of many Irish communities abroad is often focused on the GAA and the unofficial clubhouse, the local Irish pub. I look forward to sharing some of my thoughts on the role of the Irish pub across the world and how they are often intertwined with the local GAA and hearing the [...]

5 09, 2017

Irish Spirits Association hosts inaugural meeting of Ireland’s gin producers

The Irish Spirits Association recently hosted the inaugural meeting of Ireland’s gin producers. Recent figures suggest that gin has grown by 31.6% year-on-year in on-trade value to reach €74 million. Mirroring this, preliminary figures from the CSO suggest that 2017 may see a significant and unprecedented increase in exports of gin from Ireland. This new group will provide a strong voice for one of Ireland’s fastest growing sectors. The inaugural meeting provided a forum to scope out key issues affecting the sector. The group agreed that their number one priority was to support the creation of a legally-recognised standard for Irish Gin. Pat Rigney, Managing Director of The Shed Distillery has been elected chair of the new group. The Department of Agriculture and Food was also represented at the meeting, where regulatory issues affecting producers was discussed. Speaking about the meeting, [...]

31 08, 2017

Urban Brewing opens at the CHQ Building in Dublin

Urban Brewing, a new venture from Carlow Brewing Company, has officially opened at the CHQ Building in Dublin. Dublin’s newest craft brewery, bar and restaurant has made its home in 1,000 square metres of a restored 19th century bonded warehouse (previously known as Stack A) where precious cargo like wine, tobacco, tea and spirits were once stored in the city’s docklands. Seamus O’Hara, CEO of Carlow Brewing Company, explained why Urban Brewing is a logical next step for the business, “The brewery celebrated a landmark 21st birthday this year, and similar to any young adult making their way in the big city, we are excited, enthusiastic, and admittedly a little nervous about our new home from home in Dublin! Urban Brewing has been a dream of the brewery team for a long time, but we needed to wait for the [...]

30 08, 2017

West Cork Named As Ireland’s Premier Foodie Destination

The Restaurants Association of Ireland is delighted to declare West Cork as the winners of Foodie Destinations 2017. The winner was announced at an event held in the Headfort Arms Hotel in the home of last year’s winners Boyne Valley on 29th August. After a rigorous few weeks of applications, regional judging visits and over 10,000 online votes, West Cork was declared the winner after beating out some of the best finalists the competition has seen to date. From events and programmes like the annual Taste of West Cork Food Festival and Cork Character Cafes, to the pride and passion that West Cork food producers and retailers have about their locally made products, they have set the benchmark for food tourism in Ireland. The top five finalists in this year’s Foodie Destinations competition are as follows; West Cork Boyne Valley [...]

30 08, 2017

Introducing our fantastic two-day event lineup in Dublin for October 2017

Irish Whiskey Museum tour and tasting This is an exciting must-see attraction for anyone in the drinks or Irish hospitality business. Learn the origins of Irish whiskey, its rise to glory and its dramatic fall and discover its global revival through some of the new Irish whiskey brands. Enjoy the entertaining and knowledgeable guides who will bring you through the ages of Irish whiskey. A fully guided tour will be followed by a tutored tasting of 4 Irish whiskeys before you blend your own miniature (30ml) personalised bottle of whiskey to take home where you can pass on your knowledge to staff and customers. More info  Dalcassian Wines and Spirits Mixology Masterclass Located in one of Dublin’s premium, modern cocktail bars, this exclusive masterclass will give attendees an opportunity to learn about some of the new Irish drinks brands which are blazing a trail throughout [...]

24 08, 2017

5 tips to help increase sales in your Irish pub

5 helpful ideas that may help you increase sales from Brandx.ie, the Irish hospitality marketing experts specialising in all areas of Digital, Creative and Branding for Irish Pubs and Bars. Focus on Your Audience Hospitality is a service industry, but owners and managers often mistakenly target people who are out of their markets. Irish bars survive on returning customers, so your promotions must appeal to your core customers and newcomers who appreciate the kind of operation you’re running. Your neighbourhood bar probably won’t appeal to multimillionaire entrepreneurs unless they’re local eccentrics. By the same token, local factory workers aren’t likely to respond to upscale promotions that feature drinks made from pricey, top-shelf liquors and exotic ingredients. Irish bars need to be seen to promote Irish drinks, even if the order at the bar is more conventional. If you’re targeting corporate [...]

17 08, 2017

Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James set to open in September

Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James, Dublin’s new boutique Irish Whiskey experience located in the heart of The Liberties, is now open to the public. Acquired in 2013 by Pearse and Deirdre Lyons, the property had many previous incarnations, including a lighting shop. Pearse, Dublin born, has strong family connections to The Liberties and St. James Church, which compelled the Lyons family to purchase the site and transform it into Dublin’s newest visitor attraction. “Pearse’s family lived, worked and did everything in the area,” said Deirdre, director of corporate image and design at Pearse Lyons Distillery. “Five generations on his mother’s side, the Dunnes, traded as coopers — it was in the DNA, if you like.” In 1948, his grandfather, John Hubert Lyons, was one of the last people buried in the graveyard at St. James. Pearse holds a Ph.D. [...]

4 08, 2017

The Irish Brewers Association 2016 annual Beer Market Report for Ireland

To mark International Beer Day, 4th August, the Irish Brewers Association (IBA) has released its 2016 annual Beer Market Report for Ireland. The report shows Irish beer exports were valued at over €280 million, up 23% in two years with 40% of beer produced in Ireland being exported.   Beer remains Ireland’s most popular alcoholic drink, with a 46.2% market share, a trend that has remained steady for the past six years. The report looks at consumption across the various types of beer – lager, stout and ale. It shows that in 2016 a higher percentage of consumers were drinking lager than in 2015 (up from 60.4% to 60.9%). The craft beer sector revolution is continuing with an estimated 3.4% of total beer market share in 2016, up from 2.5% in 2015. Overall beer production declined marginally by just under 1%. In addition, [...]