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18 10, 2018

Introducing three new Irish whiskeys from Powerscourt Distillery

Fercullen Irish Whiskey The new Powerscourt Distillery in Co Wicklow has proudly unveiled its three new Irish whiskeys under the brand name Fercullen; Fercullen 14-Year Old Single Malt, Fercullen 10-Year-Old Single Grain and Fercullen Premium Blend Irish. With the release overseen by award winning Irish whiskey legend, Master Distiller Noel Sweeney, the three opening expressions form part of a planned portfolio of premium Irish whiskeys to be launched by the Powerscourt Distillery. With over 30 years experience in the whiskey industry and having formerly distilled the spirit that will is used by Fercullen, Noel is now also responsible for the new spirit being produced and laid down by the distillery – a unique attribute on today’s Irish whiskey landscape. “The decisions that I make impart huge influence over the spirit produced,” said Noel Sweeney. “So many choices and decisions affect [...]

25 09, 2018

Longford’s new distillery launches gin to the Irish market

County Longford’s first distillery, Lough Ree Distillery in Lanesborough, has launched Ireland’s newest gin, Sling Shot, to the Irish market. The gin is the first in a line of Lough Ree Distillery spirits that will include whiskey, vodka, liqueurs, poitín, and fruit spirits. The investment in the new Longford distillery will be in excess of €5 million. Situated on the banks of Lough Ree at Lanesborough’s historic crossing point on the River Shannon, the new distillery is set to increase local and international tourism to the area, resulting in upwards of 25,000 visitors by 2023. It is anticipated that growth in production and visitors will create in excess of 20 new jobs over the next three years. Sling Shot gin is inspired by a mix of historical and modern elements of Lough Ree, which comes through in the brand name [...]

24 09, 2018

Pub Aesthetics: The Key to Increased Profits

Think of your pub. How does it look? Does it have a theme? How do you want it to make your customers feel when they first go inside? No doubt you want them to feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed enough to stay for many hours of consumption and spending. Nowadays, people don’t just want a product or service, they want to feel good in an aesthetically appealing environment; they want to feel connected. Style can no longer be an afterthought because it’s become a critical source of product identity and economic value for businesses. However, aesthetics is more than what your pub looks like, it’s about the overall experience your customers and potential customers have at all touch points, whether it be your website or interactions with your staff. People want interesting, enjoyable and meaningful sensory experiences in order to [...]

14 09, 2018

Guinness launches new ‘Switch to Pub Mode’ campaign

This September, Guinness, together with the publicans of Ireland, is celebrating the magic of quality catch ups with friends in the pub with a new initiative called ‘Switch to Pub Mode’. Guinness carried out a study to coincide with the launch, which looked into the impact of phone usage on a night out with friends. The research found that, despite the reliance on our phones and the extent to which we value them, when we meet up with friends and put our phones down, we have a better night out. 94% stated that they enjoyed a night out as much or more without their phone in stark contrast to just 6% of people enjoying a night more with their phone in use. The study was conducted by Behaviour & Attitudes and explored the quality of a night out with friends [...]

10 09, 2018

Global Irish Festival Series launched in New York

The new Global Irish Festival Series was recently launched in New York, at an event organised by Tourism Ireland in partnership with the Consulate General of Ireland. Singer Lisa Hannigan took to the stage to launch events that will take place in the US and Ireland with the aim of encouraging our diaspora to return home to visit Ireland. Around 34 million Americans claim Irish heritage and the new initiative is designed to encourage people with Irish roots, and those who simply enjoy Irish culture, to come home to Ireland and celebrate what it means to be Irish. The Global Irish Festival Series is a joint initiative between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Fáilte Ireland. It will be piloted this October in Limerick and Donegal with events including the Richard Harris International Film festival and I.NY, which [...]

7 09, 2018

Irish Distillers to pilot new Jameson Cold Brew

Jameson Irish Whiskey is set to pilot a new and innovative take on the classic combination of Irish whiskey and coffee; Jameson Cold Brew. Jameson Cold Brew will be trialled in limited quantities from September 2018 in response to the growing global appetite for Irish whiskey, quality coffee and coffee-driven cocktails such as the espresso martini. Jameson Cold Brew is a combination of triple-distilled Jameson Irish Whiskey and refreshing cold brew coffee extract, crafted from the finest, 100% Fairtrade arabica beans from Columbia and Brazil. The result is a smooth, new Irish whiskey experience, with a bold coffee taste balanced with charred wood on the palate and a warming mouthfeel on the finish. The new Jameson Cold Brew is best served over ice or in a coffee cocktail, such as the Jameson Cold Brew martini or the Jameson Cold-Fashioned. The [...]

29 08, 2018

TV & Radio Star Hector Ó hEochagáin to MC 2018 Irish Pubs Global Awards

With the 2018 Irish Pubs Global Gathering just over a month away, we are delighted to announce that TV and radio star Hector Ó hEochagáin will be joining us as MC for the Irish Pubs Global Awards night on the 9th of October in The Galmont Hotel, Galway. Hector has been entertaining the country since the early 2000s both on TV and radio, and has won multiple IFTA awards throughout the years. His television shows from the Horse Racing hit “Only Fools Buy Horses” and “Hanging with Hector“ to the series where he immersed himself in sub cultures all over the country “Hector Goes” and more recently “Hector Central” which saw him travelling through Central America. Hector’s infectious energy, humour and professionalism is sure to keep us entertained on what will no doubt be the industry event of the year [...]

28 08, 2018

Pub Spotlight – The Kings Head, Galway

The Kings Head is a landmark pub in an 800-year-old medieval building located in the heart of Galway City's Latin Quarter area. Owned and managed by Mary and Paul Grealish and their family since 1989, the venue has successfully achieved popular appeal among a diverse and informed customer base. Whether you are serious about finding excellent, locally produced food, or seeing the biggest names on the live comedy circuit, or enjoying a lively night out with a first-class drinks list and top live music acts and DJs, The Kings Head ticks all of these boxes and more. The pub has expanded down through the years and now employs 70 staff, with a capacity for 750 customers across three floors. In 2003, the family added the adjoining Malt House Restaurant, as it was formerly known, which they subsequently integrated as The Kings [...]

24 08, 2018

The Irish Brewers Association release annual Beer Market Report

Irish craft beer sector continues to grow with 100 microbreweries now in Ireland. Ireland’s beer industry makes a significant contribution to the economy, employing 1,064 people and contributing €424 million to the exchequer in 2017, according to the Irish Brewers Association’s annual “Irish Beer Market Report 2017”. The report revealed that beer exports, by volume, rose marginally by 0.2% and were valued at €273 million in 2017, making Ireland the 8th largest beer exporter in Europe. The most popular destination for Ireland’s beer exports is the United Kingdom, followed by the United States. France, Canada and Germany are also popular destinations for Irish beer. The report also found that the craft beer revolution continues to take hold in Ireland, with 100 microbreweries now operating around the country. Production in the craft beer sector has grown from 86,000 hectolitres in 2013 [...]

20 08, 2018

Iconic Dublin Bar Café en Seine To Reopen in November

One of Dublin’s most iconic venues, Café en Seine, is to re-open its doors in November. Established in 1993, the Dawson’s Street bar quickly became known as one of Ireland’s leading destination venues. Set to continue this legacy, the newly designed space will feature several dining experiences along with a host of bars and bespoke event areas. Renowned for its five-star service, Café en Seine will offer an extensive food menu to cater for a range of tastes and occasions. The new menu will feature 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. Café en Seine boasts one of the largest bar spaces in Ireland. The newly redesigned venue will [...]