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14 12, 2018

A look back at our most successful year yet

A look back at 2018, our most successful year to date, with a marked increase in membership and engagement with Irish pubs and hospitality outlets around the world, as well as our recent rebrand and four successful events held in Auckland, London, Galway and Virginia. Auckland, New Zealand (Jan 2018) Reg Henessey and Brian Collins, Auckland The beginnning of the new year saw an historic gathering of owners and managers of Irish pubs in New Zealand, in Auckland on Monday 15th January, where a new chapter of the Irish Pubs Global Federation was formed. Delegates of Irish pubs from all over New Zealand attended the event, which saw Reg Henessey, of Hennessy's Irish Bar Rotorua, elected as the founding Chairman of the Irish Pubs Global New Zealand Chapter, and Brian Collins, of Pog Mahone's in Queenstown, elected as President.  [...]

11 12, 2018

Christmas Cocktails

We recently went along to the Christmas Cocktail Party in Dublin to boost our cocktail skills, hosted by Oisin Davis of Great Irish Beverages. The event was held at the Dublin Bar Academy and featured tastings of four festive cocktails made with Irish brands, followed by a demo on how to make each one. Check out the recipes below: HOT BUTTERED JAMESON Ingredients: (serves 1) 35 ml of Jameson 1 heaped teaspoon of spiced butter mix (recipe below) 120 ml of boiling water  Method: Heat a mug or hot whiskey glass with hot water, then discard the water. Pour 35 ml of Jameson into the mug or glass. Drop a heaped teaspoon of spiced butter mix into glass and stir while topping up with 120 ml of hot water. Let it sit for at least 10 seconds before serving to allow the butter [...]

10 12, 2018

Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair returns to Dublin in March

The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair will return to the Convention Centre Dublin from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th of March 2019 and tickets are on sale now. Showcasing the finest purveyors of craft beers, ciders, whiskeys and gins, there will be tipples to suit all palates. This year, the fair coincides with St. Patrick’s weekend, with live music and entertainment, delicious food offerings, and the Six Nations Rugby, which will be shown live on three of the largest screens in Dublin. Visitors will have the opportunity to sample over 300 craft brews during the three day event. Opening hours: Thursday, 14th March: 5pm – 11pm Friday, 15th March: 5pm – 11pm Saturday, 16th March: 12.30pm – 11pm The complete line-up of music and exhibitors at the fair will be announced in the New Year. For more information, see www.alltechbrews.ie.

6 12, 2018

Festive favourites with a Clonakilty Twist

Looking for some festive menu inspiration? Try these traditional favourites with a Clonakilty twist. Clonakilty sausage and pudding rolls These homemade Clonakilty Sausage rolls are a divine combination of Clonakilty Blackpudding, Whitepudding and Ispíní Sausages all wrapped in a light puff pastry. These juicy treats are not only delicious, but they are also incredibly handy. Although they taste best when freshly baked, they can be frozen and defrosted making your life a lot easier when preparing for events in advance.  (Recipe makes 6) Ingredients: 200g ready-made Jus-Rol puff pastry 50g Clonakilty Blackpudding 50g Clonakilty Whitepudding 4 Clonakilty Ispíní Sausages Pinch of dried thyme Tsp sesame seeds Egg white for brushing Method: Remove the skin from the sausages and place in a bowl. Crumble both the black and white pudding into the bowl and sprinkle on a pinch of thyme. Mash the mix up with a [...]

4 12, 2018

Jameson Distillery Bow St. has been named World’s Leading Distillery Tour

Irish Distillers has announced that Jameson Distillery Bow St. has been named the World’s Leading Distillery Tour at the World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony in Lisbon on December 1st. The finalists included Macallan, Hennessy, Jack Daniels and Jose Cuervo. This win follows the announcement of Jameson Distillery Bow Street as 'Europe's Leading Distillery Tour 2018' at the European Travel Awards in July.  Commenting on the win, Greg Hughes, Managing Director Jameson Brand Homes and Education at Irish Distillers said “We are extremely humbled and honoured to be awarded this very special accolade. We embarked upon an ambitious renovation project in late 2016 and since we reopened the doors to Bow St. in March of 2017, the new-look Jameson Distillery experience has fast become the must-visit whiskey destination in the world. We are proud that an experience in the heart of Smithfield that champions [...]

4 12, 2018

End of an era for Lillie’s Bordello

The end of an era is approaching as Dublin’s most glamorous nightclub, Lillie’s Bordello, is set to close in January. Since opening its doors in the early 90s, Lillie’s established itself as the late-night playground of celebrities from here and across the pond. Over the years, the dance floor has been graced by stars such as Rihanna, Julia Roberts, David Hasselhoff, Mick Jagger and Enrique Iglesias, along with home-grown celebrities like Niall Horan, The Cranberries, Laura Whitmore and Cillian Murphy, with Bono even celebrating his 46th birthday at Lillie’s. Lillie’s Bordello is part of the Porterhouse Group which own venues in Dublin, London and New York.  Renowned for their innovation, the group was one of the first in the country to create their own craft beers and spirits. The Porterhouse Brewing Company has grown massively since it opened as a single Brewpub [...]

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 [...]