31 08, 2016

Senator Billy Lawless to open Irish Global Pubs Gathering 2016

"You can never be a prophet in your own land." If ever a statement rang true for the owners and managers of Irish pubs beyond the confines of our emerald isle, then that is it.  For Billy Lawless, it could not be more fitting and his recent appointment to the Irish Senate reaffirms his stellar work lobbying for immigration reform and in Chicago’s hospitality sector. As Illinois Senator Dick Durbin famously stated “the Lawless family is restaurant royalty in Chicago. The family start with 10 employees, now they have 300." Notably, before relocating to Chicago in the nineties at the tender age of 48; Lawless had been a prominent publican and hotelier in Galway. During this time he was President of the VFI from 1982-84.  His key action points were: - Reinforcing the importance of the pub for tourism.  - [...]

2 06, 2016

Supplier Spotlight: Boxed Bars

Lignum Interiors are a globally regarded provider of bespoke joinery, specialising in the design, manufacture and installation of high quality custom joinery and bespoke woodworking for both commercial and residential interiors with a particular specialism in pubs and restaurants. Based in County Down, this team of time-served industry professionals and skilled local craftsmen are led by Downpatrick native Ciaran McMenamin. They are passionate about their work and have a genuine commitment to understanding the design, materials and processes behind each project they undertake. They are an internationally focused company with experience in exporting around the world and have an impressive export sales record in their short history. They have worked on pub and restaurant fit-outs and refurbishments destined for the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Republic of Ireland, France and Switzerland and earlier this year completed their first project in [...]

12 03, 2015

Winners of the Dubliner Whiskey Cocktail Challenge at the Gathering 2015

‘West Dubliner’, ‘Arre…Bless’ and ‘Morning Joyce’ emerged the three winners of the best original cocktail recipes based on Dubliner liqueur whiskey at the recent Irish Pubs Global Gathering event at the National Convention Centre. The three cocktail creations were deamed up by Michael Woods of St Judes GAA Club in Dublin, James Halligan of the Forty-One cocktail bar and nightclub in Navan and Oisin Kelly of Toners Bar in Lower Baggot Street respectively. A special feature of this year’s IPG Gathering Event the cocktail challenge was sponsored by Dubliner liqueur whiskey. The initiative, between the DIT Bar and Beverage Management Studies, Irish Pubs Global and Dalcassian Spirits and Wines, brought together DIT students in a unique cocktail challenge for all the delegates from over 22 countries. The IPG Cocktail Challenge winning recipes created by the DIT students were as follows: [...]

16 02, 2015

Bar-avan ‘The Shebeen’ is heading to America

The caravan turned Bar, The Shebeen is heading abroad with a request for the traditional Irish Pub on wheels to be shipped to Boston. It will be almost identical to the original Shebeen but with an added touch of having a thatched roof, capturing the feeling of Irish tradition. John Walsh, alongside his staff of Clinical Cabinets set about redesigning an old caravan into The Shebeen, a traditional Irish pub on wheels. The project began to gain a lot of attention and interest from customers visiting the Clinical Cabinet’s site. John began by renting out The Shebeen for hire but is now branching into the sales market. Having one Shebeen on wheels already about to be delivered to Boston, John aims to target other US states, Europe and the UK. The interior of The Shebeen is perfectly designed to emulate [...]

7 05, 2014

German Pub Owners Meet

In Limburg, over 50 Irish Pub Owners and Managers from Germany, representing 190 pubs, had an historic meeting on the 5th and 6th of May. Future plans were made to meet in Ireland for a 'Second Gathering' and a German representative was appointed as a Trustee and World Council member of the Irish Pubs Global Federation. In total there are estimated to be over 800 Irish themed pubs in Germany, spread through a population of 90 million with various ‘degrees of Irishness’.  Together their combined turnover is estimated at €1bn.  In a town with one lone Irishman, Paddy Byrne, owner of 'The Irish Pub’, it was his Christmas, and he suggested it was the largest Irish gathering in Limburg since the First World War!  Back then, over 2,000 Irishmen were held captive there in a prisoner-of-war camp. Jim Murdock of [...]

11 10, 2013

Irish publicans back home for weekend Gathering event

Some 4,100 Irish pubs are affiliated to a global network which is growing all the time   While the Irish at home have been beating themselves up at home over Arthur’s Day, Ireland’s drinking culture has never been so popular abroad. The Irish pub has been a gathering place for generations of emigrants; now they are going to have a Gathering of their own this weekend. Some 150 publicans, representing 600 Irish pubs worldwide, will attend the Irish Pubs Global Gathering Event in the Burlington Hotel from Sunday evening. Irish Pubs Global was set up three years ago to try and provide a database and a sense of common purpose for all the Irish pubs around the world. It compromises of “proper bona-fide Irish pubs, the serious ones” according to its founder Enda O’Coineen who just set up a Irish bar in Haiti. [...]

13 06, 2013

New Chicago Chapter Organised for Dublin Gathering

A new Chicago  Irish Pubs Global Chapter has been formed following a historic informal at the Emeral Loop Bar hosted by Kevin Vaughan. It was attended by Aidan Cronin, Consul General for Ireland and Tom Hayes of Enterprise Ireland, together with Enda O'Coineen Indeed to seal the occasion, Michael Carey Chairman of Bord Bia and Oliver Hughes of the Porterhouse would have been there -  however due to a thunderstorm that lashed Chicago their plane was diverted to Milwalkee ! Going forward, Kevin Vaughan has kindly agreed to act as Hon. President for the founding stages. He will be  supported by new Vice Presidents Vincent Tuohy and Kieran Ahern to make a three person steering group. Kevin represents Vaughan Hospitality,  they operate several successful pubs in the Chicago area, while Vincent runs two pubs, The Irish Legend and Kieran runs the Fado [...]

20 02, 2013

Irish Pub Workshop in Washington DC.

With the 60+ attendees present, and a few post-SuperBowl casualties, the second annual Irish Pub Workshop in DC was a success. With the 60+ attendees present, and a few post-SuperBowl casualties, the second annual Irish Pub Workshop in DC was a success. We were pleased with the opportunity to work in conjunction with Brendan Barry from Irish Business Solutions to deliver the event. Building on the maiden event held at the Phoenix Park Hotel, in downtown, Washington DC, the workshop focused on several areas, notably: rising food cost, revising the layout of the pub and the experience for patrons. First Secretary for Food and Agriculture, Dr. John Dardis, from the Irish Embassy was the keynote speaker; presenting on the Origin Green concept for Irish food and stating that a gathering of this type for Irish Pub Owners/Operators was "Long Overdue". [...]

5 03, 2012

Irish Pubs Global in Auckland – Save the Date!

A chairde, We, Irish Pubs Global, the worldwide network for Irish pub owners and managers are heading to Auckland, New Zealand. Our ambition in New Zealand this March is to host a gathering of pub owners, managers and leading industry professionals; in what is our maiden event on New Zealand soil. We are proud to announce that Honorary Consul General, Rodney Walshe will be in attendance to endorse our event. Arriving mid-March, we look forward to meeting the Irish pub operators in New Zealand and to witness first hand, the St.Patrick's Day celebrations in Auckland as the City of the Sails goes green during the in-port race of the Volvo Ocean Race stopover. Irish pubs in New Zealand are recognized as a pillar of the Irish community and are credited with consistently being the best venues throughout both islands for [...]