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2 09, 2015

Alltech announces major expansion with purchase of two European craft breweries

In a major expansion of its international alcohol division, Alltech, the animal nutrition multinational and producer of award-winning beers and spirits including Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale® and Town Branch® Bourbon, has acquired a craft brewery in Northern Ireland and also one in mainland United Kingdom. ­Dr. Pearse Lyons, the Dundalk-born entrepreneur and founder of Alltech, purchased the breweries from the family of the late Northern Irish businessman Lord Ballyedmond. Alltech’s acquisition of The Station Works Brewery in Newry Co. Down and Cumberland Breweries Ltd. in Great Corby, Cumbria, England represents the first major expansion outside the United States for its brewing division. Already one of the fastest growing craft brewers in the United States, these purchases represent a significant investment by Lyons in the future of the rapidly expanding craft brewing sector in Europe. Alltech’s core animal nutrition business has [...]

21 08, 2015

Photo Friday: Harrison’s Restaurant & Bar, Sligo

Here is a selection of our #PhotoFriday pics of Harrison's Restaurant & Bar, located on the stunning Wild Atlantic Way, just North of Sligo Town, overlooking Mullaghmore. Harrison's won 'Best Customer Service' Connaught in the Irish Restaurant Awards 2015 and are currently nominated for five categories in the Sky Bar of The Year Awards. Owner Declan Harrison is the fourth generation of the family to own the bar and restaurant, which specialises in Irish Craft Beer, Irish Whiskey and local food produce..   www.harrisonscliffoney.com

21 08, 2015

Newly released trailer for upcoming documentary ‘Older Than Ireland’

Here is the newly released trailer for upcoming documentary 'Older Than Ireland', which features thirty men and women aged 100 years and over, exploring 100 years of life in Ireland. The film will be released in cinemas on September 25th. See more at: www.olderthanireland.com

18 08, 2015

The Perfect Web Address for Irish Pubs, Hotels & Restaurants

Irish pubs, hotels and restaurants all over the world can now have a truly meaningful web address following the global launch of the new Dot Irish top-level domain (TLD). A top-level domain is the part of a web or e-mail address that comes after the dot such as .com or .net, for example. The launch of Dot Irish now makes it possible to use the word ‘Irish’ after the dot to give much more meaning to a web or e-mail address. For Irish organisations and people everywhere, this is a really significant development and a great opportunity to secure a really meaningful domain name that can be easily recognised and understood throughout the world. Whether it’s for business, lifestyle or leisure, a Dot Irish domain name is the perfect digital identity for any organisation or person who is part of [...]

7 08, 2015

Teeling Whiskey Triumphs with 9 Gold Medals at International Spirits Competitions

The Teeling Whiskey Company (TWC) continues to build on its international reputation as the leading Independent Irish whiskey company by winning 9 gold medals in International Spirits Competitions in 2015. This brings to 65 the number of awards won by TWC in the past two years. Of the awards received, the International Wine & Spirit’s competition is recognised as the world’s most prestigious. The competition is one of a kind as it conducts full 'double' blind tasting (glasses are pre-poured in a separate room) by panels selected from over 300 fully qualified industry judges, followed by an extensive chemical analysis of the product. The award wins for TWC at the IWSC were as follows; Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey:    Gold medal Teeling Vintage Reserve Single Malt 21 Year Old:    Gold medal Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey:     Silver “Outstanding” Medal [...]

28 07, 2015

Spotlight on Ireland at Toronto’s Festival of Beer

The Irish pavilion at Toronto’s Festival of Beer was sponsored by Tourism Ireland for the first time this year and featured some of Ireland’s top brewers, finest chefs and emerging musicians. The annual festival, which took place over the weekend, celebrates Canada’s rich brewing history and showcases experts of the brewing craft from around the world. At the Irish pavilion, there was Irish music and entertainment, as well as culinary treats from the Irish chefs and Irish brewers – giving Canadian attendees a real taste of Ireland. There was also a fun photo-booth, where festival-goers could place themselves in iconic spots around the island of Ireland and ‘jump into Ireland’ – to be in with a chance to win a holiday here. With more than 35,000 people attending the three-day festival, it was an ideal platform to showcase the island [...]

10 07, 2015

Irish Importers to add some of Germany’s best beers, wines and spirits to their portfolio

Alcoholic Drinks Trade Mission from Germany hosted by German-Irish Chamber of Commerce from 9th to 12th June Some of the best and highest quality beers, wines and spirits that Germany has to offer were on show at the German-Irish Chamber’s Tasting Event at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday 9th June. Four German breweries, a distillery, a cider producer, a winemaker and a wine curator, many of whom have national and international accolades, were in Ireland last week on a trade mission to present their drinks which are not yet for sale in Ireland. The trade mission was kicked off with this atmospheric tasting on Tuesday. Over 70 visitors – the majority from the trade, including importers, retailers, restaurants and sommeliers – were in attendance at the tasting with many very impressed with the high quality of the German [...]

10 07, 2015

Teeling Whiskey Distillery officially opens its doors

The Teeling Whiskey Company (TWC) today officially opened its brand new distillery and visitor centre in The Liberties, Dublin. The €10 million distillery is the first in Dublin in over 125 years and the only fully operational distillery in the city at present.   As well as fully functioning distillery, there is a state-of-the-art visitor centre which will host whiskey tasting tours, a café, a bar, a private event space for hire and a gift shop. The visitor centre will officially start taking paying visitors from Saturday, 13th June and will be open from 9.30am - 5.30pm 7 days a week.   Founded by Jack Teeling in 2012, TWC was set up to revive his family-old trademark of Irish whiskey and bring distilling back to Dublin, where Walter Teeling had a distillery on Marrowbone Lane in the 18th century. The [...]

10 07, 2015

Gathering 2015

Peter Nash, Tourism Ireland “Our research still shows that visiting an Irish pub is one of the most appealing experiences for visitors to Ireland. The Irish Pubs Global Network gives us a real opportunity to use the 3,000 authentic Irish pubs overseas to showcase our culture, food and drink to attract additional visitors to the island of Ireland". “The 2015 Gathering is helping to support job creation in Ireland, through ever shrinking borders, building greater links between Irish pub owners worldwide with publicans in Ireland, and by so doing is helping Ireland’s hospitality sector to achieve desirable growth into the future”, said Founder and President of Irish Pubs Global Federation, Enda O’Coineen. The Irish Pubs Global Gathering 2015 took place on Friday 27th & 28th February in the Convention Centre Dublin providing an opportunity for overseas investors to network with [...]

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: [...]