News Blog2021-02-25T17:07:55+00:00


Fáilte Ireland announces 2021 priorities to support the survival and recovery of the tourism sector On the 1st of February, Fáilte Ireland shared its plans to support the survival and recovery of the tourism sector at a special virtual event entitled ‘Survive to Thrive’ which was watched by over five thousand members of the tourism industry. Paul Kelly, CEO talks to us about the National [...]

IN CONVERSATION WITH…Jumoke Akintola, chef and co-owner of Beach House

The Waterford-based chef talks about trusting your gut and swapping Dublin for Tramore Where does your interest in food come from? Was it an important aspect of family life growing up? I was lucky to grow up in a household where we ate freshly cooked meals prepared with fresh ingredients on a daily basis. Although I was born and raised in London my family are [...]

Two New Hotels for Dublin North Inner City Planned

Two new hotels planned for Dublin’s north inner city have been granted planning permission by Dublin City Council. They include the first entry by Northern Ireland hotel and entertainment group, Beannchor, into the market in the Republic for a 98-bed hotel on the site of the former Boland’s bakery off Capel Street. This is the second attempt by Beannchor, which owns the five-star Merchant Hotel in [...]

Failte Ireland launches podcast

Fáilte Ireland launches podcast to help tourism businesses drive efficiency and maximise revenue    Series One of the Fáilte Ireland Inside Tourism Business Podcast looks Inside Food with insights and expert advice on how to innovate and run a more successful food operation      Fáilte Ireland’s Inside Tourism Business Podcast will offer expert advice, insights and practical tools to help tourism businesses navigate the challenges they are facing.     Running every Tuesday for seven weeks from 2nd March, Series One of the new podcast looks Inside Food, examining the consumer trends that will shape eating out when businesses can re-open, menu [...]


Bewley’s Celebrates 25 Years of Fairtrade as part of Fairtrade Fortnight 22nd February – 7th March Fairtrade product collection now available on Bewley’s online store    Bewley’s has been 100% Fairtrade since 2017  Bewley’s contributes to approximately half of all Fairtrade premiums in Ireland  ‘1 in 2’ Fairtrade coffees in Ireland is Bewley’s coffee Bewley’s, Ireland’s leading coffee and tea company, is celebrating 25 years of Fairtrade [...]

Paul Lane on the beauty and simplicity of mackerel

An ingredient that I really love to use at The River Club is mackerel. Mackerel, in my opinion, is one of the most under-rated fish ever. It’s is not only one of the only sustainable fish left in our waters but is a fish that is at its best when it's cooked very simply, in a pan with creamery butter, a squeeze of lemon juice and some [...]


 Kwanghi Chan of Bowls by Kwanghi on Marlborough Street and Chanchan  OST: €20 for 3 x 440 ml Dublin City Brewing cans (1 Liberator Lager, 1 Renegade Red Ale, 1 Patriot Pale Ale), a branded glass and a jar of Chanchan Black Garlic & Peanut Rayu. This includes delivery to anywhere in Dublin, courier fees apply to everywhere outside of Dublin. Tickets here:  In advance of their [...]

Irish Wedding Industry in Crisis

• INDUSTRY WORTH €2.3 BILLION • FEBRUARY MARKED AS A VITAL MONTH FOR THE INDUSTRY • SURVEY WITH OVER 500 BUSINESSES   A wedding supplier survey conducted over ten days at the end of January 2021, amongst 500 businesses active in the wedding industry in Ireland has shown an industry with a conservative value to the Irish economy of €2.3BILLION per annum in real crisis.   For [...]


Irish cocktail company, Craft Cocktails, are continuing to expand on their exciting cocktail offer delivered to the doors of people around Ireland. For Valentine’s Day, they have launched three special edition love message cocktail bundles to complement their range of delicious ready to serve bottled cocktails made by award winning bartenders. Lovers can also pen their own love letter on one of their cocktails with their popular [...]

Pinergy energy usage insights for 2020 highlights changing consumption patterns during pandemic

Family homes facing higher energy consumption with continued COVID restrictions in place for early part of 2021   Hospitality sector sees reduced energy demand of between 20% and 50% in 2020 Pinergy, the smart energy provider delivering clean electricity, has today shared summary data insights for how Irish homes and businesses used energy throughout 2020. The statistics from this past year show the effects that a country [...]

Valentine’s Afternoon Tea to Call & Collect from The Montenotte Hotel

️ Has this lockdown you yearning for dainty finger sandwiches, fluffy scones and mouth-watering desserts and treats? Fear not, this Valentines weekend, The Montenotte Hotel has a unique and exciting way for you to treat your loved one from the comfort of your own home. We all know that Valentine’s weekend is always a romantic weekend in Cork and at The Montenotte Hotel they want to continue [...]

Irish Honey Liqueur Wins Gold At Top Spirit 2021 Awards

Dublin, January 21, 2021: The Wild Geese Irish Honey Liqueur has taken the top prize in the Liqueur category at the 2021 Concours International Top Spirit Awards.  This prestigious competition is judged by an independent panel of over 60 leading spirit experts and the medal is the latest in a series of awards won by The Wild Geese Irish Honey Liqueur.   The Liqueur beat off a host of [...]

Fáilte Ireland announces details of new €55million business continuity scheme for the tourism sector

Fáilte Ireland announces details of new €55million business continuity scheme for the tourism sector and priorities for 2021 Key industry event ‘Survive to Thrive’ unveils €55million Tourism Business Continuity Scheme Heavyweight investment in domestic marketing Employee, business and sector supports Outdoor dining and urban animation investment Digital transformation programme   Fáilte Ireland has today (1st February) announced details of its new €55million Tourism Business Continuity Scheme.  The announcement was made at a special [...]

Bewley’s supports long-standing coffee partner following devastating landslide in Nicaragua

Bewley’s, Ireland’s leading coffee and tea company, has pledged their support to long-standing partner, Henry Heuck and his coffee farm in Matagalpa, Nicaragua following a landslide that claimed the lives of six families in the region. By way of supporting recovery in the region, Bewley’s has confirmed the purchase of an entire extra container load of coffee valued at €100,000 from Henry’s Ramacafe Farm to aid relief [...]

The Observatory has been named one of the must-visit bars of 2021

The Observatory  bar in the Grand Central Hotel has been named one of the must-visit bars of 2021 by The Sunday Telegraph. The tallest cocktail bar in Ireland, part of Hastings Hotels, joins a list of 20 prestigious global establishments, some of which have been included in the World’s Best Bars Awards, including Maybe Sammy in Sydney, the Galaxy Bar in Dubai, Two Schmucks Terrace in Barcelona and BBK Social Club in the Four Seasons Hotel in Bangkok. [...]


Despite the setbacks caused by the pandemic, Dublin City Brewing Co’s spectacular new facility is set to begin operations in the spring of 2021. The 11,000 square foot property, located in the Parnell Centre on Parnell Street, will comprise a brewery with the capacity to produce 5 million litres of premium beers per year, making it the biggest independent brewery in Dublin’s city centre. It will also [...]

Culloden Estate is feeling the love after being crowned most romantic hotel

The five-star Culloden Hotel and Spa in Belfast, which has entertained A-list couples such as Victoria and David Beckham and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, is celebrating the major accolade of Best Hotel for Romance by Luxury Lifestyle Magazine.   The prestigious Readers’ Travel Awards 2020 saw over 20,000 readers internationally deliberating over the shortlisted nominees of some of the industry’s most show-stopping destinations, hotels, cruise lines and tour operators.   [...]


● This announcement follows a recent survey of FREE NOW drivers in Ireland which found that 68% were unsure about switching to an EV (electric vehicles) in the next 1 to 3 years, with charging availability and price the key barriers for drivers ● The ride-hailing app pledges to invest €6 MILLION to enable every driver to install a home charger ● Research has shown that where [...]

The Food Safety Company: Lockdown Tips for Zoom and Virtual Training

The Food Safety Company: Lockdown Tips for Zoom and Virtual Training The spread of COVID-19 has led to unprecedented measures, first by governments and now businesses, as they try to limit the spread of the virus. In addition to restricting travel and cancelling large events, a growing number of companies are now rethinking their ways of working. While certain workers such as medical, essential retail and manufacturing [...]

BWG Foodservice are partnering with Chef Network to support a mental health focused campaign, Mind Your Mind

For the month of January, BWG Foodservice are partnering with Chef Network to support a mental health focused campaign, Mind Your Mind. This campaign includes four virtual events with various chefs and experts focused on topics such as minding your mental health, food and mental health and stepping back from the heat. Keep an eye on BWG Foodservice platforms and sharing Chef Network content in support of this [...]

Hospitality business owners urged to consider air sterilization to facilitate safe reopening

Air sterilization in recirculating ventilation systems is a key factor to consider in order to safely reopen businesses and offices across all sectors, including the hospitality sector, according to industry experts Shiva Air Conditioning. According to the company, business owners and facility managers need to ensure they have the correct precautions in place to contain the spread of Covid-19 on their premises, when Ireland emerges from Level [...]

Hotels in Urgent Call to Government Seeking Emergency Tourism Budget

Latest IHF industry survey reveals 60% drop in revenues in 2020 and bleak start to 2021 9.5 million bednights lost last year as annual room occupancy plummeted to 30% Additional sectoral supports critical to safeguard industry and restore employment   Thursday, 7th January 2021: The latest survey from the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) reveals a €2.6 billion drop in hotel and guesthouse revenues during 2020 compared to the [...]

Healthy Eating Cookbook released for Cancer Prevention

Healthy Eating Cookbook released for Cancer Prevention ‘Evidence-based cookbook with delicious fresh recipes and advice to help reduce the risk of cancer mortality by up to 61%’ Georgina Campbell, Derval O’Rourke and Neven Maguire are just some of the culinary contributors to a new healthy eating cookbook created to help lower the risk of cancer by two of Ireland’s leading dietitians and cancer experts at University College [...]

Brendan O’Connor announced as new General Manager of Adare Manor

 Adare Manor, one of Ireland’s foremost five-star castle properties set on an historic 840-acres estate in Adare, County Limerick, is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Brendan O’Connor as General Manager.   With over 18 years’ experience in the global premium hospitality industry, Brendan joined the Adare Manor team in 2015 as Director of Food and Beverage.  Prior to this, he held senior management roles with a host [...]

Giving a slice of Christmas and thanks in a box with The Dough Bros

Gifting this festive season will be all about what comes to your door. The Dough Bros in Galway have decided to bring a slice of their award-winning pizza through every letterbox in Europe!After lockdown, with their restaurant operating a take away only service, it was back to the drawing board to see how they could serve their customers best throughout Galway and Ireland. And so, The Dough [...]

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