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2403, 2020

Fáilte Ireland develops Business Support Hub to help tourism businesses respond to the challenges of Covid-19 

News Release 24th March 2020   Fáilte Ireland develops Business Support Hub to help tourism businesses respond to the challenges of Covid-19  In response to COVID-19, Fáilte Ireland has created a new online support hub for tourism businesses, including practical webinars and advice guides on key areas such as Business Liquidity, HR and Temporary Closures, as well as information on how to access Government supports and funding. The National [...]

2003, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Unfortunately, the Gold Medal Awards have been deferred to a later date in 2020 due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The awards ceremony was due to take place on the 22nd of September in the Lyrath Estate Hotel. While the exact date for the rescheduled awards has yet to be confirmed we are very much committed to celebrating and awarding the Hotel and Catering industry this year. [...]

603, 2020

Calling for entries for Gold Medal Awards 2020

 With six months to go until The Gold Medal Awards 2020, organisers are calling on Ireland’s finest hospitality and culinary businesses to put themselves forward for nomination. Now in their 32nd year, the Gold Medal Awards are recognised as the leading independent awards ceremony for the sector. The Gold Medal Awards will be presented at a black-tie gala dinner on September 22, 2020, in the Lyrath [...]

402, 2020

Future Proofing the Hospitality Sector – at Hospitality Expo 2020

Sponsored  Content The hospitality sector in Ireland has seen dramatic growth over the past few years. With confidence in the industry firmly established, demand soaring and business booming; it is not surprising that operators are now turning to investment in their premises, the latest technologies and the development of new products, facilities and services to maximise the opportunities available to them across the industry. The Hospitality [...]

2901, 2020

Service with a Smile

It really was a case of “Service with a Smile” for 65 Roses Day 2020 as TV chef and cookbook author, Adrian Martin, recently dished up a serving of purple roses for cystic fibrosis patient ambassador Aoife Rafter, ahead of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s annual flagship fundraising appeal taking place on Friday 10th April. The culinary whiz, who is about to open the doors on his first restaurant in London’s Camden [...]

2201, 2020


The iconic Irish Coffee was originally created by barman and chef, Joe Sheridan, as a warm and welcoming drink for tourists arriving in Ireland via transatlantic passenger planes in the 1940s. Almost 80 years later, we are still celebrating this comforting winter drink and Saturday 25th January marks National Irish Coffee Day. It goes without saying that an Irish Coffee would not be complete without a healthy helping [...]

912, 2019

Sodexo donates €150,000 to new Focus Ireland Family Centre

On-site services provider Sodexo Ireland is entering into a new partnership with Focus Ireland and providing €150,000 for the housing and homelessness charity’s new purpose-built Family Centre in Dublin. The Family Centre will welcome the first families during Christmas week and the full-service provision will open in early 2020.At the announcement were Julie Ennis, country president, Sodexo Ireland, Celine D’Arcy, senior legal counsel and charity champion, Sodexo Ireland, Amy [...]

611, 2019

Explore, Discover and Be Inspired at Sleep & Eat 2019

Sleep & Eat, Europe’s leading hospitality design and innovation event, returns to London Olympia on 19th – 20th November. Now in its 15th year, Sleep & Eat comprises an international exhibition, a Conference, Development Roundtables where visitors can talk one-on-one with industry leaders and a number of inspirational pop-ups designed uniquely for the show. For its many regular visitors, this is the must-attend event of the year. [...]

1809, 2019

Live Streaming the 2019 Gold Medal Awards

We're delighted to announce that the year’s Gold Medal Awards will be streamed live on YouTube for the very first time. Our Award Sponsor Integrated Media Solutions will kindly be providing the Live Stream of the event, which will be broadcast live on their YouTube Channel. If you are unable to attend this fantastic event, be sure to check out the live stream. Links to [...]

2208, 2019

Tickets on Sale Now for 2019 Awards Gala Dinner

Get your ticket for the big event because we can't wait to see you all again for our 2019 Awards Gala Dinner Join us on 24th of September at The Lyrath Estate Hotel,  We don't want anyone missing out on the amazing food, entertainment and a great atmosphere we have every year. Keep up to date on Social Media we all hope to see you there! Please contact [...]

1208, 2019

Get a ‘pizza’ the action at Food & Bev Live

Celebrating excellence within the industry, Food & Bev Live – brought to you by IFSA, the organisation behind the phenomenally successful CATEX Show - is returning to the Citywest, Dublin on the 4th & 5th February. Kick starting the 2020 hospitality season, the show will be bursting with new features and industry-specific attractions, that will serve up inspirational solutions for Ireland’s foodservice and hospitality sectors. Ireland’s First [...]

808, 2019

Ireland wins ‘most promising overseas destination’ award at travel summit in China

Ireland has won a ‘most promising overseas destination’ award at a travel summit in China. The award was presented to Tourism Ireland at the V-Influence Summit in Chengdu, organised by Sina Weibo – the hugely popular microblogging site, often described as the Chinese version of Twitter. The event was attended by hundreds of influencers (many of those attending have more than one million followers each), travel journalists [...]

808, 2019

The Market Lane Restaurant Supports Meitheal Mara Youth Rowing Summer Camp

The Market Lane Restaurant Group has extended its support for Meitheal Mara, the unique Cork charity which uses boatbuilding, woodcraft and seamanship to help dsadvantaged youth groups and individuals to learn, progress and develop. This year the Group is supporting the Meitheal Mara Rowing Summer Camp which takes place on the River Lee’s waterways in and around Cork city from the 6 – 9 August 2019. The support follows [...]

808, 2019

Sourdough September Returns to Conrad Dublin, September 26th

Back by popular demand after sell-out sessions last year, Sourdough September returns to Conrad Dublin with Master Sourdough Bakery – Bretzel and once again offering some amazing taster demos on Thursday, 26th September. The Conrad Dublin with their supplier, The Bretzel Bakery, aim to highlight their partnership with local suppliers and raise awareness of Sourdough September, a festival that takes place throughout the UK & Ireland, encouraging more people [...]

808, 2019

Taste the Island Harvest Banquet at WESTPORT HOUSE October 4th 2019

On Friday, October 4th, historical Westport House will open its doors to host a Special Taste the Island Harvest Banquet with pre-dinner drinks from 7pm followed by a banquet with wine pairings at 8pm. The Harvest Banquet is set to be a superb evening with a truly outstanding menu celebrating all that’s great and good in local and seasonal food & drink. The only one of its kind along the Wild Atlantic [...]

708, 2019

Gold Medal Winners 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Winners The winners of all categories were revealed at a gala awards ceremony  hosted by Martin King on Tuesday, 24th September in the Lyrath Estate, Co. Kilkenny. Celebrating a remarkable 31 years, the Gold Medal Awards are the leading independent awards for the Irish hospitality industry and aim to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the hotel and [...]

608, 2019

2019 Finalists

2019 Finalists Announced The Gold Medal Awards, in association with Hotel & Catering Review magazine, are delighted to announce the Finalists for the 2019 awards. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the hotel and catering sector throughout the country over the past 12 months. They also recognise and reward the high standards of excellence in terms of both the physical product and [...]

1007, 2019

Gold Medal Awards welcomes – BWG Foodservice

We are happy to welcome our Sponsor   At BWG Foodservice, we have one simple goal and that is to deliver great quality food on time, every time, at market leading prices. We provide everything you need from gourmet food, chilled, frozen and ambient to alcohol and non-food products like catering supplies and catering disposables. We love Irish food and are proud to support Irish suppliers in every [...]

1007, 2019

Gold Medal Awards welcomes – Dawn Meats Foodservice

We are always proud to welcome our Sponsor   Dawn Meats Foodservice –   offers a wide range of fresh, frozen and cooked meats to the Irish Food Service sector. The Food Service division operates a nationwide, next day delivery service out of three strategically located hubs in Dublin, Waterford and Mayo servicing every type of Foodservice outlet, from fast food to fine dining. With the acquisition of Hicks [...]

407, 2019

The iNua Collection partners with Java Republic

Java Republic, Ireland’s premier supplier of hot beverages throughout Ireland, was named the official coffee and tea partner to The iNua Collection. Java Republic’s premium coffee and 100% organic tea will be rolled out across all eight of their properties, starting with the Radisson Blu Athlone on June 28. Chris Austin, Group Director of Operations at The iNua Collection, said: “We’re delighted [...]

207, 2019


The heat is rising and Dylan Hotel has the ultimate summer treat to help you cool down in style. Mixing two of your summer favourites, bubbles and ice pops, Dylan Hotel has launched a mouthwatering range of Champagne popsicles. Starting from €9, the Perrier-Jouët Champagne ice pops are available at the hotel’s outdoor oasis, The Nurserie. A hidden gem in the heart of the city, The Nurserie is [...]

207, 2019

Aer Lingus commences Ireland’s first direct flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul

Aer Lingus’ inaugural service direct to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota State, took flight today at 2.10pm from Dublin Airport. Flight EI089 was operated by a Boeing 757 aircraft carrying the registration EI-LBR and named Saint Odhrán. The new Dublin-Minneapolis-St. Paul service will initially operate six times weekly, increasing to a daily, year-round service from August this year with up to 2,478 roundtrip seats available each week. Minneapolis-St. Paul [...]

1906, 2019

Finalists revealed for The National Chef of the Year 2020

After an incredible and closely fought four rounds of heats, the finalists in the running to be crowned The National Chef of the Year 2020 winner have been announced by the Craft Guild of Chefs. Wowing the judges in the first heat which took place at Sheffield College on Tuesday 11th June was Marc Billings, sous chef at Prestwold Hall. The heat winners from London were Fraser [...]

1906, 2019

Fresh Food Hub offers one stop shop for chefs

Chefs and caterers can now order the very best fresh produce from specialist suppliers around the UK, matched to their exact menu specifications, using the newly launched Fresh Food Hub. Offering fresh produce, fish, meat and dairy from established regional suppliers, and backed by the national resources of Bidfresh, the one-stop service can be accessed using computer, tablet, or mobile phone via the free-to-use freshfoodhub app. Fresh [...]