News Blog2021-08-10T11:13:49+01:00

The Gold Medal Awards are now open for entries. 

Now in their 32nd Year , the awards are recognised as the leading independent awards programme for the Irish hospitality industry. Judged by industry experts, the Gold Medal Awards pay recognition to hotels, restaurants, guest houses, spa and leisure facilities, event caterers, healthcare caterers, and site caterers, as well as the individuals and teams that achieve the highest standards of product and service in the [...]

Combining Quality with Value

Echo Water has been offering its hospitality and corporate customers a comprehensive range of premium water filtration systems since 2014. MD Gerard Beshoff talks to Hotel & Catering Review about the growing importance of sustainability and evolving with a changing market How do filtration systems from Echo Water help hospitality businesses in terms of cost savings and revenue generation? The Echo systems work as an [...]

Fixing the Fighting

If approached in the right way, mediation can take the heat out of the kitchen, writes Dr Gerry McMahon When the manager and the chef had another row, the chef was dismissed. As a result, business plummeted. Things got worse when the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) awarded a sizeable pay-out to the chef for unfair dismissal. Of course, similar rows broke out at the chef’s [...]

Covid, Cashflows & Customers

Gerardo Larios Rizo, Head of Hospitality sector at Bank of Ireland, describes the financial supports available to hospitality businesses Hospitality businesses across Ireland are finally welcoming back customers to their premises after a third (and hopefully final) lockdown that lasted over five months. The mandated closures were tough both mentally and financially for business owners and although some restrictions will still still linger for a [...]

Bord Bia forecasts Irish Foodservice Market to return to pre-pandemic levels by end of 2022

Prolonged lockdown results in slower than anticipated recovery, but Irish Foodservice Market to emerge and grow again in 2021 and beyond According to a  report launched by Bord Bia , the Irish foodservice market – including restaurants, hotel food and beverage, pubs, office catering and other segments that provide food away from home – will grow by 11% on last year to reach almost €5 billion by year end, [...]

Raising the Bar in Cork

The Montenotte Hotel reveal new panoramic rooftop bar, The Glasshouse High on everyone’s bucket list when visiting Cork is to take in the breath-taking views from the Panorama Terrace at The Montenotte Hotel. Perched high above the city, this former 18th century residence of a Merchant Prince and now an award-winning vibrant design led hotel has just announced yet another very compelling reason for staycationers [...], Celebrating 21 Years in Business, Ireland’s largest online marketplace, is celebrating 21 years in business this July. Our database of over 1.5 million active members engages with brands through our website and across our many marketing channels. We has a team of account managers with a vast bank of industry knowledge who work with clients to create promotions that meets their needs. Each client has a dedicated portal to manage [...]

Bringing Order to Ordering

Unify Ordering is simplifying the ordering process between buyers and suppliers A few years ago, Barry McNerney and Louis Williams had an idea for a new business. What if we created an app for buyers and suppliers that could replace the traditional method of ordering by phone or voicemail? And what if that mobile-friendly platform could save restaurateurs time and money and reduce their paperwork? [...]

Dublin City Brewing Company Tasting Club with KOH Restaurant

After taking inspiration from the wonderfully vibrant food and drink community around them, the team at Dublin City Brewing Co decided to create a regular event to celebrate them all. Launched in February of this year, the Dublin City Brewing Tasting Club has become one of the most exciting culinary fixtures for lovers of great beers and dining! It takes place on the last Thursday of every [...]

Free Now to Invest ​€​6 million in to Home Chargers for Irish Taxi Drivers

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 [...]

Making Outdoor Socialising a Reality

Freestanding weather canopies and bespoke umbrellas from Dublin-based Outdoor Spaces are helping hospitality businesses transform their exterior areas into usable spaces It’s one thing to say we should socialise ‘outdoors’ this summer but another to actually experience it. Ireland’s wildly irrational weather means that enjoying a meal or a pint outdoors is a risky proposition and so hotels and restaurants are being forced to mitigate [...]

Stepping up to the Plate

Changes are afoot at Aimsir, the two-star Michelin restaurant at Cliff at Lyons, writes Denise Maguire Back in the summer of 2019, I chatted to Aimsir Chef Jordan Bailey to find out how he and his wife Majken Bech-Bailey were settling into their new roles at the much-celebrated restaurant. At the time, the hype around Aimsir was considerable; how would a restaurant that relied solely [...]

Mother of God – First ever Line of Duty tour launches

Fans of BBC police drama Line of Duty might be missing the action from Superintendent Hastings, Detective Inspector Arnott and DI Fleming. But now they are sucking diesel with the launch of the very first tour of locations from the hit series. Hastings Hotels and McComb’s Coach Travel have combined to create the tour - the Line of Duty Experience. It begins with lunch in [...]

Major Boost for Ireland and Tourism with €73million Investment in New World-Class Visitor Experiences

The large-scale tourism attractions awarded funding are in counties Cavan, Donegal, Dublin and Mayo A major investment of €73million to develop four new world-class Irish tourist attractions has been announced by the Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin and Fáilte Ireland today. Fáilte Ireland is investing €44.3million of the total investment in what Minister Martin is describing as “the most significant investment in visitor attractions [...]

BWG Foods goes “All Out” to Help Hospitality Sector

‘All Out’ is a new BWG Foods Wholesale Division initiative to demonstrate support for hospitality and the on-trade reopening. The new campaign features a giveaway of €5,000 worth of stock to help businesses reopen. After so many false starts due to Covid-19 restrictions, BWG Foods Wholesale Division is celebrating outdoor dining and the imminent reopening of indoor hospitality and pubs with this campaign. Finally, it’s [...]

The World’s First Midleton Craft Collection Whiskey Store

A dedicated space housing Midleton Distilleries collection of Irish premium whiskeys in one luxurious boutique The world’s first Midleton Craft Collection Whiskey Store has opened in Brown Thomas Dublin, drawing much anticipation amongst whiskey connoisseurs and collectors. This luxurious bespoke boutique is home to an exceptional collection of Irish whiskeys, including the first bottle of Midleton Very Rare Silent Distillery Collection Chapter Two to go on sale [...]

The Wilder

‘Dublin Reawakened’ Package As the country reawakens, there has never been a better time to plan some quality time away, rediscovering special places with loved ones. The Wilder Townhouse, one of Dublin's finest resident’s only Townhouses, proud members of Irelands Bluebook, launches its ‘Dublin Reawakened’ Package. Adventure awaits us all and as Dublin begins to reawaken it’s time to explore our fair city through a [...]

TEDDY’S AT TEELING The iconic ice cream now available in the heart of Dublin 8! (Yes – there’s flakes!)

Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Newmarket, Dublin 8, is open to visitors again, and to celebrate summer you can now get a Teddy’s Ice Cream there too! Teeling Distillery is the only place where the iconic and much-loved Teddy’s ice cream can be enjoyed in Dublin city, and there’s a free Teddy’s 99 with every Teeling Distillery tour booked. Or drop into The Phoenix Café where you can [...]

Frylite Awarded Top Wellbeing Accreditation for Commitment to Employee Wellness

Irish food oil supplier to the hospitality trade received the Ibec KeepWell Mark in recognition of its investment in staff Frylite, the leading supplier of fresh food oils to Ireland’s catering and hospitality industry, has been awarded Ibec’s workplace wellness accreditation, the KeepWell Mark. For more than 30 years, Frylite, which has offices all over the island of Ireland, has been focused on building success [...]

Go Green & Save

Raquel Noboa from Fifty Shades Greener describes how businesses can save on their utility bills by implementing a few simple changes When it comes to sustainability in the hospitality sector, there’s arguably no-one in Ireland who knows more than Raquel Noboa. As founder of Fifty Shades Greener, Ireland’s first state-subsidised green hospitality training programme, she has been working with Irish hotels and restaurants to make [...]

A Quick Chat with Paula Carroll

After receiving a Global Lifetime Achievement Award Paula Carroll, Director of Sales & Marketing at Ashford Castle, chats about her impressive career and being swept off her feet by Richard E Grant Congratulations on your award! How did it feel to receive it? Any time that you’re recognised by your industry peers is great. I was just glad to be alive to collect it! It’s [...]

Ballygarry Fundraiser Raises over €1,000 for Barnardos

For the last decade, Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa has hosted an annual Easter egg hunt to raise funds for both local and Irish charities. Unfortunately, in light of the current restrictions the event was unable to go ahead this year. As a result of this, the team decided to take this opportunity to think outside the box and take a new approach towards their fundraising. [...]


The Dubliner Irish Whiskey has collaborated with one of Ireland’s leading craft brewers to create the second batch of The Dubliner Whiskey Beer Cask Series, an exciting, limited edition range, whereby the award-winning Dubliner Irish Whiskey is aged in beer casks, and craft beers in whiskey casks. The Dubliner Irish Whiskey partnered with fellow Dublin neighbour and independent Irish craft brewer, Rascal’s Brewing Co, to produce [...]

Keep Discovering

Fáilte Ireland’s new €4million domestic marketing campaign has been unveiled today by the Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin TD As the tourism sector prepares to reopen. Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Keep Discovering’ campaign aims to drive domestic holidays for the remainder of the year and help to reboot and rebuild Ireland’s tourism industry. The national advertising campaign will go live this Monday, May 24th and will run across [...]

Ballygarry House launches the latest development in its masterplan

Ballygarry House have reinforced their position as Munster’s leading destination wedding venue, by signing contracts with Ned O’Shea builders for the construction of a dedicated on-site ceremony venue, named The Lodge. Padraig McGillicuddy, Proprietor said “we are delighted to be progressing with this project, which will provide our couples with a stunning venue for their ceremony. It’s a rustic barn style building with New England [...]

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