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


Shiji Group provides software solutions and services for the hospitality, food service, retail and entertainment industries, ranging from hotel management solutions, food and beverage systems, payment gateways and data management to online distribution, golf and leisure management and digital guest solutions. Within the food and beverage space, Shiji has been leading the way since 2016 with its cloud-based, but offline capable Infrasys Cloud POS, one of the [...]

Ashford Castle Named Supreme Winner at 2021 Gold Medal Awards

Co.Galway’s Ashford Castle was named Supreme Winner (sponsored by Hotel & Catering Review) at the 2022 Gold Medal Awards. Celebrating a remarkable 32 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 catering sector throughout the country over the past twelve months. Following the last two [...]

Gold Medal Winners 2021

Congratulations to our 2021 Winners The winners of all categories were revealed at a gala awards ceremony  hosted by Marty Whelan on Tuesday, 22nd March in the Lyrath Estate, Co. Kilkenny. Celebrating a remarkable 32 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 [...]


Ireland’s leading hospitality recruitment company has opened its newest office in the heart of Galway city near the Spanish Arch The opening of Excel Recruitment’s newest branch marks the third office outside of its Dublin headquarters, with established offices located in Kildare and Cork and plans in place to open a Belfast office in 2022. We spoke with Excel Recruitment’s Director Shane McLave to find [...]

CATEX 2023 launches with sustainability and innovation top of the bill

It just been announced that CATEX - Ireland’s largest foodservice & hospitality event – is now confirmed for 21-23 February 2023 at the RDS Simmonscourt, returning to its normal biannual dates of early in the year. Supported once again by steadfast sponsors, Bunzl and Calor, the 2023 event is hoping to return to the successful heights of 2019 when the expo welcomed its biggest-ever attendance of 12,500 [...]


The Trigon Hotel Group has launched a recruitment drive to fill up to 40 positions at the Metropole Hotel and Cork International Hotel.  A recruitment day will take place at the Metropole Hotel on Wednesday, March 2nd from 10am until 7pm. People are asked to bring a CV and references to the open day. The open positions include a variety of full and part-time flexible roles in [...]

2021 Finalists Announced

Congratulations to our 2021 Finalists     The Gold Medal Awards are delighted to announce the Finalists for the 2021 awards. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of all entrants throughout the country. They also recognise, and reward, the highest standards of excellence and level of service that is being delivered in our industry. After hours of consideration and discussions our Judging Panel are proud [...]

g Hotel appoints Dominique Majecki as Head Chef

  Dominique Majecki has been appointed Head Chef at the five-star g Hotel & Spa in Galway. Hailing from Laval in the Pays de la Loire region of north west France, Dominique will bring his vast experience to the Hotel and joins from Glenlo Abbey where he was Executive Head Chef since 2018. Dominique’s interest in cooking began at an early age taking his cue from his grand uncle, a baker. He [...]

Supreme Winner

The Supreme Winner Award is the Irish hospitality industry's highest accolade. The recipient of this award is chosen by the Gold Medal Awards judging panel following a review of all winning entries in the awards this year. The Supreme Winner Awards acknowledges outstanding achievements within the Irish hospitality industry. The recipient of this award is an establishment that offers first-class hospitality, superlative customer experience and stands [...]


Gaz Smith really loves his mussels. Here, he shares one of his favourite recipes using the versatile ingredient When I think of one of my favourite ingredients, I keep coming back to mussels. They are so versatile, easy to work with and full of protein, plus they are consistently good throughout the year. The days of foraging for them myself and scraping off barnacles and [...]

Sussing out Sustainability

Pinergy has partnered with Irish Chef Cúán Greene to help guide industry and support a more sustainable future Pinergy, the smart clean energy supplier and solutions business, has launched a new online show titled ‘Sussed’. An industry-first production of its kind that’s distributed across multiple social platforms only, Sussed has been created to help inform and inspire viewers to put into practice small, practical changes [...]


Technology from Positive Carbon is helping hotels and restaurants reduce their food waste while cutting down on costs A few weeks ago, Irish company Positive Carbon announced it was going to start offsetting all its employees carbon emissions by 300%. The new “sustainable employment” initiative will see funds going to projects such as community tree planting and clean cooking fuel for refugees; this will offset each employee'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 [...]

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