THE new Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed TD, must ensure swift and measurable action to review procedures, reduce red tape and encourage development of the indigenous Irish shellfish sector, a conference in Athlone heard recently.
MANY leading managers and representatives from the food industry and higher education gathered in UCC to launch a new postgraduate qualification dedicated to the dairy industry on Monday, 9 May 2016.
HARTE’S Spar in Clonakilty has become the 100th store to offer the “Seattle’s Best Coffee” concept, developed in the Irish convenience market by working in close partnership with BWG and their group retailers in order to give their customers a consistently quality tasting coffee on every occasion.
STYLIST Aaron Healy from Wayne Lloyd Hair has been crowned ‘Irish Hairdresser of the Year’ following the coveted Irish Hairdressing Championships 2016, coined the Oscars of Irish Hairdressing.
ON Tuesday 15th March the AGM for the Sheep’s Head Producers Market was held at The Old Creamery Café, Kilcrohane. The current SHPM Steering Group, consisting of Lorna Finnegan, Gill Baggot, Jemima Wallis-Eade, Corina Thornton and David Johnson are joined by re-elected members Marilyn Wallis- Eade and Janette Armstrong, returning members Matt Mills and Niamh Egerton and new to the Steering Group Patrick Neill, all of whom were elected unopposed.
by John Bohane Kalbos Cafe in Skibbereen town was recently crowned Best Cafe in Cork at the Irish Restaurant awards which were held in the Malton Hotel, Killarney. Kalbos Cafe were recognised for their beautiful produce and maintaining their consistently high standards which ensures they were deservedly crowned the Best Cafe in Cork. Siobhan Boyle, who is the proprietor at Kalbos Cafe was thrilled with their award.
THE latest figures from Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) indicate 31,500 female lobsters were returned to sea in 2015 to breed as part of the Lobster V-notching Conservation Scheme. This is over double the number of female lobsters that were returned to sea in 2010.
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DAVITT’S Restaurant & Bar in Kenmare has won a prestigious CIE Tours International Award of Excellence for 2015 for its lunches. The CIE Tours awards, which are in their 26th year, were announced at a ceremony in Dublin Castle recently.
GERMAN discount retailer Lidl has lodged a planning application to develop a new supermarket in the town at a site in Newtown.
THE Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney has launched eight schemes to commence implementation of Ireland’s new €240 million EMFF Seafood Development Programme for the period up to 2020 and beyond, co-funded by the Exchequer and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. This announcement follows approval of the Programme in December by Government and the European Commission.
THE TRADEIT Network, an EU initiative to drive growth in the SME food producers sector, led by Institute of Technology in Tralee, is calling on micro, small and medium food producers in Ireland to share their views and inform a key set of funding recommendations to the European Commission for the sector. TRADEIT has been engaged in an EU wide consultation with small to medium enterprise (SME) Food Producers since
LAUNCHED this week, Pure Cork is the new smartphone app from Murphy’s which celebrates the humour, spirit and uniqueness of Cork. Each week, through the app, Murphy’s will showcase the best ‘Pure Cork’ moments that will bring a smile to your face. If that wasn’t enough, they’ll also give you the chance to enjoy a free pint of Murphy’s via the app.
SuperValu Clonakilty celebrates at the Edward Dillon & Santa Rita Estates SuperValu Off Licence of the Year Awards
SUPERVALU Clonakilty was delighted to attend the 23rd annual Edward Dillon & Santa Rita Estates SuperValu Off Licence of the Year Awards which took place recently.
MACRA na Feirme, the Irish young farmers and rural youth organisation, and Ornua representatives visited Ornua Deutschland, the home of Irish dairy in Germany recently. Carbery Macra members John O’Driscoll, Padraig O’Driscoll and Eileen Hurley joined Ornua and Macra representatives to visit the Ornua Deutschland manufacturing and packaging plant in Neukirchen-Vluyn.
WARM your rebel heart this Christmas with a pint of Murphy’s Nollaig Brew – a limited edition 4% ABV seasonal stout with a hint of cinnamon. Available during November and December in a number of Cork pubs, it’s the perfect way to unwind during the Festive Season. The seasonally flavoured brew is a ‘once-off’ variation of the classic Murphy’s Stout, keeping the characteristically smooth Murphy’s flavour of coffee and toffee, but adding a seasonal hint of cinnamon.
WAYNE Lloyd Hair founder and owner, Wayne Lloyd, along with stylists, Ciara Dorrington and Ciaran O’Sullivan, were amongst the winners and highly commended at the coveted ALFAPARF Fantastic Hairdresser Awards, attended by Ireland’s leading hair stylists at the Double Tree Hotel By Hilton in Dublin on November 1st.
KERRY County Council has issued a new set of draft by-laws on possible locations for casual trading in Kenmare. Two options have been set forth to regulate casual trading in the area of the Town Square and the Town Park where casual trading is currently taking place.
FIVE popular Cork pubs, Four in West Cork, have secured listings in the 2016 Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide just published. They are Mary Ann’s (Castletownshend), Poacher’s Inn (Bandon), Deasy’s (Clonakilty), Toddies at The Bulman (Kinsale) and Cronin’s (Crosshaven).
THE island co-op on Cape Clear (Comharchumann Cléire Teo) has lodged a planning application to construct a new whiskey distillery and visitor centre on the island.
Kinsale restaurant Bastion has been awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2016 just published. Michelin Bib Gourmand awards recognise those establishments that offer good food at affordable prices of €40 or less for a three-course meal.
THE 12th annual A Taste of West Cork Food Festival has been deemed an outstanding success with participants and visitors alike singing the praises of the owners of restaurants, bars and venues who pulled out all the stops to create a food showcase to be proud of in the 32 towns and villages (and eight islands) participating.
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival gets underway this weekend while shortlist of Belling West Cork Artisan Food Awards finalists announced. All roads will hopefully lead to West Cork this weekend as 32 towns and villages and eight islands are primed and ready to showcase their fabulous offerings in food (produce and expertise), events, craft and history – all as part of the 12th annual “A Taste of West
SEVERAL local seafood restaurants are among those from around the country to be recommended by online foodie magazine www.thetaste.ie as “the best seafood spots in Ireland”.
THE team at Macroom Food Festival HQ are getting excited, since its beginnings in 2012, this year’s festival looks set to be the biggest and best to date. The old favourites are still in the mix but there are a few new additions this year to maximise taste, fun and gastronomic exploration. The event is due to take place over three days from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September 2015.
WEST Cork markets are being urged to apply for new funding for local food and artisian markets being made available through a new government scheme. The scheme is open to all rural towns and villages with populations of up to 10,000 and offers potential funding of between €5,000-10,000 for development of existing or start-up local food and artisan markets.
Over 5,000 people are expected to pass through Cork City Hall this Sunday which is open to public from 12-6pm. Admission is free for all the family with over 70 local Artisan food producers from both counties exhibiting & sharing their culinary delights. For the grown ups, Supervalu Ambassador, Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon will be giving cookery demos & answering all of your foody questions. For the kids we have
THERE were wins for Fishy Fishy, Kinsale and the Ocean Restaurant at the Maritime Hotel Bantry at the annual Irish Restaurant Awards held in the Doubletree Hilton, Dublin recently.
IF you happen to be strolling the streets of Cork City on the 28th of June then make your way over to City Hall as you’re in for a gastronomic Feast! Cork Kerry Food Forum returns this summer celebrating the culinary spirit of both counties. Drop in and support your local artisan producers from Cork and Kerry. \Cork City Hall will be transformed into a foodie heaven as the City
AN eco-friendly, split-level house in Castletownbere, West Cork, which combines comfort, clever design and functionality, has won RTÉ One’s Home of the Year. Owned by retired couple Ita Molloy and Andrew Harvey, the house was designed and built by Ita’s architect son, Donn Ponnighaus. Over the past seven weeks, TV viewers were welcomed across the threshold of 21 houses as expert judges Declan O’Donnell, Hugh Wallace and Helen James debated the