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Brogue Inn Re-Opens

Fiona Kirby and her husband Kevin Cotter have re-opened the Brogue Inn, Tralee, creating 35 jobs. 
The pub and restaurant have been closed since April of last year but have reopened under new ownership.
Ms Kirby is a daughter of the late Bill Kirby the former owner who developed the premises into a popular drinking, dining and entertainment venue.
 
 

Chapter One Breaks Even

 Chapter One restaurant marginally increased its revenues to €2.698m in the 12 months to the end of February 2015.
 The firm’s accounts show that the business broke even last year, recording a modest loss of €595.
 However, the small loss, following the previous year’s pre-tax profits of €12,776, arises from chef Ross Lewis and his fellow director and shareholder, Martin Corbett increasing their aggregate pay last year by 44% from €366,416 to €530,434.
 

New Killyhevlin Restaurant

 UTV presenter Sarah Travers joined the team at the Killyhevlin Hotel to  mark the launch the hotel’s new restaurant, 

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KOVE.  The opening follows a £200,000 investment into the design of the restaurant which has been given a , contemporary Art Deco style make-over which takes full advantage of its unsurpassed views of Lough Erne. 
 Dinner guests, who included former Coronation Street star Charlie Lawson, the BBC’s Julian Fowler and representatives from the tourism, food and drink industries were treated to a taste of KOVE’s new menu which has been designed by head chef Kevin Watson and senior sous chef Trevor Shannon. 
 The four-star Killyhevlin Hotel, Spa and Health Club, which is a member of the Irish Country Hotels portfolio, has been run by the Watson family for almost 40 years.  
 
 

Thorntons Takes Restaurant Gong

The winners of the prestigious FOOD&WINE Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards in association with Nespresso Business Solutions were announced at a gala luncheon in The InterContinental, Dublin, yesterday. Guests were treated to a five-course meal with perfectly matched wines courtesy of wine distributor Febvre and Company Limited. 
 

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Thornton’s Restaurant, owned by one of Ireland’s leading chefs Kevin Thornton, was given the prestigious title of FOOD&WINE Magazine Restaurant of the Year 2015. Celebrating 25 years in business this year, it continues to be one of the most exciting and innovative dining experiences in the country. 
 
Stephen Toman of Ox, Belfast, was not only named overall FOOD&WINE Magazine chef of the year 2015, he also took home the award for Best Chef Ulster. Ox, Belfast also scooped another award for Best Restaurant Ulster for the second year running. 
 
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Gray Heads RAI

Sligo native Anthony Gray was elected President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, at their AGM and Conference.

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 Speaking on his election, owner of Eala Bhán and Trá Bán restaurants in Sligo, Anthony said that it’s important that restaurateurs all over Ireland get involved in their local branch of the RAI as they are much stronger as an association when they are united.
 ’We are brave and as a result of brave, wages get paid, families reared and main streets bustle', he said  He commented as Gaeilge, ‘’Is é do cogadh mo chogagh,’’ which means your fight is my fight.
 Anthony Gray is a Sligo native, where he lives with his wife Eilish and three children. His father Joe Gray ran a very successful butcher business in the heart of Sligo town for many years.   While working in this background and an appreciation for food came to providence, Anthony believes in sourcing produce from the land and sea around Sligo and that drives Anthony’s passion and dedication to using local and seasonal ingredients.   Anthony had always viewed Sligo as a foodie town that was crying out for its local produce to be championed.  He opened tworestaurants in quick succession; Tra Ban opened in 2009 in Strandhill and Eala Bhan opened in Sligo Town in 2011.
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