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Sustainability Awards Deadline Looms

 Food & Bev Live – one of Ireland’s largest foodservice industry events, celebrating...

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Awards for Foodservice Suppliers
Organised by the industry for the industry, Food & Bev Live returns to the Citywest Dublin on th...

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'Food Service Must Cut Waste' says Mahony
The Food service industry must play its part in reducing food waste,  Noel Mahony, chief execut...

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Hotels dump food worth €180m.
 The EPA released a research report last week – “Reducing Commercial Food Waste in Ireland”alon...

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Hotels dump food worth €180m.


Rates hike 'excessive' say hoteliers

The decision by Dublin City Council to increase commercial rates by almost 3 percent has been criticised by hoteliers as excessive and ill-advised. The Irish Hotels Federation cityhallsays that hoteliers in Dublin and across the country are already facing significant challenges to sustain the growth in tourism of recent years, with a softening in visitor numbers from key markets and increasing concerns around reduced competitiveness. 
  Michael Lennon, President, IHF, said, “We’re willing to pay a fair and reasonable rate but not excessive and disproportionate levies. Over 75% of overseas tourists visit Dublin, making it a vital tourism gateway, and a significant contributor to an industry that accounted for €9.42 billion in revenue in 2018. This increase will further reduce competitiveness at a time when tourism is already facing significant challenges due to increases in the cost doing business and the hike in tourism VAT. This was highlighted in the latest Crowe Ireland Annual Hotel Survey[i] which showed that many costs are increasing faster than the underlying growth in revenues.”


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Doris Day Show at Newbridge

Newbridge Silverware, together with Julien’s Auctions and The Doris Day Animal Foundation, has opened a new exhibition featuring a rare collection of garments, jewellery and doris1119accessories from the wardrobe of movie icon, Doris Day at the Museum of Style Icons, Newbridge, Co. Kildare (Ireland). The free to enter exhibition entitled, ‘The Doris Day Show’  runs until 3rd February, 2020.  The property will be auctioned by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles on 4th – 5th April 2020, the day after what would have been the stars 98th birthday.  Doris Day was famed for her love of animals and all proceeds will go to her charity ‘The Doris Day Animal Foundation’ which the singer and actress founded in 1978. For more information


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Sensory Room at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport has opened a purpose-built sensory room for passengers with autism, dementia, cognitive impairment or other special needs.seensory1119
The new sensory room is located after security screening in Terminal 2 and just before the 400 boarding gates. It can be also be accessed via Terminal 1.
The room includes relaxing music, mood lighting, bean bags, digital display panels, textured flooring and a game to improve memory and motor skills.
The room was designed by Adam Sensory Zones, a Dublin-based company which specialises in the design and installation of bespoke multi-sensory and soft playrooms.
 Dublin Airport also operates an Autism ‘Important Flyer’ programme where a wristband or lanyard is provided in advance to passengers with autism who are travelling through the airport.

Mount Juliet cuts losses

The company that operates the five-star Mount Juliet hotel and golf resort in Co Kilkenny narrowed its losses last year by 7 per cent to €2.99 million.mtjuliet1119
Accounts for Mount Juliet Unlimited show that it recorded a reduction in pre-tax losses as revenues surged by 35 per cent to €11.59 million.
 The 500-acre Co Kilkenny estate was acquired by Tetrarch and businessman Emmet O’Neill in a €15 million deal in 2014. It will stage the 2020 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, the fourth time that the Thomastown venue has staged the annual event.


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Distilleries plan Christmas events

IrishWhiskey360° announces three events taking place in Irish whiskey distilleries in the coming weeks;teeling1019
Slane Distillery will host its third annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony this Friday, 29 November at 6.30pm.  There is a special 20% discount available for distillery tours on the day for those that pre-book using the code ‘FESTIVE’.  Book at
Kilbeggan Distillery is hosting an open day on Sunday, 8 December.  Entry is free.  Visitors on the day can learn how Irish whiskey is made, see the 132-year-old steam engine in operation and enjoy the local food and craft fair.
  Echlinville Distillery on the Ards Penninsula in Co. Down is hosting Festive Afternoon Tea on Saturday, 14 December.  The event will include a distillery tour and festive tipples. Book your tickets at:


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