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Irish diners remain 'nervous'

The majority of Irish consumers are still nervous about eating out despite believing adequate Covid-19 safety measures are being taken by restaurants and other eateries, aoutdoordining survey by Bord Bia has found.
The agency’s latest Irish Foodservice Market Insights report suggests there is still a strong degree of caution around dining in restaurants, pubs and cafes , especially among older demographics.
The report also predicted that the sector would not fully recover until 2023 at the earliest.
It said it expected the value of the food service sector here, which includes everything from restaurants and cafes to take-away businesses and school canteens, to be €5.15 billion in 2021. This represents moderate year-on-year growth of 14.6 per cent, but remains 41 per cent off pre-pandemic turnover levels,.
The report also explored consumer attitudes to eating out, with three-quarters of Irish adults (73 per cent) saying eating out was their most-missed social activity as a result of Covid-19.

 

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Hotel owner seeks Examinership

The owner of the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel in Tipperary was granted leave to apply for the appointment of an examiner on Tuesday in the Circuit Civil Court in an attempt to save thekilcoran1221 business and 37 jobs.

Barrister Ross Gorman told Judge Cormac Quinn that while the company, Munster Strategic Investments, was unable to pay its debts, an independent expert was of the view it could be rescued through the appointment of an examiner.
Mr Gorman said the company had been incorporated in November 2015 by directors Paul Bowes and his daughter Triona Bowes, both of Mocklers Hill, Cashel, but had hit financial difficulties mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Video cookery demos for homeless

Sodexo chefs Jennifer Rabe and John Core with Nicola Stewart of Focus Ireland are pictured at the launch of a series of tasty video recipes 'cooked up' by a team of volunteerrecipes2 chefs for Sodexo's charity partner Focus Ireland.

   'A Simple Guide to Everyday Meals'  is the first-ever recipe video series developed on behalf of the homeless charity, supporting its strategic aim to develop essential life skills for families exiting long-term homelessness.
The video culinary 'first' also underpins Sodexo's commitment to provide skills-based mentoring and needs-led services to support local communities, as part of its Social Impact Pledge.
Filmed in Bord Bia's demo kitchen in Dublin, Sodexo's volunteer chefs demonstrated how to quickly prepare and cook tasty, nutritious, budget-friendly family favourites.
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Corrigan reports 'Bounce Back'

Richard Corrigan said his business “has bounced back well” in 2021 after his Virginia Park Lodge and London restaurants sustained a combined £8.28m (€9.74m) hit to revenuescorrigan0520corrigan0520.jpg last year due to the pandemic.

Mr Corrigan said: “I am very confident in the future. It is a good job the business is in rude health otherwise Covid-19 would have knocked us for six and we might not be here today.”
He was commenting on new accounts for Richard Corrigan Restaurants (Holdings) Ltd which show the business recorded pre-tax losses of £1.47m last year. This followed revenues decreasing by 75pc from £11.03m to £2.75m.

 

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'Continue Shannon Support' says report

A review of Shannon Airport has found that the group should continue to receive State funding, the Cabinet has heard.shannonapt

The Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent shutdown in international travel will continue to impact the airport next year, the review has found.
The airport's passenger numbers collapsed in the wake of the introduction of Covid-related travel restrictions, tumbling almost 1.4m to 352,000 last year.
Transport Minister Eamon Ryan presented the medium-term financial review of Shannon Group, which covers the period up to the end of 2022. The review was completed by the New Economy and Recovery Authority (NewERA), which supports the continuation of exchequer funding for Shannon Airport in 2022.
Shannon and Cork airports are eligible for €36m in funding under the regional airports programme 2022. The allocation is targeted at safety, security, and sustainability measures.

 

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