Writing Break at Harvey's Point
A surge of interest in creative writing is evident throughout the country with memoir writing a focu...

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Flying High at Ballygarry
Padraig McGillycuddy is a high-flying hotelier. Not only is his preferred mode of transport piloting...

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IHI Founders Banquet
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Sodexo wins Trinity catering

Sodexo has been awarded a contract worth €1 million a year from Trinity College Dublin.


 Sodexo’s contract includes a complete refurbishment of the Arts Building café, introducing a bespoke café concept – The Perch – which will refocus and refresh the space, putting in a new selection of new food offers and providing new seating to increase capacity.
Margot Slattery, country president, Sodexo Ireland is pictured (on right) with  Geraldine Ruane, chief operating officer, Trinity College Dublin. 
 With over 17,000 students, the university has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence.
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Dalata refurbs Belfast Clayton

Dalata has invested £1.5 million in refurbishing its four-star Clayton hotel in Belfast. The project will involve an upgrade of 139 of the 170 bedrooms as well as the addition of a new bar and restaurant.
 Commenting on the renovations, Clayton Hotel Belfast sales and marketing manager Naomi Wilson said, "We are delighted to announce the £1.5m refurbishment investment at Clayton Hotel Belfast - 2018 is set to be a fantastic year for tourism in Belfast city centre and we want to ensure that all our customers receive the very best experience during their stay with us."
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New whiskies from Glendalough

Glendalough Distillery is to launch three newly-crafted whiskeys for 2018, along with a distinctive new bottle design across its full range of spirits.
  A globally awarded Double Barrel Irish Whiskey, 7yr Old and 13yr Old Single Malts will roll out to trade from the start of 2018, alongside the distillery’s Wild Botanical gin and traditional Poitín – all of which will feature the new, revamped packaging.
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Ariel for Estonia Championships

Forty two bartenders competed in the National Cocktail Championships & Bartender Awards  at Food & Bev Live.


This annual event is organised by the Bartenders Association of Ireland and sponsored by Edward Dillon & Co. Ltd.
Ariel Sanecki of Adare Manor Hotel, Limerick scooped the top award of National Cocktail Champion 2018 with his cocktail called Japanese Garden consisting of 40ml Star of Bombay Gin, 20ml Sake, 20ml Matcha Green Tea Syrup, 10ml Yuzu Puree, 20ml Fresh Lime Juice and 50ml Rice Milk all shaken together and decoratively presented to the judges.
 Ariel will represent Ireland at the World Cocktail Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, 1st-6th October 2018. He previously represented Ireland at the World Cocktail Championships in Tokyo, Japan in 2016 where he won a Silver Medal.
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Fewer Brits spend more in pubs

 UK visitors to Irish pubs increased their spend by 6 per cent last year despite a significant reduction in their numbers visiting the Republic, a new report shows.
There was a 6 per cent Brexit-inspired decline in UK visitors last year, but a report by AIB on the pub sector shows the future risk to hostelries is “not excessive”. 
 Pubs in rural areas have to turn over at least €8,000 per week or they may not survive, according to a new report.
AIB’s Pubs Outlook report for 2018 found the industry, which employs 230,000 people, is on the road to recovery with significant demand for pubs in key urban areas.
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