President’s Report – November

President Liam Edwards

When I look back at my 2-year tenure as the President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland I will remember October 2018 as giving me one of my highest and one of my lowest points. At the beginning of October, a county in Ireland received not one, but three Michelin…

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RESTAURANTS ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND CALL BUDGET 2019 “A THOUGHTLESS BUDGET”

budget 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RESTAURANTS ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND CALL BUDGET 2019 “A THOUGHTLESS BUDGET” ZERO REGARD FOR RESTAURANT SECTOR PARTICULARLY RURAL AND BORDER S.M.Es GOVERNMENT TURNS ITS BACK ON TOURISM Tuesday 9th October 2018 Speaking about the increase, Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland said, “This was…

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President’s Report – October

President Liam Edwards

Dear members, There can be no doubt it’s been a busy season in our sector, and while we are fighting our #KeepVat9 campaign, we are not denying that we are in a better position now than we were in 2011. Yet, there are many new factors that have entered the…

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Kilkenny Named Foodie Destination of the Year 2018

Foodie Destinations, a competition run by the Restaurants Association of Ireland and sponsored by FBD Insurance has named Kilkenny Foodie Destination 2018 and Kinsale Foodie Town 2018.   In recent months the Foodie Destinations 2018 nominees were carefully whittled down to just ten entrants. The finalists included Irish hot spots…

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Branch Meetings Autumn 2018

Autumn Branch Meetings Date County Location Time Tuesday 21st August Dublin Iveagh Garden Hotel, Dublin 2 Registration 9:30am Starts 10:00am Sharp Monday 27th August Westmeath Annebrook House Hotel, Austin Friars Street, Mullingar, Westmeath Registration 9:30am Starts 10am Sharp Monday 27th August Louth Scholars Townhouse Hotel, King Street, Drogheda, Louth Registration…

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President’s August Report

President Liam Edwards

Dear Member, I think over the last eight months I have mentioned the changing Irish weather in over half of my reports, but it has become a major factor in our business. At times, the weather can certainly be a positive for the hospitality industry in Ireland but sadly, this…

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President’s Report – July

President Liam Edwards

Dear members,   Hope we are all enjoying the sunshine!   Every quarter we hear a report that visitor numbers is up in the country. We were also informed that in 2017 €2 billion was spent on food drink in the country. Our industry employs over a quarter of a…

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The Smokin’ Butcher Competition 2018 Launched

the smokin' butcher

Award-winning butcher Hugh Maguire is calling for chefs in Ireland to put their skills and creativity to the test by taking part in his 2018 ‘The Smokin’ Butcher’ Smoked Black Pudding Competition. The contest, open to all chefs in Ireland (Republic and Northern Ireland), looks for a two-course menu championing Hugh’s…

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