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National Startup Awards shortlist announced and a Donegal beer wins gold - Members News - Week 50 - 2020

Dec 7, 2020, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland's members' news for week 50. The National Startup Awards 2020 shortlist has been announced, a Donegal beer wins gold and a popular coffee shop opens their third store. Read on for more.

Made in Kilkenny pop-up shop

A pop-up shop has opened in John Street, Kilkenny showcasing the best of Kilkenny's arts and crafts. There are many GS1 Ireland members' wares on display including, Jerpoint GlassNicholas Mosse and Aisling McElwain Ceramics. Products are available direct from makers and as well as in the Made in Kilkenny pop-up shop at John Street until Christmas Eve. For more information on Made in Kilkenny click here. For more information on the John Street pop-up shop click here.

International Gold for Donegal’s Very Own Lager

Donegal’s own lager, DL, made by Kinnegar Brewing in Letterkenny, has won gold in its category at the 2020 Brussels Beer Challenge. Congratulations Kinnegar!

Popular Cork coffee company opens a third store

Cork Coffee Roasters opened the doors to its third coffee shop at 16 Anglesea Street on Wednesday morning of last week. They hand-roast all of their coffees in Cork using small-batch traditional methods. Congratulations Cork Coffee Roasters!

Sweet Beat Launch Online Christmas Shop

Sligo’s Sweet Beat Cafe has launched a new website featuring an online Christmas shop with plant-based Christmas foods, Christmas hampers, stocking fillers and eco gifts. The store features many Irish plant-based products like those from Bean & Goose, Burren Balsamics, Highbank Orchards, White Mausu, 3FE Coffee, Rebel Chilli, Achill Island Sea Salt and many more. To view their online store and to order, click here.

Whiskey Gifting Campaign Launched

Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey has launched their 'Made in Ireland, Made for Gifting' campaign, encouraging consumers to support Irish whiskey brands when shopping this Christmas. The campaign will highlight the great range of whiskey gifts on offer from Irish distillers. The list includes offering from Connacht Whiskey Distillery, Teeling Distillery, Glendalough Distillery and Powerscourt Distillery. To see the Drinks Ireland|Irish Whiskey guide to Irish whiskey gifts, visit

Gubbeen Farmhouse Products shortlisted for Diversification Award in the West Cork Farming Awards

Gubbeen Farmhouse Products who make the famous Gubbeen cheese have been shortlisted for a Diversification Award in the West Cork Farming Awards. The diversification award recognises farmers who prioritise biodiversity including hedgerows and tree growing. The winner of the Diversification award will be announced at  The Southern Star and Celtic Ross Hotel West Cork Farming Awards live-streamed presentation ceremony, which will take place on Friday, December 18th. Congratulations and best of luck to Gubbeen Farmhouse Products.

National Startup Awards 2020 Shortlist Announced

The National Startup Awards shortlist was recently announced. Below are some of the GS1 Ireland members shortlisted as among the best of Irish startups.

Plantruption - Irish seaweed burgers

Simply Fit Food - Healthy ready meals

Thanks Plants - Meatless 'meat'

The Naked Collective Ltd - Healthy soft drinks

anewmum - Products for postpartum relief

Nua Fertility - Natural fertility supplements - Eco-friendly reusable straws 

Organigo Limited - Ready to eat organic vegetables

Blinks n Brows - Brows kit

Unglu-d - Gluten-free web community

Beara Bitters - Irish cocktail bitters

Velo Coffee Roasters - Award-winning coffee to your door

HidraMed Solutions - advanced dressings for people with Hidradenitis Suppurativa 

Ballykilcavan Brewing Company - Co. Laois brewing company

Huge congratulations to all of the shortlisted companies and best of luck in the finals from everyone at GS1 Ireland.

Brooke and Shoals win RSVP Magazine Spa Award

Brooke and Shoals Lavender, Cyclamen & Sea Salt diffuser won Best Reed Diffuser in the RSVP Magazine Spa Awards. Described as 'a heavenly floral heart with fresh sea spray accord to evoke the de-stressing & rejuvenating effects experienced from a coastal walk'. Congratulations to Brooke and Shoals! 

Irish Times Innovation Awards shortlist announced

Fifteen technology companies have been shortlisted for the annual Irish Times Innovation Awards. Among the shortlist are two GS1 Ireland members; HidraMed Solutions, which is developing advanced dressings for people with Hidradenitis Suppurativa and Oriel Sea Salt Co (trading as Oriel Marine Extracts) which identified and developed an eco-friendly way of harvesting nutrients present in seawater. The winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges chaired by entrepreneur and Irish Times columnist Chris Horn. The awards ceremony will be held virtually on January 27th. Congratulations and best of luck to our two shortlisted members.

That's it for this week, be sure to come back next Thursday for more news from GS1 Ireland members around the country. If you are a GS1 Ireland member and you have some news you would like to share, please get in touch at, we would love to hear from you.

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