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A Cork whiskey company makes history - Members' News - Week 17 - 2021

Apr 30, 2021, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland members' news for week 17 2021. A Cork whiskey company makes history and the Burren Slow Food Festival goes digital. Read on for more.

Cork company to auction rare Irish malt whiskey on NFT platform

A Cork company is making history by auctioning a digital representation of a rare cask of 20-year single malt whiskey on the NFT (a non-fungible token) platform in a world-first. Kinsale Spirit Company is auctioning a 200-litre cask of rare Irish malt whiskey from the original Cooley Distillery on the NFT marketplace, OpenSea. NFTs are unique or limited-edition assets that exist only in the digital world. The blockchain-powered platform will allow viewers and future bidders to see full traceability from when it was entered into auction. It will be the first auction of a whiskey cask in this way. The company is hoping to raise a minimum of €60,000 from the auction, with the potential to raise much more if a bidding war breaks out. The auction is live until today, Friday 30 April.

This information came from Echo Live, The Spirits Business and The Irish Times. 

New Members this Week at GS1 Ireland

The companies below joined GS1 Ireland since our last Members News. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome them to the GS1 Ireland community.

Portumna Pastry 

MySkincare - "We are an established and passionate team of skin care professionals utilising the latest techniques, equipment and products to help you be the best version of you."

Transitions Optical - "Automatically adapting to changing light, Transitions® lenses darken when outdoors and return back to clear when indoors."

Irish Sock Shop - "Socks, tweed caps, tweed hats and accessories"

OACP IE - "Our objective is to provide oncology diagnostics laboratories and research institutions with fast FISH solutions that will disrupt cancer diagnosis times and costs."

Pure Purple Tea - "Meet Pure Purple Tea, a premium variety of tea currently grown only in the highlands of Kenya."

Linndi Ecommerce 

Macamore Buffalo - "Liam Byrne, a 4th generation farmer and his wife Sinead started their water buffalo farm in January 2016, with a view to bringing something unique and natural to the Irish market."

GT Supreme Clean - "Supreme Clean operate a full cleaning facility for all industrial, commercial and domestic needs."

Ulla Vitamins

Hanzo - "Hanzo offers public and private sectors in developing countries advice on how to improve on providing sustainable and reliable services to their people and clients."

Stillgarden Distillery launch summer cooler party bags

Stillgarden Distillery have launched their summer cooler party bags in anticipation of the warm summer weather. The cooler bags come complete with Stillgarden spirits and ready-to-pour cocktails. They are available to order now via their website and Distillery Shop with 10% off on all cooler bag purchases made before May 3rd. You can purchase these items here.

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Irish consortium awarded nearly €5million to fight gastrointestinal cancer

Nine medical, medtech, or health-related projects in Galway have been awarded more than €30 million in funding announced this week. The projects, which include new therapies and treatments to tackle cancer and arthritis, have received backing from the third round of the Disruptive Technologies Fund. A consortium including Mirai Medical is one such group receiving funding. In conjunction with Excelsys Technologies, National University of Ireland Galway, Trinity College Dublin and National University of Ireland Cork (UCC), Mirai Medical are working towards an outpatient solution without side effects to deliver next-generation therapeutic and gene therapies for gastrointestinal cancer. They received just under €5million to support their work.

This information came from Galway Daily.

Irish sports store McSport launches two new fitness kits

Irish sports store McSport has just brought out two new fitness kits to help people get fit at home. The first one is the Hit Fitness Cast Iron Kettlebell Set, which contains three cast iron kettlebells; 8kg, 10kg and 12kg. The second set is the Hit Fitness Circuit Training Pack, a complete strength and conditioning kit which contains a studio mat, a 10kg cast iron kettlebell, a pair of 7kg rubber studio dumbbells and a balance board. If you check out McSport’s Instagram @mcsportireland, you can get tips from Hit Fitness Ireland brand trainer Nathalie Lennon for using each piece of equipment in the kits.

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West Cork beauty company launches deodorant refill

Irish brand Modern Botany recently released their award-winning all-natural deodorant in a 500ml refill size. The refill is said to contain a year's supply and represent a saving of 24%. The company was founded by pharmacognosist, Dr. Simon Jackson and his partner John Murray. The company is known for its robust sustainability credentials, producing a small range of unisex, multipurpose products that are sustainably packaged. You can buy the refill online here.

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Flying Tumbler ready to launch second and third releases

Independent Irish whiskey bottler, Flying Tumbler, is getting ready to launch its second and third whiskies, following on from the success of its first whiskey, The Bird. The company specialises in sourcing whiskey spirit from distilleries across Ireland, and then bottling everything themselves in bond at Carlow Brewing Company. The upcoming releases have been blended with the help of students in the Brewing and Distilling programme at IT Carlow. You can preregister for the upcoming releases here.

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Burren Slow Food Festival celebrates The Fertile Rock

Founded by Birgitta Curtin of the Burren Smokehouse over 15 years ago, the Burren Slow Food Festival is a platform to promote the best of the Burren’s produce, recognised as a highlight of the food calendar both in Ireland and internationally. The theme of this year's festival is the ‘Fertile Rock of the Burren’, which will see producers and chefs come together in a series of online collaborations. The series will be broadcast live on Facebook from the 29th April to the 5th May at 7pm each evening and will be hosted by Tina O’ Dwyer of The Tourism Space. 

Festival regular John McKenna of McKenna Guides, will set the scene with a short introduction, which will be followed by lively discussions between producers and chefs, along with food tastings. Each event will be wrapped up with traditional Irish music performed by the Burren’s finest local musicians. Geologist Eamon Doyle from the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark will also feature, providing insights into the fertile landscape of the Burren which has long been known for its quality of beef and lamb, thanks to a unique and ancient system of farming.

The event will be available on Facebook from April 29th to 5th May and available on YouTube and on after the event has taken place. The event is sponsored by Calor Bio LPG with support from the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine.

This information came from the Clare Herald.

Greenheart CBD is donating a portion of its sales to suicide charity

Until the 16th May, Greenheart CBD is donating 10% of all sales to Friends of Suicide Loss (FOSL), which provides support for those bereaved by suicide. They are also asking customers to screenshot their purchase, and use the hashtag #strongertogether to see how many people are supporting the cause. The company offers a range of high-quality hemp and flax oils, with full traceability from seed to shelf. For more information about CBD oils and Greenheart CBD projects, you can visit their website here.

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That's it for this week, be sure to come back next week 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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