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Galway based medtech company wins top innovation award - Members' News - Week 05 - 2021

Feb 2, 2021, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland's members' news for week  2021. Galway based medtech company wins the top prize in Irish Times Innovation Awards and Irish frozen food company makes it their mission to end vegetable poverty. Read on for more.

HidraMed Solutions wins top prize in Irish Times Innovation Awards

Galway-based medtech company HidraMed Solutions has won the Irish Times Innovation of the Year award for 2020. HidraMed Solutions developed a new dressing system for those living with skin disease, Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). HidraMed Solutions took the top prize in the Life Sciences & Healthcare category as well as the overall award.

The Innovation Awards 2020 are supported by The Irish Times in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, SkillnetIreland and the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. The prize for the overall winner is a communications package worth over €150,000 comprising advertising and promotion across the Business, Technology and Innovation pages and the Business online section. The UCD Smurfit School will provide the winner with an education scholarship.

Huge congratulations to HidraMed Solutions on their win.

This information came from 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.

Natural Medicine Company - "We import health products to Ireland and distribute them nationwide to Health Stores, Pharmacies and Healthcare Professionals."

Cherry Orchard Community Garden - "This initiative was set up by the Cherry Orchard Regeneration Board with funding from Dublin City Council."

Filter and Brew - "Handcrafted, unique and exciting range of teas, using the best possible ingredients."

Donegal Seaweed - "Developing and marketing the highest quality seaweed fertilizer products available anywhere in the world."

The Lash Boutique - "Multi-National Awards Winner - Best Lash Artist & Lash Educator"

Hot Chip Dublin - "Premium Cookie company"

Taste the View  - "A sales and distribution company focusing on Irish Artisan Food and Drinks."

LaraClere "Stylish unisex shoes."

Richardsons - "We source an extensive range of excellent quality fresh foods."

Purcell and Woodcock - "Purcell & Woodcock is a luxury lifestyle brand, offering affordable products to families that desire luxury for everyday living."

Briody Bedding - "The tradition of handmade bedding and furniture...using the latest in modern technology ensuring affordability never compromises quality."


Cre Coffee - "an eco-friendly and ethically sourced Irish coffee brand"

Thornhill Duck - "Award winning producer of farmed fresh duck"

Dargan Dental - "Floss Properly. Easily."

Superior Products and Minerals - "your one-stop shop for all Your COVID related supplies"

Inishowen Goats Products Limited

Rascals Brewing Company launch Valentine's 'Love Box'

Rascals Brewing Company have launched 'The Love Box' for Valentine's Day. The box contains eight Rascals beers; two Happy Days session pale ales, two Yankee White IPAs, two Jailbreak Helles lagers, and two Wunderbar IPAs. The box also comes with 16 Lily O'Brien's chocolates. Customers will also receive a QR code that will direct them to the perfect romantic playlist. The Love Box is €29.95 and can be purchased here. Rascals Brewing Co. will also be donating €1 from every webshop order during the month of February to NCBI Ireland.

At-home Valentine’s Gift Boxes from Stillgarden

Stillgarden Distillery has released three Valentine's Day gift boxes, ideal for celebrating Valentine’s Day either virtually or in-person.

The Cosmo Star-crossed Gift Box – €50

The Cosmo Star-crossed gift box contains Stillgarden’s Cosmo cocktail; a fruity and tart vodka cocktail with vibrant orange zestiness with a pink hue. The box also contains two glasses, two reusable straws, two premium mixers, Valentine’s card and two vouchers for the Stillgarden tour to be used at a later date.

Romantic Raspberry Soiree Gift Box – €50

This box contains Stillgarden’s version of the Raspberry Collins, made with Stillgarden Social Gin and raspberries. It also contains two glasses, two reusable straws, two premium mixers, a Valentine’s card and tour tickets.

O’Maro Amore Goft Box – €55

An Irish take on the classic aperitif, Stillgarden’s O’Maro Amore gift box contains O’Maro which is made using local ingredients of strawberry leaf, rosehip and raspberries. Accompanied with two glasses, two reusable straws, two premium mixers, Valentine’s card and garden tour tickets.

All of Stillgarden’s Gift Boxes are available to purchase from January 29th via their online shop. Same day delivery is available in Dublin for orders placed before noon on February 14th.

The Craft Irish Whiskey Co teams up with Faberge for new launch

The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. and Fabergé have partnered to release ‘The Emerald Isle Collection:’ a seven-piece, custom-made whiskey collection which celebrates the seven wonders of Ireland. As they explain, "With each of the seven bottles of ultra-rare, 30-year-old, triple distilled Irish whiskey, comes a bespoke Celtic iteration of the legendary handcrafted, Fabergé egg and an elegant 18-karat rose gold Altruist timepiece in a dark walnut experience box." You can email The Craft Irish Whiskey Company to find out more.

Ahascragh distillery plans expanded with more tourism offerings

McAllister Distillers Ltd is seeking planning permission to convert the former Brookside Footwear store at The Square, Ahascragh to a shop and café. As well as converting the existing building, an extension would also be built at the back of the property to accommodate an outdoor seating area. Along with the production of whiskey and other spirits, the development will include a tasting room and museum. This craft distillery will produce both whiskey and gin and will employ between 8 and 14 people when finished between making spirits and guiding tourists. A decision is due in February.

This information came from Galway Daily.

Strong Roots launch first frozen veg foodbank

The first frozen veggie foodbank was launched by Olympian Nicola Adams OBE in conjunction with Irish plant-based food company, Strong Roots, and online food donation platform, Bankuet, to fight vegetable poverty in the UK. Congratulations Strong Roots for this fantastic initiative!


The February release of the Blackwater Tasters Club

The first Blackwater Tasters box of 2021 has been announced, and it contains two brand new spirits: a blood orange gin, and a bittersweet spirit made especially for Valentine’s Day. As Blackwater says on their Instagram page, "The bold blood orange gin is made with juicy blood oranges taking the lead vocals, with bitter orange and sweet orange on the harmonies. A post distillation infusion of blood orange slices gives a bare hint of natural colour and a vibrant fresh orange palate." The box also includes 'Love Potion No 5 Spirit Drink' which is a "bitter-sweet liqueur containing pomegranate, finest grade saffron, five different sorts of peppercorns, pink roses, fresh citrus peel, cardamon". With each delivery, there’s an invitation for Blackwater Tasters Club members to join a virtual party with the Blackwater team to hear the stories behind the spirits, with a tasting and a demonstration of the suggested cocktails. A single Blackwater Tasting Club box is priced at €39.99, or subscribe for 6 months and get 3 boxes for €105, or save 23% with the 12-month membership giving you 6 boxes for €185. The closing date to sign up for the February release is 9th February. Signups are available now here.

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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