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A new distillery is planned for Donegal - Members' News - Week 31 - 2021

Aug 1, 2021, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland members' news for week 31 2021. This week, a new distillery is planned for Donegal and a gym opens in Bray to help cancer patients. Read on for more.

Waterford food festival returns with a week-long celebration

The Waterford Harvest Festival, one of Ireland’s leading food festivals, returns this September with a citywide celebration of all things food and drink. The festival takes place from September 6-12, with a full week of dining-out experiences, seasonal dishes, local producer collaborations and more. Organised by Waterford City and County Council, the Waterford Harvest Festival will celebrate the food and drink producers, chefs and food champions of Waterford and the south-east. The full programme of events will be finalised over the next few weeks with both free and ticketed events. GS1 Ireland member, Blackwater Distillery, is scheduled to take part, among others. 

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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.

Sodalicious -  "Limerick’s home of soda bread and scones"


Wix and Wax Ireland - "Luxury home fragrances created and hand-poured in Ireland. Soy-based, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free."

Comfizone - "The Comfizone Group are Ireland's leading bedding manufacturer"

TMK Rugs 

Irish Garage Equipment - "Irish Garage Equipment Ltd are Ireland's leading online retailer of Garage Equipment"

Compass Catering Services Ireland 

Irish Party Supplies - "Irish Party Supplies are Ireland's largest party wholesale and distribution company"

Burr Vegan Ice Cream - "Burr is not an ice cream alternative - it's an ice cream improvement."

West Ireland Art - "A small sustainable and climate-conscious business"

First set of finalists in the  EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards announced

The first four of eight nominees in the Emerging category of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award have been announced by The Irish Times and there are two GS1 Ireland members among them. The awards are run in association with Julius Baer, Enterprise Ireland, Invest NI, The Irish Times and Newstalk. The finalists will compete to become the EY Entrepreneur of the Year at a ceremony later this year. Sisters Lisa and Vanessa Creaven who founded Spotlight Oral Care were shortlisted as well as John Browne of Kastus, a business in the field of antimicrobial surface coatings and additives. Congratulations and best of luck to all of the nominees.

This information came from The Irish Times

Murphy’s Ice Cream collaborates with Keogh’s Crisps

Murphy’s Ice Cream, Dingle, have collaborated with Keogh’s Crisps for a unique limited-edition release. For one week only, Murphy’s Ice Cream will have a special edition to their menu. Customers will be able to purchase Murphy's brown bread ice cream topped with Keogh’s Sweet Chilli Crispy Bits, strawberry ice cream with Keogh’s Salt & Vinegar bits, or mango sorbet teamed with Cheese & Onion crispy bits. The new ice cream / crisp combinations will be available in-store from Monday, 9th August until Sunday 15th of August. Prices start from €5 for two scoops.

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Velo Coffee to be stocked in selected Tesco stores 

Velo Coffee roasters have secured a nationwide listing with supermarket giant, Tesco Ireland. The company, founded in 2017 by Rob Horgan, will supply nine products to selected Tesco stores across Ireland. With recyclable packaging and Rainforest Alliance certified coffee, Velo Coffee Roasters is committed to advancing environmental sustainability within its business and in preparation for this listing, Velo Coffee designed a new range of fully recyclable coffee bags. They are the first range of coffee bags available on retail shelves in Ireland to be fully recyclable. The listing with Tesco is another big step for the Cork company, which employs 12 people in the county.

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New distillery planned for Donegal

James Doherty of Sliabh Liag Distillers raised €2.3 million in 2020 through crowdfunding and plans to raise a further €3 million to fund the new 'Ardara Distillery', near the tip of Donegal. The new facility, which is currently under construction, is expected to start distilling in October. The business is planning to raise a further €3 million through the launch of a cask programme which will allow customers to purchase one of the first 600 casks produced at the new facility. Sliabh Liag, which makes both gin and whiskey, was founded back in 2014 when Doherty decided he wanted to revive one of the oldest Donegal traditions; hard, smoky whiskey. Backed by Enterprise Ireland, sales more than doubled in the last year and the firm now sells its Silkie whiskey brand in 33 countries worldwide. When the new distillery is completed, it will be the first whiskey distillery in Donegal for nearly two hundred years.

This information came from the Business Post

The Naked Collective launches So.Beer in Canada

The Naked Collective (TNC), has launched their non-alcoholic beer, So.Beer in Canada. For the Canadian market, TNC drinks partnered with Blackburn Brewhouse in Niagara Falls, where they are brewing So.Beer Refresh (0.3% abv) and So.Beer Grapefruit (0.3%), two alcohol-free lagers. The beers retain all of the naturally occurring vitamins and minerals from the brewing process, plus the addition of TNC’s ImmunoBoost Formula, utilizing 250mg of Beta Glucan, which improves general immune health and combats the effects of stress, as demonstrated in 50 clinical studies. 

This information came from Canadian Beer News.

Purple House Cancer Support opens rehab gym

Purple House Cancer Support Centre in Bray Co. Wicklow has opened a new cancer rehabilitation gym in Bray, Co. Wicklow. The facility is for cancer patients to aid in their physical recovery from treatment and surgery. The service is run by a team of physiotherapists with a specialism in cancer rehab. Patients will have the opportunity to take part in one-to-one as well as group sessions at the gym. The new facility was made possible thanks to a huge fundraising effort which was lead by 18-year-old cancer survivor Dylan Lynch. The gym is the latest addition to the new Purple House Cancer Support Centre in Bray, which also features cancer counselling and therapy rooms, a children’s sensory area and therapy room, cancer survivorship classrooms, a coffee shop, a drop-in facility and a therapy garden. 

This information came from the Independent.

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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