The Story of Us

The Story of Us brings you closer to the tight-knit community of people behind the drinks and hospitality industry. These are their stories, their jobs, their heritage, and their ambitions.

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The Story of Us Series – Episode Three

“For Cork itself, the amount of families this brewery as sustained over the years is incredible”

Barry Hosford, brewing supervisor at the Leitrim Street Brewery, Cork.

The Story of Us Series – Episode Two

“In a way, I’ve grown up in the drinks industry and from my perspective, it has really evolved in the past five years.”

Henry Donnelly, distiller at the Midleton Micro Distillery.

The Story of Us Series – Episode One

“Our intention was always to employ as many local people as we could.”

Lisa Nealon, owner of Blue Bar in Skerries, Co Dublin

 

The People Behind the Industry

Jim Edwards of Kinsale: from local bar to award-winning gastropub 1000 620 Support Your Local

Jim Edwards of Kinsale: from local bar to award-winning gastropub

“My dad was a manager of a pub in Cork city. He overheard a conversation about a pub for sale in Kinsale, cycled down the next day, then borrowed money off his dad and took a punt on it.” Forty-seven years later, it’s clear the punt has paid off. New proprietor Liam Edwards says that…

From Hong Kong to Donegal: the 6,000-mile homecoming of Sliabh Liag distillery 800 534 Support Your Local

From Hong Kong to Donegal: the 6,000-mile homecoming of Sliabh Liag distillery

The founders of Sliabh Liag distillery, James and Moira Doherty “If we build something right, we could be building something that could be here for 200 years. That’s the kind of contribution we want to make,” says James Doherty, co-founder of the Sliabh Liag distillery in Co Donegal. Sliabh Liag, named after the eponymous mountain,…

Deborah Maher, Diageo.
New beer and new apps: how Diageo stays ahead of the curve 1200 675 Support Your Local

New beer and new apps: how Diageo stays ahead of the curve

Deborah Maher, Diageo Behind every old pub, upmarket bar and plush hotel is a network of suppliers. Diageo, one of Ireland’s largest drinks employers, helps to keep the country’s on-trade drinks businesses well stocked with beer and spirits, including favourites like Guinness, Johnnie Walker and Captain Morgan. Deborah Maher is Diageo’s Commercial Manager for Key…

Redmonds of Ranelagh: 75 years of off-licence innovation 900 563 Support Your Local

Redmonds of Ranelagh: 75 years of off-licence innovation

“We carry seven or eight different sakes.”   Times have changed for Redmonds of Ranelagh, the two-time winner of the National Off-Licence of the Year Award. Once, the family owners sold groceries and bottled their own Guinness in-store. Now, they sell hundreds of wines and beers, non-alcoholic gin, “seventeen or eighteen different bitters”, and, of…

Murty Rabbitt’s: A local pub steeped in gold, rebellion and community spirit 900 563 Support Your Local

Murty Rabbitt’s: A local pub steeped in gold, rebellion and community spirit

With origins in one of the great American gold rushes and a long history of famous visitors and support for local groups and sports clubs, Murty Rabbitt’s, located on Galway’s Forster Street just off the city’s iconic Eyre Square, is no ordinary pub. “The pub was bought in 1872 with gold from the 1849 San…

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