The 2019 45th Anniversary Edition of Ireland’s Blue Book has launched

The greats of Ireland’s tourism, travel, hospitality and culinary industry gathered together in The Merrion Hotel to celebrate 45 years of Ireland’s Blue Book on Wednesday November 21. Six new properties were unveiled for 2019, bringing to 56 the total number of members of this exquisite collection of country house hotels, manor houses, castles and restaurants located throughout…

The Cork Chocolate Dinner is this weekend!

Cork will host a major chocolate themed dinner this Friday night! On Friday November 23, the annual Cork Chocolate Dinner will take place with guest chefs cooking individual courses featuring chocolate in a subtle way. The dinner is part of the Cork Chocolate and Baking Weekend, which will return to The Cork International Hotel on…

Oksana Shadrina and Miceál O’Hurley – ‘Success is as much about perseverance as perfection, and origination far more than imitation’

Oksana Shadrina and Miceál O’Hurley founded Fantastic Flavours Ice Cream Parlour during the economic downturn after the Celtic Tiger and built their brand and reputation, and nurtured their award-winning success, one day at a time. Tell us about founding Fantastic Flavours Ice Cream Parlour?  Miceál: In the aftermath of the Celtic Tiger many people lost everything,…