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Part Three: Irish food and drink producers worth getting to know

There’s something pretty special about the food and drink we create on the island of Ireland and what better way to celebrate it than to support of local produce.

In part three of my continuing series, I’m looking at even more producers in Ireland that deserve a mention.

Here are five more food producers that are worth checking out and tasting (link to previous features at the bottom):

Knockdrinna Cheese

Say cheese! Based in Stonyford in Kilkenny, these cheese lovers produce food that’s full of flavour.


The artisan cheeses are hand ladled using locally sourced goat, cow, and sheep’s milk, and they also run cheese-making courses on the last Saturday of every month (as a cheese fiend, this is right up my alley).

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/knockdrinna

Arún Bakery

Sourdough lovers ahoy! If you’re looking for quality bakers and bread, you need to head along to Arún Bakery in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7.


Run by Peter Flynn and Vlad Rainis, they’re creating a sourdough bread revolution across Dublin with mountains of loaves being produced each day.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arun-Bakery/126244674149453?fref=ts
Website: http://arunbakery.ie/

Improper Butter

For those who are looking to jazz up their meals – Improper Butter is where it’s at!


Combining grass-fed Irish creamery butter with the freshest of ingredients and with flavours like garlic, flat leaf parsley and blue cheese, the small but simple range adds to a meal.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Improper-butter/262881220520452?sk=info&ref=page_internal
Website: http://www.improperbutter.com/

Green Warrior

Developed by Ballymaloe-trained, Carolanne Rushe, Green Warrior is a new line of raw plant-based wholefood products.


From treats to super salads, you can find her products at Strandhill People’s Market, every Sunday or at Kate’s Kitchen in Sligo.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenWarriorSligo

Murphy’s Ice Cream

Handmade in Dingle, using dairy from Kerry’s finest cows, Murphy’s Ice Cream is in one word: divine. You can spy these scoops of joy on Strand St. in Dingle, Main St. in Killarney, and Wicklow St. in Dublin.


They come in a variety of flavours, covering the more unusual tastes in the ice cream scale. My personal favourite combination is Sea Salt and Honeycomb – amazing.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MurphysIceCream
Website: http://www.murphysicecream.ie/

Part One: The Cupcake Bloke, Corleggy Cheeses, Newgrange Gold, Keogh’s Farm, The Wild Irish Foragers and Preservers.

Part Two: Arbutus Bakery, Killowen Farm, Bellingham Blue, Irish Bee Sensations and Tastefully Yours.

I’m always on the hunt for companies to feature on site. If you think this could be something you’d like, drop me an email to unaminh[at]gmail[dot]com with the name of your company – or who you’re representing – where you’re based and I’ll see what I can do! (Subject line: Feature on Spill the Beans)

(Images via company Facebook pages)

Survey reveals that average Dublin drinker spends €81 on a night out

The Behaviour and Attitudes survey, conducted on behalf of the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA), has revealed that the average pub goer in Dublin spends close to €100 on a night out.

According to the survey which was conducted amongst 500 Dubliners, a night out could result in €81 out of your pocket, with unsurprisingly alcohol making up the majority of the spend.

Other expenditure included, food (23%), taxis (13%), nightclub entry and for families – a babysitter (7%).

Six out of ten of people surveyed remarked that being on social media in a pub was highly anti-social, but 60% noted that good wi-fi was important.

The Chief Executive of the LVA Donall O’Keeffe, said that while the vast majority of people came to pubs to meet up with their friends, sport on television, played a part too – though controversial.

Close to one in five people said that a TV should never be on in a pub, though when it came to sport 47% of men believe that it should be switched on for a sporting event, with only 29% of women agreeing.

“The figures suggest that for iconic matches like Ireland in the Six Nations Rugby Championship final, everyone wants to watch it. But for your run-of-the-mill Premiership matches, women don’t care about these,” O’Keeffe added.

When asked what companies could do to attract more customers, respondents said they should increase drink and food promotions, improve the food offering, create a decent atmosphere, reduce prices and provide entertainment.

(Image via Wikimedia Commons/psyberartist)