Rare bottle of old Irish whiskey to go up for auction

Rare bottle of old Irish whiskey to go up for auction

The 1880s bottle of Cassidy & Co Monasterevin whiskey was matured by the Cassidy family.

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Liquid gold: Top eight luxury olive oils

Summer's bounty of green leaves, tomatoes and herbs makes for the easiest meals to eat whatever the weather.

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Calls for Government to cut excise on alcohol

There is a call on the Government to cut the excise tax on alcohol.

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Drinks industry calls for 15% reduction of excise tax on alcohol

The drinks industry is calling on the Government to reduce the excise tax on alcohol by 15% over the next two years in a bid to prevent the closure of pubs and off-licences.

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Students going on foreign holidays should be careful on first night, Alcohol Action Ireland warn

Students celebrating the end of their exams by jetting off on a post-Leaving Cert holiday are advised to avoid a wild ‘first night - all nighter’ when they arrive.

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Calls for minimum alcohol pricing in Ireland following drop in Scottish sales

The introduction of minimum pricing has been credited with the drop in alcohol sales in Scotland last year - with lobby groups here calling for Ireland to follow suit.

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Report shows the extent of binge drinking among young Irish people

During Men's Health Week, Drinkaware will be highlighting their new campaign – Change the Trend, to improve the health and well being of young Irish men.

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HSE defends using children to catch retailers selling alcohol to minors

The HSE has defended using children in sting operations to catch retailers who are selling alcohol to underage customers.

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Blacks Brewery and Distillery launches whiskey investment fund with guaranteed returns

Kinsale firm Blacks Brewery and Distillery believes it has come up with a way for investors to combine their love of Irish whiskey and a desire for a market bet.

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7 things you didn’t know about sparkling wine

Even fizz fanatics will find these facts surprising, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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Public Health chief says alcohol laws should limit licenced premises

The Director of Public Health for the south of Ireland has said future alcohol laws should look to restrict the number of new licenced premises in problem drinking areas.

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A sparkling reception: Interest in Prosecco bubbles up in masterclass

Prosecco may be Italy’s answer to Champagne, but is it a girly drink or a serious business? Ellie O’Byrne raises a flute at a masterclass at Ireland’s first Prosecco festival.

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Report shows one in five Irish adults classed as hazardous drinkers

21% of Irish adults are classified as hazardous drinkers, according to the 2019 Drinkaware Index.

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Few know or care about safe drinking, report shows

More than a third of under-25s are binge-drinking on a weekly basis, a new report on the country’s drinking habits has found.

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World Whiskey Day: Why more women should become Master Blenders, according to this Irish expert

Alex Thomas of The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey tells Sam Wylie-Harris how women can get a foot in the door of this male dominated industry.

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Wine with Leslie Williams

Italy has been neglected on this page of late but I promise to make up for this in the next few weeks as I have two trips planned — one to Tuscany and one to the Veneto.

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Here’s why you should be drinking citrus gins

And why oranges and lemons lend themselves so well to the spirit, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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Ireland’s first alcohol-free bar to open in Dublin

The Virgin Mary, in Dublin’s Capel Street, will open today with an extensive list of cocktails, wine, beers and spirits, all with zero alcohol.

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Just 'gin' time for summer: First look at Kopparberg's new strawberry and lime gin

Swedish cider brand Kopparberg is launching a new product: a strawberry and lime gin, just in time for summer.

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Carlsberg has strong start with Asian sales boost

Carlsberg joined Heineken in reporting a strong start to the year as Asian revenue surged, helped by the acquisition of Cambrew, a Cambodian brewer.

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Carlsberg lager ‘probably not’ the best in the world, brewer admits

The Danish company has used mean comments about the taste of the old beer to launch a new recipe.

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Tippling point: When parents drink too much at home

When we think of Communion season, we think of happy little girls in frilly white dresses and boys in their Sunday best - we don’t associate this religious celebration with sozzled parents.

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Moderate alcohol use ‘could be important for brain health’

The diet also emphasised eating fruit, pulses, vegetables, low-fat dairy and fish and avoiding common unhealthy food.

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Pernod eyes ‘green’ growth

Drinks group Pernod Ricard, which is being targeted by activist investor Elliott, is banking that its push into socially and environmentally sound business practices will boost its growth in the coming decade.

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Teeling Whiskey wins big at World Whiskies Awards

Teeling Whiskey have won a top award for their 24 Years Old Vintage Reserve at the World Whiskies Awards 2019.

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Here’s what you need to know about ‘alcosynth’

Imagine getting drunk, without any of the insidious side-effects of alcohol.

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Funny and wise: Take inspiration from these famous drinking quotes

Fashions come and go, but most of us still love to have a drink in our hand – and so did these historical figures, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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Rise in ‘severe’ alcohol use, say experts

Growing numbers of people have developed a “severe” alcohol problem by the time they seek treatment, an official report shows.

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Health body sees rise in numbers being treated for alcohol dependency

The number of people treated for alcohol dependency in Ireland in 2017, decreased slightly with a total of 7,653 cases.

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Debate: Should you drink in front of your children?

Suzanne Harrington and Pat Fitzgerald debate whether or not you should drink in front of your children.

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Wine with Leslie Williams: Focus on Languedoc

This week I want to focus on the wines of the Languedoc which covers a vast area of vineyards growing both varietal wines to suit international tastes but also quirky local wines unique to the region. The terrain here can vary from wild rocky garrigue to Mediterranean to more Atlantic.

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Sobering news about alcohol: Drinking may shorten teens’ lives

Drinking may shorten teens’ lives Irish adolescent girls have one of the highest levels of binge drinking in the world, according to a global study revealed in The Lancet, a respected medical journal.

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Irish teen girls near top of global binge drinking table

Irish adolescent girls have one of the highest levels of binge drinking in the world, according to a new global study.

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Wine with Leslie Williams: The two very distinctive categories of wine

The world of wine falls into two very distinct categories — the big brands making easy drinking accessible wines to please as many as possible, and the smaller producers that make wines in their own way and as best they can but with little or no thought to what the market wants — if they like it, why shouldn’t others?

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Irish rum scoops international award in London

Spike Island Rum, produced by Waterford Company Anchor Spirits Ireland, has been awarded a Gold Medal at the Global Rum & Cachaca Masters run by The Spirits Business in the UK.

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'It destroys families': Sister of mother-of-two, 41, who died from alcohol addiction

The family of a mother-of-two who collapsed and died last week are hoping that they can help others battling alcohol addiction.

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Lord Mayor: 'I won't apologise for reaching out to the people of Dublin, I'm delighted we ran out of beer'

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring has defended the amount of alcohol which has been consumed at the Mansion house during his tenure in office.

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Wine with Leslie Williams

Leslie Williams I have good news and bad news this week — the bad news is that the SuperValu French wine sale is no more, but the good news is that it has been replaced with a Spanish Sale.

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Irish gin is growing in popularity – 4 great distilleries to visit

Here’s where to head for the best botanical hit, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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Beer before wine and you'll feel fine? No you won't says new study

Plenty of us have been there: waking up after a night out with a thumping headache, feeling sick and swearing never to touch alcohol again. If only there were a way to prevent these terrible hangovers, says Kai Hensel.

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Hunger Games actor reveals he was an ‘instant addict’ to alcohol aged 14

The actor has spoken about his difficult past as he urged people struggling with addiction to seek help.

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Like a glass of wine (or three) on a flight? Here’s what booze actually does to your body in the air

Alcohol has a different effect on your body in the air than on the ground. Lauren Taylor looks into the short-term impact of boozing while flying.

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Jameson parent sets margin targets

Jameson whiskey-owner Pernod Ricard, which is being targeted by US activist investor Elliott, vowed to improve profit margins and shareholders’ returns in a new three-year plan.

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People should not rely on off-the-shelf breathalysers to check their alcohol levels, says DrinkAware

People are being urged against relying on off-the-shelf breathalysers to detect alcohol.

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New campaign bids to tell the stories of those who grew up in Ireland with parental alcohol misuse

Some 400,000 people in Ireland today are adult children from alcohol-impacted families, according to a lobby group, while HSE figures show roughly 200,000 young children are likely experiencing the harm associated with living with parental alcohol misuse.

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Initiative to study affect of parental alcohol misuse on children

A new initiative is being launched today aimed at highlighting the impact parental alcohol misuse has on children.

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Silent Voices alcohol abuse campaign ‘not about judging parents’

The organisation behind a new campaign aimed at tackling the trauma endured by the children of those who abuse alcohol say the initiative is not about judging parents, but ending an ongoing cycle of harmful drinking.

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Whiskey tourism could be hit by cancer label bottle law, sector warns

The Irish Whiskey Association has toasted a bumper year for distillery visitor numbers but has warned of challenges ahead in 2019.

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Government to press ahead with minimum alcohol pricing plans

The government is set to press ahead with minimum unit pricing for alcohol, despite previously indicating that the measure would be introduced at the same time as Northern Ireland.

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Half of GPs say they're ineffective in treating problem drinkers

Almost half of Irish GPs believe they are ineffective in helping problem drinkers.

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Want to drink less rather than give up? These drinks have a lower abv

Check out these ‘low’ tipples to refresh the taste buds in between those dry days, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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Going global: Irish producers show true spirit to take a shot

From Kinsale and Clonakilty in West Cork to Donegal via Dublin City, gin producers are cropping up across the country eyeing an ever-increasingly popular market, writes Olivia Kelleher.

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Why the all-island drinks industry dreads a no-deal Brexit

Ireland’s drinks industry continues to prosper. It is one of the country’s most dynamic sectors, driven by innovation and growing demand in export markets.

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Dry January ‘decoy’ effect ‘not a fix-all solution for problem drinkers’

People should be aware of their consumption all year round, says doctor

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Exports of Irish cream liqueur continue to rise

Exports of Irish cream liqueur rose this year while Irish sales also increased.

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Why do hangovers get worse in your 30s?

December is work hangover central – an expert explains why it’s harder to cope as you age.

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6 pubs that are doing things differently, and where to find them

With the conventional street corner boozer under near-constant threat, these establishments are redefining what the word ‘pub’ can mean.

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Almost half of Irish drinkers consuming alcohol at high-risk level

48% of Irish drinkers are consuming alcohol at a level that is putting their health at increasing or high risk, new research shows.

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Wine with Leslie Williams: Rhône Wine Week

I was supposed to be writing a different column this week but then Rhône Wine Week happened.

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Alcohol Awareness Week: How to talk to your children about alcohol

One in six parents let their children drink alcohol by the age of 14 – Drinkaware says talking to them about the risks is crucial. Here’s how…

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