Archive of March, 2020
We hope everyone is keeping safe, washing hands vigorously and staying home. Our thoughts are with the brave health and emergency services as well as supermarket and pharmacy workers.
If you are running low on Bertha supplies, there are lots of options online - no need to venture out. The link below will find an online stockist in your jurisdiction. ☘️🐄
The effects of the Coronavirus on countries and communities across the world have been harsh, destructive and swift. It has now arrived in Ireland, and since last Thursday we have seen at first-hand how quickly and thoroughly a pandemic such as this can change the status quo in society.
The health of our communities is paramount, and we applaud the excellent work of the medical personnel in all jurisdictions, together with other front line agencies, as they endeavour to diagnose, treat and heal those of us who are vulnerable or who have been infected.
We understand and support the state-led call for containment and social distancing. This is the right thing to do. However, the short to medium term economic, social and mental consequences will be serious at best, if not devastating.
We are a small business, and the effective closure of the hospitality sector in Ireland and abroad will result in straightened times for us in the weeks and months ahead. We remain open for business and fully intend to weather this storm, but it will be difficult. Yet whilst we face up to the severity of our own situation, our thoughts and prayers are also with our wide network of friends, customers and suppliers in the food, drink and hospitality sector, both here in Ireland, but also across the globe, who have had to make much more painful decisions than us over the last 72 hours.
We will come through this painful time together. Social distancing, or even social isolation, does not mean social exclusion. The elastic is stretched, but we are still connected. Socially, economically, nationally and internationally – we are connected. This is the bedrock of our strength and fortitude in the face of adversity.
Look after yourselves, your families and your communities. Support local business. And whenever possible keep on drinking gin!
To your health!
Antony & Justin
We are delighted to be included in this impressive line-up. Thank you gents!
“Of course, we’re not against Guinness – even Bey likes the ‘G’ – and we’ve nothing but good stuff to say about ‘The Black Stuff’. But we’re here to tell you that Ireland’s drink game goes way beyond stout; there’s more that Ireland produces than that… Across the Emerald Isle, the craft brewery and small batch spirit distillery business is booming. Not just selling locally, this huge market is getting more and more fledgling players finding a national and even international audience! Here are a few suggestions to wet your whistle.”
We are delighted to be included in the “5 Irish Craft Spirits for your St. Patrick’s Day Drinks” by The Crafty Cask as US-based drinks blog.
The Crafty Cask celebrates all things craft alcohol. It’s as simple as that. From the people, to the art and science of the craft itself to unique approaches to industry innovations. If it’s related to craft alcohol and there’s an interesting story behind it, they are celebrating it and sharing it.
We are delighted with this review by Catherine Cleary writing for the Irish Times Weekend Magazine on Saturday, 7th March 2020.
“Ballyvolane House is a lovely way to experience the food from home.”
The verdict: A big house showcasing how home-cooked food can be done
Food provenance: Excellent. Fitzgerald’s lamb, those Garryhinch mushrooms and Macroom buffalo cheese among the names
9 out of 10.