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Newly launched Muckross gin “in Vogue”

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By Michelle Crean

A newly launched unique gin is not only a sweet success locally but also internationally after being featured in Vogue Magazine!

And not only that but Muckross Gin, established in Killarney in 2020 by Andrea Kissane and Martin Wray, has already picked up a silver medal in the design category at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

The couple are now working with Classic Drinks as their Irish distributor and say they are excited to be pouring in more bars and restaurants, and to be on shelves in more retail outlets, across the country this year.

"We were delighted to be included in the British Vogue 'New Picks for 2022'," Andrea told the Killarney Advertiser. "It's lovely to receive the recognition and the support that comes with it. But what's been even more important to us is the support that we've received locally from retailers and customers. Nothing can compare to that."

Muckross Gin is a small batch which is big on botanicals, she added.

"Muckross Wild Irish Gin is distilled in Ireland with all 10 botanicals; hawthorn, blackthorn, heather, rosehip, rosemary, bitter orange, grapefruit, juniper, angelica and coriander, placed in the still at the same time, and then bottled at 40% ABV to make it a perfect London Dry style spirit.

Speaking about the San Francisco award she said that they were thrilled to get it because their detailed branding was a labour of love.

"The custom-designed bottle is tactile and is embossed with striking designs that include a secret toast on the base of the bottle. The centrepiece of the label was inspired by the bold architecture of Muckross House itself, specifically the windows on the top floor of the house. And the specially commissioned illustration celebrates the wild vistas of this special pocket of the world. This feedback gave us so much encouragement that we had truly made our brand vision come to life, and it was a real kudos for such a new brand to be recognised in this way."

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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