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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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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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