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Brehon bar at knockranny house hotel
The Brehon Bar at Knockranny House Hotel & Spa.

The Weekly Round-Up

Everything you need to know for the week ahead.


Looking for something to do this week? We have a few ideas for you.

Read on to find out about events taking place around the country this week, new menus, festivals, news and more. 

Paint By The Pints At Guinness Open Gate Brewery

Thursday, 14th November and Thursday, 21st November

Following on from the recent popularity of paint and prosecco nights that have taken place around the city this year, Guinness Open Gate Brewery has announced it will host two Paint By the Pints evenings this month. Guests will be treated to exciting new limited-edition beers while recreating iconic images from the vast Guinness archives. All materials will be provided and guests will get to take their masterpiece home on the night. Even better, each completed painting will translate into a donation to the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, so you'll be doing good while having fun. Tickets cost €28 and can be purchased here.  

l'Ecrivain At The Castle

Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th at Dromoland Castle, Co Clare

This week, Dromoland Castle is set to host a one-off evening with Derry Clarke of Michelin-starred restaurant l'Ecrivain. Executive Head Chef at Dromoland Castle, David McCann and his brigade of chefs will team up with Derry to create an exclusive six-course tasting menu inspired by local producers paired with six wines selected by the Castle's head sommelier, Ian Scott.

The l'Ecrivain package includes two nights luxurious bed and breakfast, as well as the dining experience, from €540 per person. To book your l’Ecrivain at the Castle Weekend or for more information on Dromoland Castle, visit http://dromoland.ie or call (061) 368 144.

Gastronomy And Astronomy Weekend 

Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th at Knockranny House Hotel

Knockranny House Hotel & Spa is promising a feast for all the senses this weekend with its gastronomy and astronomy weekend, which will include a delicious meal at La Fougère, two nights accommodation with breakfast plus a guided night safari. The night safari will be expertly hosted by Terra Firma who will guide guests through a tour of the dark skies of Mayo. Prices start from €205 and can be booked by calling 098 28600 or visiting knockrannyhousehotel.ie.

La Fougère at Knockranny House Hotel.
La Fougère at Knockranny House Hotel.

Kepak Group To Serve Sunday Roasts To The Simon Community

We were excited to get some good news from Kepak Group yesterday, one of the country's largest meat producers, as it was announced that the company will donate a range of beef, lamb, pork and chicken products to Simon Community locations around Dublin, Cork and Limerick once a week for the next year. Fresh meat is one of the biggest costs for the Simon Community, so this initiative should save the charity thousands of euro, which can be put to good use elsewhere. Click here for more information on the Simon Community or here for more info about the Kepak Group. 

Nick Munier at the launch of the Kepak Sunday Roast initiative.
Nick Munier at the launch of the Kepak Sunday Roast initiative.

Garnet, New Cognac Barrel-Aged Beer, Launched By Rye River Brewing Company

It's been a great year for Rye River Brewing Company, which won an unprecedented 21 awards at the World Beer Awards 2019. Now, the company is set to end the year on a high with its new Garnet beer, which is an Imperial Brown Ale that has been aged in Cognac barrels for seven months, resulting in a 9.5 per cent ABV beer with a 10 year shelf life. A 750ml bottle is available at select off licences around the country, with special limited-edition gift-boxed versions available for €19.99. Only 2,080 bottles of this premium beer were brewed so get your hands on it while you can.