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  • Gin… A brief history, Are we going through another Gin Craze?

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    Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

    Gin has made a comeback, Are we going through another Gin Craze and why? Written & Published by Lorna O'Driscoll [caption id="attachment_80813169" align="alignleft" width="199"] In the 17th Century Gin was sold in chemist shops to treat stomach complaints, gout and gallstones[/caption] Gin has been around since the middle ages.  The first gin has been traced back to Holland in the early 17th century. It was used as medicine and sold in Chemists to treat stomach complaints, gout and gallstones.  To make it more palatable the Dutch flavoured it with juniper berries, which also had medicinal properties of its own. [caption

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  • The Irish Whiskey Academy, Midleton

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    Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

    Our Experience at Midleton Distillery Written by Conor Murray (Manager of our Ballincollig Store)  Published by Lorna O'Driscoll Upon arriving at the Midleton Distillery, as a guest, you are immediately hit by the vastness of the project. Buses shuttling tourists flow continuously in and out the gates, while large stone brick buildings stretch into the distance. This is no small scale affair, this is the home of iconic Irish whiskies and in particular, Irish Pot Still Whiskey. A group of twelve whiskey enthusiasts from the off trade, including Pawel Janus from our Oliver Plunkett street store and myself, eagerly assembled

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  • We should support The Public Health Alcohol Bill

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    Friday, February 19th, 2016

    General Election 2016 – The Public Health Alcohol Bill   O’Donovan’s Off Licence group is a family owned business, based in Cork City and County. We employ over 120 people across our 16 stores, and we are always trying to expand but…… Over the last number of years, it has been a tough struggle to compete with the larger supermarkets, and their irresponsible pricing. With the General Election fast approaching, we have 1 Key message to all candidates…. The Public Health Alcohol Bill, needs to be passed sooner rather than later. The bill was side tracked till after the general election,

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  • How to win the Wine World Cup.

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    Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

    Win the Wine World Cup with O ‘Donovan’s. (more…)

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  • Drinking Wine At Bedtime Can Help You Lose Weight

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    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

    The best wine study yet If you’re trying to lose weight and always like a sweet snack at bedtime maybe have a glass of wine instead. So a recent study tells us and we appreciate the advice greatly. Researchers at Harvard University studied 20,000 women over a 13-year period and found that those who drank half a bottle of wine (about two glasses) daily reduced their risk of obesity. In addition, studies have revealed that drinking red wine can help burn fat. So tell us how can this good news wine story be so? Sounds crazy but good. The reason

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  • Gary o’ Donovan takes over as Chairperson of the National Off Licence Association

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    Friday, April 10th, 2015

    O’Donovan believes that product knowledge is essential to success in the independent off-trade. “Unless you know the product, you can’t sell it,” he says. He became a member of the Champagne Academy in 1994 and was awarded the WSET Diploma in 1995. He is responsible for the very successful Annual Cork Wine Fair and opened the Cork Wine School in 2010, after 15 years lecturing for the Wine Development Board of Ireland. Gary has also travelled widely across all the major wine regions. As the youngest of Joe O’Donovan’s four children, he hadn’t intended joining the family business. O’Donovan graduated

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