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Guinness: A Great Day for St James's Gate 10 Sep 2014

Today's official opening of the new Guinness production facility at the brand's St James's Gate site in the centre of Dublin stands in marked contrast to how the plot's future looked less than ten years ago. It is refreshing to see – for whatever reason - a plc the size of Diageo bowing to a brand's provenance, even if such nods are a rarity these days.

Comment - Jameson: Fishing Where the Fish Are 4 Jun 2014

At Pernod Ricard's Capital Markets Day, held at the Jameson distillery in Midleton, Ireland, today (4 June), it was all about Jameson.

Pernod Ricard: All eyes on Alex Ricard 3 Jun 2014

I am en-route to Cork this morning, to attend Pernod Ricard's annual Capital Markets Day. Tomorrow, I will join a wealth of analysts at a series of presentations by the company's leadership team.

just Five Years Ago: Ireland's alcohol clampdown 28 May 2014

The Republic of Ireland has long been tagged, for good or bad, as being a hard-drinking nation. The charity Alcohol Action Ireland claims that Irish adults "binge-drink" more than any of their European compatriots.

Comment - Spirits - The Irish Whiskey Association 22 Apr 2014

Earlier this month, the Irish Whiskey Association came into being. Ian Buxton looks at the category and considers why it is needed and what it will do.

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C&C Gleeson to handle Corona in Ireland 16 Jan 2015

Anheuser-Busch InBev has handed exclusive distribution rights for its Corona Extra and Corona Light brands in the Republic of Ireland to C&C Group's Gleeson unit.

Irish whiskey exports to US slow down - figures 15 Jan 2015

Growth in Irish whiskey exports to the US slowed last year, new figures from the Irish government have revealed.

C&C Group warns of lower FY profits as Q3 volumes 14 Jan 2015

C&C Group has warned its full-year operating profits will be lower than forecast after a fall in third-quarter volumes across its domestic and US units.

Diageo installs new Europe beer head 12 Jan 2015

Diageo has a new head of its European beer operations as the previous incumbent retired after around 30 years working with the Guinness brand.

Heineken, JD Wetherspoon settle Ireland dispute 5 Jan 2015

JD Wetherspoon has partially settled its dispute with Heineken following a falling-out over a supply issue in Ireland.

JD Wetherspoon cuts ties with Heineken 9 Dec 2014

Heineken has said it is “seeking a resolution” after pub operator JD Wetherspoon announced it has cut ties with the brewer over a supply issue in Ireland.

Teeling Whiskey readies Dublin distillery launch 8 Dec 2014

The Teeling Whiskey Co is expected to start operations at its new distillery in Dublin early next year.

Irish whiskey maker snaps up former Guinness site 2 Dec 2014

Diageo has sold its former Guinness brewery in Waterford to new Irish whiskey venture Renegade Spirits.

C&C Group H1 profits climb, but US struggles go on 29 Oct 2014

C&C Group has seen a healthy rise in half-year sales and profits helped by its domestic markets, but admitted its US performance was “disappointing”.

Irish industry welcomes duty freeze 17 Oct 2014

Drinks producers in Ireland have welcomed a freeze on alcohol duties, but warned that current levels remain “uncompetitive” and urged the government to reverse previous hikes.