DONEGAL IS STEEPED IN TALENT SAYS COUNTY’S FOOD AMBASSADOR

first_imgDonegal is steeped in talent in the food sector and with some of the best produce the country has to offer, it’s only a matter of time before people begin to realise it.Gary, right, preparing some food with Donegal’s Community Chef Brian McDermott at the Taste of Donegal Food Festival.That’s according to the county’s Food Ambassador Gary O’Hanlon who is head chef at Viewmount Country House in Co. Longford and winner of the ‘Best Chef’ award for Leinster in the Irish Restaurant Awards in 2013.O’Hanlon was in Donegal at the weekend for the ‘A Taste of Donegal Food Festival’ when an estimated 35,000 visitors got a brief glimpse of the ongoing development of the food-sector in the county. Over 100 exhibitors made use of the opportunity to showcase their products to the huge audience and according to the county’s Food Ambassador to have a festival of such magnitude in Donegal is an indication of the growing importance of the food sector here.“To have a festival of this magnitude in Donegal is huge, I go to them all over the country, but this is fantastic for Donegal.“In conjunction with the whole Food Coast and Food Strategy it’s giving all these producers that we keep trying to get out there into market, a big platform in their own county to see exactly how successful they can be.”Carl Diver of Irish Natural Honey is one such producer. They launched their product ‘Active Irish Honey’ at the ‘A Taste of Donegal’ food festival last weekend and with huge interest from the public he was full of praise for the County Enterprise Board and The Food Coast for the help they had received in getting off the ground.Joe Doherty of Inishowen Country Kitchen described the support from The Food Coast as core to their success.“They have worked with us and invested in us and put in support systems to help us get our product into places like Tesco”Declan McConnellogue of The Haven Smokehouse in Carrigart, another new Donegal food business described the artisan food course organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board as having been invaluable and similar sentiments were echoed time and again by food businesses exhibiting last weekend.The county’s Food Ambassador, Gary O’Hanlon, said he is delighted that there is such investment now in food in Donegal. “We are going into our second year now with the whole Food Coast and Food Strategy and Eve Anne McCarron has come on board, it is really starting to drive it.“That’s just a whole department now within the County Enterprise Board and I tip my hat to them for investing and focusing upon food sector within the county.“At this stage we are starting to see more and more products developed and to see more and more businesses now come out the other end of it.“Just look for instance at the O’Rourke brothers, Enda and Gavin, they have years of experience between the two of them and even they needed the help. Even chefs of that level and calibre still need the help and the County Enterprise Board is there, all the people are there now within the whole food strategy to drive that on.” Community Chef Brian McDermott said he felt there is something happening and changing now in the county in terms of the food industry.“There is a real unity now in Donegal, I have to pay tribute to the agencies and to the Good Food Initiative from the Enterprise Board. Everyone has got behind this now collectively, the chefs, the producers and we are showcasing now on platforms like the Taste of Donegal Food Festival.“More importantly we needed that opportunity to do that. Maybe there’s a modesty around in Donegal in general but we are coming together and starting to shout and rightly so because we have some of the best produce this country has to offer.”That assertion is one shared by Gary O’Hanlon who says the Good Food Initiative and The Food Coast will lead to fantastic food opportunities for businesses here.“Donegal is steeped in talent, we have some of the best up and coming talents, we have some of the best chefs in Ireland – if not the best chefs in Ireland, we have some of the best food in the country bar none but no one has been shouting about it enough.“All we’ve given them now with the whole food strategy is a medium for their product, and that can only be positive for the whole county,” he concluded.DONEGAL IS STEEPED IN TALENT SAYS COUNTY’S FOOD AMBASSADOR was last modified: August 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Gary O’HanlonTaste of Donegallast_img read more

MASSIVE DONEGAL DRUGS FIND: 32-YEAR-OLD MAN APPEARS IN COURT

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A MAN has appeared in court this evening charged in connection with a massive drugs find in the county.Andrew Neeson, 32, from Skelpy Lower, Castlefin, appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court tonight.He was charged with possession of €200,000 worth of cannabis and possession of €200,000 worth of cannabis with intent to supply. The charges relate to an estimated €400,000 cannabis plant seizure in Castlefin on Tuesday in an operation led by the Donegal Drugs Unit and supported by National Drugs Unit and Customs officers.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan strongly objected to a bail application for Mr Neeson by defence solicitor Frank Dorrian.She said that Mr Neeson was originally from Northern Ireland and she believed he was a flight risk even if he surrendered his passport as he would be entitled to apply for a UK Passport.However Mr Dorrian said that under legislation, thousands of people living in the Republic were entitled to UK Passports and vice versa.Judge Paul Kelly consented to bail on strict conditions which included a curfew and signing on at a Garda station.These conditions included personal bail of €10,000, with €5,000 of that in cash, and an independent surety of €15,000 with €5,000 of that sum also in cash.Mr Neeson, originally from Clady in Co Tyrone, was unable to meet those bail conditions tonight.He was remanded in custody with consent to bail to Castlerea Prison to appear again at Letterkenny District Court next Monday.MASSIVE DONEGAL DRUGS FIND: 32-YEAR-OLD MAN APPEARS IN COURT was last modified: February 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cannabiscastefinDistrict Courtdonegaldrugsfindlast_img read more

Dealz recalling low quality Halloween wigs

first_imgDiscount giant Dealz have released a statement saying that they are now recalling wigs in their Halloween range as they “fall below standard.” They are recalling long and short wigs in the colours; blue, green, pink, red, and black.The official statement made on the website reads; “Dealz is recalling the above Halloween Wigs which have been found to fall below our standards. The wigs affected have been on sale at Poundland stores, Poundland Online and Dealz stores since August 2016. “If you have purchased one of these products (listed above) or have any concerns regarding any other Dealz/Poundland wig you have purchased previously to August 2016, please return it to your nearest store for a full refund.“As a responsible retailer we take the testing and the standard of our products very seriously and remain committed to the highest levels of product quality which is why we are taking this precautionary measure. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.“If you have purchased this product for someone else or know someone who has one, please tell them about this notice.“Should you have any queries or concerns regarding this information please call our customer service team free on 0800 731 5622 between 9am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday. For more information visit their website.Dealz recalling low quality Halloween wigs was last modified: October 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more