Speakers – Craft Beer Spirits Workshop

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    • Fergal Murray - Former Master Brewer Diageo

      Fergal Murray – Former Master Brewer Diageo 

      Fergal Murray’s career as the Guinness Master Brewer has been extraordinary.  It has taken him across the globe and secured his reputation as a leader in the brewing industry. His contribution had a significant impact on the growth of the guinness brand across multiple platforms. There is no real comparison in the world of brewing  to the experience of learning  the science, art and craft of brewing,  which has been handed down over the generations, at St James’s Gate Brewery.    Fergal as a custodian of the immense brewing knowledge and craft brought these skills to his role as Guinness Globa...

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    • Aidan Murphy - Galway Hooker

      Aidan Murphy – Galway Hooker 

      Aidan Murphy is the head brewer and co-founder of Galway Hooker Brewery. He has been working in the brewing industry for the last 13 years and holds a M.Sc. degree in Brewing and Distilling and a M.Sc. in Food Science ...

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    • Oliver Hughes - Porterhouse Brewing Company & Dingle Distillery

      Oliver Hughes – Porterhouse Brewing Company & Dingle Distillery 

      After obtaining a law degree from the University or Hertfordshire and discovering a love for local ales and breweries, Oliver moved back to Ireland to open Hartey's Brewery with his cousin Liam LaHart.  In the meantime Oliver had gone back to study law at Kings Inns where he practised as a criminal barrister from 1989 to 1999. In 1989 opened their first pub in Bray then in 1996 their second pub in Temple Bar, 2000 opened Porterhouse Covent Garden, 2003 The Porterhouse North and in 2004 purchased Judge Roy Beans - now Porterhouse Central and Lillies Bordello. In 2006 the Porterhouse becam...

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    • Jonathan McDade - ABFI, IBA

      Jonathan McDade – ABFI, IBA 

      Jonathan is a Senior Executive at the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland and is responsible for managing the Irish Brewers Association.  Jonathan has ten years of experience working on a variety of communications and public affairs roles including four years at Murray Consultants.  Specialising in public affairs campaigns, he has worked on a number of high profile projects and he has also worked for a wide range of corporate clients.  Jonathan's political experience includes work as Senior Press Officer for the Ireland for Europe Lisbon treaty referendum campaign in 2009 and prior to that ...

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    • Alex Mountcharles - Slane Castle Irish Whiskey

      Alex Mountcharles – Slane Castle Irish Whiskey 

      Managing Director, Slane Distillery Cultivated his interest in whiskey during an EOP placement with Pernod-Ricard in Australia in 2000. Went on to work in the bioenergy sector in the UK and South Africa - the Slane Distillery will be the only distillery in Ireland to include an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant. Returned to Ireland in 2008 and launched an Irish whiskey enterprise, sourcing product from the Cooley Distillery and selling it under the Slane Castle brand. Began developing plans for a distillery at Slane in 2012 in order to secure product supply and use on farm resources of barley ...

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    • Pat Rigney - The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney

      Pat Rigney – The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney 

      Patrick J. Rigney is a serial entrepreneur with a strong track record in the food & drinks sector and more recently in pharmaceuticals, tourism and equestrian. He has been at the forefront of the branded drinks sector for over thirty years, working with Gilbey’s, C&C and holding pioneering roles in Baileys covering the important Americas and Australasia territories during its formative years in the ‘90’s.   As Executive Director of Baileys, Pat created the Sheridan’s liqueur brand that sells more than 300,000 cases annually. Pat has invented over 20 international drinks brands in...

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    • Stuart McNamara - IrishWhiskey.com

      Stuart McNamara – IrishWhiskey.com 

      Stuart is a well known Irish Whiskey writer and aficionado who grew up near Kinsale in West Cork. This may explain his passion for excellence in Irish Food and Drink and also his love of all things connected to the sea. His early influencers were Keith Floyd and also Derek Davis who he worked with on the Out of the Blue TV series. ...

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    • Pat Cooney- Boann Distillery & Boyne Brewhouse

      Pat Cooney- Boann Distillery & Boyne Brewhouse 

      The Boann Distillery and Boyne Brewhouse are the realisation of a long held ambition of the Cooney family who have a long tradition in the Irish drinks industry. Pat Cooney built the Gleeson Group to be a major player in the Irish manufacturing and wholesale drinks business over the last 40 years with €300 million turnover and employment of 750 people. Pat is a native of Drogheda and is a qualified accountant. Topic: "Craft Distilling and Brewing"

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    • Seamus McMahon – Brehon Breweries

      Seamus McMahon – Brehon Breweries 

      Seamus McMahon set up the Brehon Brewhouse in 2014, out the back of a working dairy farm in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan. Seamus is now in fifty pubs locally, across Louth, Cavan, Monaghan and Armagh. Seamus' aim is to create distinct beers that are brewed with care and affection.

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