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Fancy yourself as the next big thing in the culinary world?

Fancy yourself as the next big thing in the culinary world? There is an exciting upcoming venture in County Kilkenny that could help you do just that.

The School of Food, based in Thomastown, County Kilkenny is currently seeking applicants for their upcoming introductory Commis Chef Programme, ‘Modern Skills for Modern Chefs’.

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“Carers are in Crisis”, say Family Carers Ireland

Organisation calls on Government to support key health service resource

Following an extended Prime Time Special on December 5th 2017, Family Carers Ireland responded with the launch of a new campaign designed to highlight the critical situation of many of Ireland’s family carers.  This campaign will run throughout 2018 and will shine a light on the current gap in public data and supports for family carers.

According to the organisation, carers don’t want praise or pity, they want proper support to enable them to continue propping up our struggling health service*.  They are angry at a system which exploits and sometimes abuses their family bonds and only pays lip service to their needs to care safely for their loved ones.

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Carer of the Year and Young Carers of the Year Awards 2017

30 family carers from across Ireland honoured for their caring roles

Ireland’s Carer of the Year 2017 and four regional Young Carers of the Year were recently celebrated at a special ceremony in Dublin.

The CarePlus Pharmacy Carer of the Year 2017 is Paula Robinson from County Cavan. Paula (48), a mum of two, provides round-the-clock, full-time care for both her parents. Her mother Mary (87) and has Alzheimer’s disease and her dad Jimmy (92) is living with Bowel Cancer. Read more

The Yeats Family Collection- The Final Chapter

Described as “the last significant tranche of items to ever go to auction from the Yeats family”, over 200 lots of items including paintings, letters and personal memorabilia, which offered a unique insight into Irish literary and artistic history through the eyes of the Yeats family were auctioned on November 14th in Fonsie Mealy’s Chatsworth Salerooms in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.

 

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A weekend to Savour in Kilkenny

Foodie fans from across Ireland flocked to Kilkenny over the bank holiday weekend, October 27 – 30 for Savour Kilkenny in what proved to be one of the festivals biggest events to date. Over 100 events, 100 stallholders and a host of Ireland’s best known culinary personalities from Neven Maguire to Darina Allen, featured in the jam-packed programme of events, which were held across the City and County.

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Two out of three people say their weight affects confidence

A leading Carlow based Training Company have conducted a survey amongst a pool of 200 people to examine to effect which their weight has on their lifestyle and general well-being.

Barrow Training and Consultancy have launched a new course which will be the first of its kind in the country to take an all-encompassing approach to health and well-being.

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Over 30,000 visitors expected for a Festival of Firsts at the 11th Savour Kilkenny

Over 30,000 visitors are expected for this year’s Savour Kilkenny – Festival of Food 2017. The number of exhibitors has grown six-fold since the festival began in 2006. From just 15 stallholders there are now over 100, making Savour Kilkenny one of Ireland’s largest and most popular food festival’s. Read more

43 per cent of Government’s National Carers’ Strategy’s objectives have seen acceptable progress

43 per cent of Government’s National Carers’ Strategy’s objectives have seen acceptable progress

Family Carers Ireland publishes final ‘Score Card’ on the National Carers’ Strategy

12/9/2017 Family Carers Ireland today launches its fourth ‘Family Carers’ Scorecard’ reviewing progress of the National Carers’ Strategy and appealing for a new, funded strategy in Budget 2018. Ireland’s first National Carers’ Strategy, published in 2012, has now run its course. However, from a carers’ perspective, only 18 of 42 actions have achieved acceptable progress.

“Family carers were willing to accept a cost-neutral strategy in 2012 as a token of recognition for their work when the country was in financial crisis. We have now exhausted all possibilities of further progress without investment. In Budget 2018, we have asked Government for dedicated funding for the next National Carers’ Strategy 2018-2022 to address the serious issues and concerns faced by family carers” said Catherine Cox, Family Carers Ireland.

“We need respite care urgently to give family carers a vital break – and we are seeing the physical and mental health of carers across the country compromised due to lack of supports. Read more

So Many Cooks, So Many Recipes…

Here in Purcell Masterson we have worked with many household name chefs over the years.

We are the first to savour the beautiful recipes our chefs have to offer, whether it’s Neven Maguire’s collection of yummy recipes, the coeliac friendly offerings from Gearoid Lynch of The Olde Post Inn and now the delectable desserts from Master Pastry Chef, Shane Smith.

With a passion for all things confectionery and pastry, Shane has almost 20 years’ experience working in some of Ireland’s most celebrated kitchens. The Co. Cavan native is Head Pastry Chef and Head of Product Development at Airfield Estate in Dundrum. Read more

Kildare based tech firm launch new cyber security product

We recently worked with an exciting Kildare based tech firm, vCloud.ie who launched a new ‘secure7’ cyber security product.

The Irish company also have bases in Kildare, Cork, London and Poland. They invested over €300000 in a new seven layered protection system, designed to protect operating systems and online facing services.

Their new product can withstand hundreds of thousands attacks per minute, far surpassing other online security systems. Read more