Festive Free Range

Carlow Free Range delivers thousands of turkeys this festive season

With turkeys eaten by 94 per cent of Irish people around Christmas, free range artisan poultry farmers, Bertram and Celine Salter of Carlow Free Range have experienced a significant increase in interest and sales in free range turkeys this year.

Carlow Free Range had sold over 90 per cent of its festive free range turkeys by November 1st and are planning to double production next year to help meet demand, expanding facilities in 2014.

Unusually for its sector, Carlow Free Range owns and manages the entire supply chain process from rearing their turkeys through to packaging and delivery. This means removing food miles and travel stress for the birds and allowing consumers enjoy a healthy, wholesome and natural turkey that is fully traceable to the farm, being reared beside the Salters family home.

Carlow Free Range supplies its turkey to private customers and good craft butchers including Michael McAssey in Ballon and Bosco’s Butcher in Carlow, Ardeen Quality Foodstore in Waterford and reputable independent grocers nationwide.

“Such is demand, we recently expanded our facilities to process additional free range turkeys and are planning on doubling turkey supply next year. People are willing to spend more for excellent quality and great taste and our customers are coming back with orders year after year. Butchers would attest to the fact that free range turkeys are vastly superior in taste and more succulent than commercially produced turkeys.

With so many turkeys now being imported into Irish supermarkets, we are encouraged that demand is increasing for locally reared turkeys and welcome visitors to our farm to hand-pick their turkeys” said Bertram Salter, Carlow Free-Range.

Carlow Free Range’s corn fed free range chicken and free range turkeys receive rave reviews and Bertram and Celine are keen for consumers to go back to older, traditional cooking methods, using everything from the meat to the bones for chicken stock. Both Bertram and Celine are actively involved in the day to day running and management of Carlow Free Range and live by the farm with their three children, Isobel, Jamie and Luci. This way, they ensure that their commitment to quality standards translates into a premium quality, free range poultry.

See www.carlowfreerange.ie



Neven Maguire opens first Cookery School

Award-winning chef Neven Maguire has fulfilled a long-held dream opening his first cookery school, the Neven Maguire Cookery School, in Blacklion, Co. Cavan. With Neven continually investing in MacNean House & Restaurant, employing a team of 50, the opening marks another significant investment into Blacklion.

The state-of-the-art cookery school will feature a range of exciting cookery classes for all skill levels, and tours of Neven’s extensive vegetable and herb collections by resident gardener, Kevin Ashley.

“I meet so many talented and interested cooks at demonstrations all around the country and I have always wished to spend that little bit more time helping them to get to the next stage. From my early days in Fermanagh College I have always enjoyed teaching and am really looking forward to being able to spend time with people who are as passionate about food as I am” said Neven.

The Neven Maguire Cookery School, adjoining Neven’s MacNean House & Restaurant, will begin a range of classes from February 1st 2014.  Classes include both hands-on learning and demonstrations by Neven and his team. Class themes for early 2014 include ‘Entertainment Made Easy’, ‘Mastering Meat’, ‘Breakfast Masterclass’ and specialist classes on vegetarian dishes and fish, with a focus on shellfish.

With many couples taking cooking classes together, the Neven Maguire Cookery School has also announced two special ‘Valentine’s Cooking’ classes taking place February 14th and 15th. Neven is also offering his new Chef’s Table option – an exclusive intimate dining experience in the school. This perfect celebration for special occasions, anniversaries, corporate events and birthdays, can cater for a minimum of ten and a maximum of 20 and serves the celebrated MacNean Restaurant Tasting Menu with accompanying wines, all cooked and presented by Neven and his team.

Neven is currently filming his sixth series for RTÉ television which will be broadcast early 2014. Titled ‘Home Chef’ the series has just been picked up by America’s PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) and will be shown there from November. ‘Home Chef’ is also broadcast in the UK.

His eleventh cook book, The Nation’s Favourite Food, was released by Gill & Macmillan in October 2013. MacNean House & Restaurant has been chosen as the only Irish restaurant included in the top ten of the prestigious TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice 2013 list for Fine Dining Restaurants in Europe.

The perfect Christmas gift, vouchers for the Neven Maguire Cookery School are now available. See www.nevemaguire.com / 071 9853022.


Dublin Design Firm Win Top Digital App Design Awards

Vermillion Design awarded prestigious national award for Digital App Designs

Dublin-based Vermillion Design have been awarded two prestigious national awards for Digitial App Designs at the recent Annual Institute of Designers of Ireland awards.

The awards celebrate and recognise the very best of Irish design and showcase the excellence of the Irish design industry. Vermillion Design received the Digital App Design awards for their work on singer-songwriter Pierce Turners ‘Snow’ app and ‘Books of Dublin’, an app that showcases a selection of rare manuscripts and historic books in Marsh’s Library and the Edmund Worth Library.

Using cutting edge technology and the outstanding design skills of the creative team at Vermillion Design consisting of Conor O’Riordan, Kevin Dunne, Fiona Byrne and Creative Director Anne Brady, the Dublin firm has firmly established themselves as leaders in providers of digital design. The design and distribution of smartphone and tablet apps is now a €14 billion world market.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Vermillion’s managing director Anne Brady expressed her pleasure at her company’s outstanding success.

“We are very excited to receive this honour and to share our success with our many clients both here and in the UK. These awards reflect the quality of both our creative design work and our clients’ work. It was a pleasure to work with Pierce Turner is a talent of huge originality on his ‘Snow’ app. The Books of Dublin app reveals some hidden treasures and features video of many of Dublin’s leading scholars discussing their favourite books from Marsh’s Library and the Edward Worth Library”

The first prize award-winning app ‘Snow’ explores the fascinating world of singer-songwriter Pierce Turner and the making of his enigmatic album ‘Songs for a Very Small Orchestra’, concentrating on the writing and production of his much-acclaimed song Snow. Turner, who divides his time between New York and his native County Wexford, is one of the world’s most original and creative forces within the musical world.

The second award taken by Vermillion was for an app entitled Books of Dublin. This app showcases a selection of rare books from two of Dublin’s most renowned antiquarian libraries, and includes commentaries from leading academic specialists.

“This prestigious award for Vermillion Design further demonstrates the impact of design in the area of new media. It proves beyond doubt how creative design skills can add value and indeed change the dynamics within the exciting and constantly developing field of digital communications and marketing” said Andrew Bradley, President of Institute of Designers in Ireland.

Founded by Anne Brady in 1999, Vermillion Design has built an undisputable reputation in Ireland and internationally as leading providers of creative solutions in branding, literature design, 2D, 3D environments and digital media.Both apps, ‘Snow’ and ‘Books of Dublin’ are available for free download to iPad on the iTunes store.

See www.vermilliondesign.com


Carlow’s Artisan Poultry Farmers Celebrate Ten Years

Business has seen 400 per cent growth in turnover

Free range artisan poultry farmers, Bertram and Celine Salter, are celebrating 10 successful years of their business, CarlowFreeRange (formerly Carlow Foods). In just six years the business has experienced an incredible 400 per cent growth in turnover and has recently expanded. With a core team of ten, CarlowFreeRange employs up to 20 people at busier times, particularly coming up to Christmas.

From his family farm in Fenagh, Co. Carlow,Bertram started out supplying free range chickens to local farmers markets, helped by his mother, Olive. From there he spotted a niche in the market for free range poultry and decided to focus on the business, becoming short-listed for a Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the age of 30. His wife Celine joined the business in 2004 looking after the operational side. The business has recently expanded adding new packaging facilities and increasing its free range turkey supply.

“Such is demand, we recently expanded our facilities to process additional free range turkeys. We believe that by supporting the welfare of our birds and rearing them free range, we give the consumer the best possible, naturally reared free range chicken and turkey. It is a real milestone both for our family and our business to be celebrating ten successful years and we look forward to a great future” said Bertram Salter, founder of CarlowFreeRange.

Unusually for its sector, CarlowFreeRange owns and manages the entire supply chain process from rearing their birds through to packaging and delivery. This means removing food miles and allowing consumers enjoy a healthy, wholesome and natural product that is fully traceable to the farm.

Working to the standards set by the Department of Agriculture, CarlowFreeRange practice hand feeding using an exclusive formula created to maximise taste. While many poultry suppliers stock 20,000 to 40,000 birds per house, Carlow Free Range cap this at a maximum of 800 in each of their purpose built houses, allowing arelaxed stress free environment with lots of fresh air. In keeping with their philosophy of providing the highest quality, free range chicken and turkey at an affordable price, CarlowFreeRange stocks less than four per cent than conventional poultry farms, giving birds a much better quality of life.

CarlowFreeRange’s corn fed chicken and turkey receives rave reviews and Bertram and Celine are keen for consumers to go back to older, traditional cooking methods of chicken, using everything from the meat to the bones for chicken stock. The company have recently re-branded from Carlow Foods to CarlowFreeRange with new packaging, still maintaining its popular vibrant yellow colour, as well as a new web-site, www.carlowfreerange.ie, giving lots of delicious recipes and cooking tips.

Both Bertram and Celine are actively involved in the day to day running and management of CarlowFreeRange and live by the farm with their three children, Isobel, Jamie and Luci. This way, they ensure that their commitment to quality standards translates into a premium quality, free range poultry.

See www.carlowfreerange.ie