Bank of Ireland in Blas Na hÉireann partnership

Bank of Ireland in Blas Na hÉireann partnership

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Bank of Ireland and Blas na hÉireann are partnering to create “Backyard at Blas”, a new innovative breakout space and networking venue at the 10th Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards.

The “Backyard at Blas” came about from the highly successful Bank of Ireland’s Food Series which takes place each month in the bank’s Workbench in Limerick. The initiative aims to educate, celebrate and promote all that’s good about local Irish food. In addition to the Food Series being held in Limerick’s startup space, these events will also be rolled out in Cork and Galway’s Workbenches.

The venue is part of the ever expanding events and opportunities which are central to Blas na hÉireann. The Backyard at Blas, at the heart of Dingle, will be where a series of talks and networking events are scheduled on the Friday 29th September and Saturday 30th September.

Speakers will include well known chefs, buyers and industry experts offering honest and insightful advice during interactive sessions with finalist producers.

Speaking on the partnership, Liam Sheedy, Director of Munster, Bank of Ireland said, “Bank of Ireland are absolutely delighted to partner with Blas na hEireann to bring the Backyard at Blas to this year’s awards. Bank of Ireland has always played an active role in supporting food, agri and hospitality businesses and our partnership with Blas na hEireann will further strengthen that support. Bank of Ireland is very keen to support businesses with their ambitions and plans, initiatives like Backyard at Blas and our dedicated Innovation Team and Workbenches provide us with a platform to do so. We would encourage everyone to pop along on the day and use the space to make connections that can further your business potential.”

The awards, which take place on the next weekend in Dingle, Co. Kerry are the largest blind-tasted food awards on the island. More than 2500 products were entered this year.

The winners will be announced on Saturday 30th, September.

www.irishfoodawards.com

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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