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Mark Doe: Five Amazing Easy Recipes For Chocolate Treats

Mark Doe: Five Amazing Easy Recipes For Chocolate Treats

October 7, 2018 at 10:38 am Comments are Disabled

Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ Cookery School in Firies gives four recipes involving chocolate which are sure to be a hit… First, a few tips on chocolate… • Always store chocolate in dark, cool & dry place. • Never store chocolate near strong smelling foods as the chocolate will take […]

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Melane Harty showing her wares to Heather Lowham, Betty Fitzgerald and Anne Lowham at the Tralee Food Festival in the Mall on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Amazing Turnout For Tralee Food Festival Fun On Saturday

September 23, 2018 at 11:54 am Comments are Disabled

AMAZINGLY, the rainclouds stayed away (despite the forecast) and dry weather prevailed allowing for the most successful Tralee Food Festival to date in town on Saturday. The Taste Trail was a massive success with many of the 26 venues sold out of stock by 2.30pm while the Mall saw big […]

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Deirdre Burke and Louise Quill at the opening event of the Tralee Food Festival on Friday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: A Delicious Start To Tralee Food Festival At The Ashe Hotel

September 22, 2018 at 9:30 am Comments are Disabled

THE Tralee Food Festival kicked off last night with an event at The Ashe Hotel which bodes well for the rest of the weekend. Guest enjoyed a platter of treats including ‘Annascaul black pudding and Kerry Farm Apples with smoked relish’, miniature lamb burgers, chilli and coriander infused tiger prawns, […]

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Ken Tobin of Yummy Cafe and John Harty of Taste Kerry look forward to the Taste Trail at this year's Tralee Food Festival. Photo by Dermot Crean

Something For All Tastes At The Tralee Food Festival This Weekend

September 21, 2018 at 2:32 pm Comments are Disabled

SO it’s finally here and people are in for a real treat at many pubs, hotels and restaurants over the next three days. The fourth annual Tralee Food Festival will see a taste trail, live music, special menus, food market, a family fun day and much more to tantalise the […]

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The Coastguard Restaurant in the Dingle Skellig Hotel will host a very special event in October.

A Very Special Wine Weekend At The Dingle Skellig Hotel

September 19, 2018 at 4:41 pm Comments are Disabled

WHILE many people head to Dingle in early October for their famous Food Festival, it may be worth waiting for this instead a couple of weeks later, especially if you like wine, great food and luxury! This October, the Dingle Skellig Hotel are pleased to welcome a very special guest […]

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Ciara Griffin of the Irish rugby team with her Croí crew, David Culleton, Noel Keane, Paul Cotter and Dale Houlihan at the 'Celebrity Chef Gourmet Night' in aid of Cycle Against Suicide at Croí Restaurant on Monday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Rugby Captain Ciara Lines Up A Tasty Menu At Charity Night

September 13, 2018 at 10:37 am Comments are Disabled

THE award-winning Croí Restaurant in the Square was the venue on Monday night for a special ‘Celebrity Chef’ night to raise money for Cycle Against Suicide. Almost €3,000 was raised when Irish rugby team captain, Ciara Griffin, took to the kitchen to cook up an amazing five course dinner for […]

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Launching the Tralee Food Festival at Bank of Ireland on Friday were, in front; John Harty of Taste Kerry, Radio Kerry's Elaine Kinsella and Paul Cotter of Croí Restaurant. Back from left; David 'Aidan O'Mahony' Scott, Head of Bank of Ireland in Kerry Deirdre Twomey, Bank of Ireland Tralee Manager Gerry Enright, Ken Tobin of Tralee Chamber Alliance and Paul 'Michael Healy Rae' Ruane. Photo by Dermot Crean

A Mouthwatering Line-Up Of Events For Tralee Food Festival

September 10, 2018 at 10:35 am Comments are Disabled

THE season of food festivals has arrived in Kerry and where better to set the table to treat the palette than Kerry’s Capital, home to Tralee Food Festival from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd September. The 4th Annual Tralee Food Festival in association with Tralee Chamber Alliance and Taste Kerry […]

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The Brogue Wins Munster Carvery Pub Of The Year Again

The Brogue Wins Munster Carvery Pub Of The Year Again

September 10, 2018 at 10:21 am Comments are Disabled

KIRBY’S Brogue Inn has once again won the annual Knorr Great Carvery Pub of the Year competition for the Munster region. The Rock Street hostelry was one of three pubs shortlisted for the Munster final of the competition and will now go forward to Great Carvery Pub of the Year […]

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Andrew Ong outside his Tamarind Restaurant on Matt Talbot Road.

SPONSORED: A Taste Of Asia At Tamarind Restaurant In Tralee

July 19, 2018 at 4:25 pm Comments are Disabled

IF you like your Asian food, then chances are you’ve already sampled the best that Tralee has to offer in Tamarind Restaurant. The business on Matt Talbot Road has been dishing up tantalising Malaysian, Thai and  Chinese specialities for 13 years since Andrew Ong and his family came to town. […]

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Kirby’s Brogue Inn Shortlisted For Carvery Pub Of The Year

Kirby’s Brogue Inn Shortlisted For Carvery Pub Of The Year

July 16, 2018 at 12:43 pm Comments are Disabled

KIRBY’S Brogue Inn has been shortlisted in the annual Knorr Great Carvery Pub of the Year competition. The Rock Street hostelry is one of three pubs shortlisted for the Munster final of the competition with the winner going forward to Great Carvery Pub of the Year National Final. The Brogue […]

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Jacinta O'Mahony, Anne Buggy, Sandra O'Callaghan and Pat Clapham  at the “Summer Cooking Made Easy” Cookery Demo in aid of KDYS on Monday evening at the Manor West Hotel. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Mark And Gaelle Give Tips For Summer Cooking At Demo

June 27, 2018 at 11:04 am Comments are Disabled

THE weather is perfect for summer cooking and those who showed up on Monday night at the Manor West Hotel certainly got plenty ideas for the weeks ahead. Chef Mark Doe of Just Cooking fame gave a cookery demonstration as a fundraiser for the KDYS, ably assisted by ‘Apprentice Chef’ […]

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Kerry Businesses Taking Part In National Burger Day’s Two For One Offer

Kerry Businesses Taking Part In National Burger Day’s Two For One Offer

June 21, 2018 at 10:21 am 1 comment

TODAY is National Burger Day and to celebrate, hundreds of participating outlets across the country, including a handful in Kerry, are offering a special 2 for 1 deal on their signature burgers in celebration of the day. In the past month alone, almost 17,000 Irish burger enthusiasts cast their vote […]

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Mark Doe is joined by representatives from KDYS in launching the “Summer Cooking Made Easy” night.

Chef Mark To Share Summer Food Ideas At Fundraiser For KDYS

June 14, 2018 at 2:11 pm Comments are Disabled

FOR all those who are looking to be inspired with new summer food ideas and become the perfect summer host then this may be the solution. Chef Mark Doe of “Just Cooking” fame will be giving a Cookery Demonstration on Monday, June 25 in Manor West Hotel at 7.30pm as […]

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Host Fiona Kirby (centre) with Adah Cotter and Seamus McEntee at an evening to welcome 'The Arrival Of Summer' at Kirby's Brogue Inn on Tuesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Kicking Off The Summer Season In Style At The Brogue

June 13, 2018 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

OK, so the weather may be changing today, but we’ve had a few great weeks of sunshine and the tourists have started to arrive in earnest. No better time then for a soiree to welcome the summer season. Kirby’s Brogue Inn invited people involved in the tourist industry in Tralee […]

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Brogue Invites Tourism Partners To Celebrate ‘Arrival Of Summer’

Brogue Invites Tourism Partners To Celebrate ‘Arrival Of Summer’

June 12, 2018 at 9:56 am Comments are Disabled

THE generous folk at Kirby’s Brogue Inn are hoping that their fellow partners in tourism join them tonight (Tuesday) for  a celebration to mark the arrival of the summer season. Kevin and Fiona Cotter are inviting the owners/managers of bars, hotels, B&B owners, restaurants and caravan parks to join them […]

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Yummy Cafe Named ‘The Best Family Restaurant In Ireland’

Yummy Cafe Named ‘The Best Family Restaurant In Ireland’

June 3, 2018 at 9:38 am Comments are Disabled

WELL fair play to them. A Tralee cafe/restaurant has been named Ireland’s favourite family restaurant by a national radio station. Organised by Today FM’s Weekend Breakfast programme, Yummy Cafe on Dominick Street was the only Kerry restaurant on the shortlist for a competition to find where families can enjoy the […]

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Yummy Cafe Wants Your Vote In Nationwide Competition

Yummy Cafe Wants Your Vote In Nationwide Competition

May 21, 2018 at 10:43 am Comments are Disabled

A TRALEE cafe/restaurant is on a shortlist to find Ireland’s favourite family restaurant. Organised by Today FM’s Weekend Breakfast programme, Yummy Cafe on Dominick Street is the only Kerry restaurant on the shortlist with businesses in Dublin, Galway, Offaly, Waterford and Cork aiming to be crowned ‘The Best Family Restaurant […]

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There Were Kerry Winners At The ‘Food Oscars’ In Dublin Last Night

There Were Kerry Winners At The ‘Food Oscars’ In Dublin Last Night

May 15, 2018 at 11:48 am Comments are Disabled

THERE were Kerry winners at at the Irish Restaurant Awards which were held in Dublin last night. The Apprentice Chef Programme, founded by IT Tralee lecturer Mark Murphy and Firies-based chef Mark Doe, was awarded the All Ireland Local Food Hero title, the Park Hotel Kenmare won Best Hotel and Guesthouse in […]

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Edwin Byrne, Rebekah Wall and Rachel Templeman, in front of Maddens on Milk Market Lane. Photo by Dermot Crean

Something Special Has Just Opened At Maddens On Milk Market Lane

May 12, 2018 at 10:36 am 2 comments

IF you’re down at Milk Market Lane then you should take a look at something special happening there. The whole area is enjoying a regeneration with murals near The Mall side and plans for a heritage trail in this historic part of Tralee. Now a new enterprise has opened on […]

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‘Nationwide’ To Feature Apprentice Chef Programme As Tralee Students Look Forward To Final

‘Nationwide’ To Feature Apprentice Chef Programme As Tralee Students Look Forward To Final

April 27, 2018 at 1:59 pm Comments are Disabled

THE Apprentice Chef Programme will be featured on RTE’s Nationwide show next Friday ahead of the 2017/2018 final cook off at IT Tralee. On Thursday, May 10, 27 students from secondary schools across Munster and Leinster, including three students from Tralee and three more from other Kerry schools, will don […]

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Paul Cotter, Kevin O'Connor and Noel Keane in Croí which opens this Friday in town. Photo  by Dermot Crean

Blennerville School To Host The ‘Gangsters’ For Fundraiser

April 6, 2018 at 11:02 am Comments are Disabled

BLENNERVILLE Playschool is holding a Food Demonstration in association with Croí Restaurant next weekend. The renowned Tralee Culinary Gangsters will be demonstrating how to cook wild, local, fresh foraged food at Blennerville school on Sunday, April 15 at 1pm. This promises to be a fun-filled, family-friendly event and adults are asked […]

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Martin Bealin, Eddie Attwell and Tom Flavin who will appear at the Taste Kerry event later this month at the ITT.

Taste Kerry Event Is A Must For People In Food Industry

April 5, 2018 at 12:48 pm Comments are Disabled

TASTE Kerry’s Annual Food Showcase will see the launch of the Kerry Seafood Resource pack, an in-depth exploration of Kerry’s Fishing Industry and its communities, a valuable resource developed for the hospitality and tourism industry. The one-day TasteKerry Food Showcase will be held at IT Tralee on April 26, 9.00 am – […]

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Ballygarry’s Seafood Speciality Night Returns On Good Friday

Ballygarry’s Seafood Speciality Night Returns On Good Friday

March 25, 2018 at 2:16 pm Comments are Disabled

GOOD Friday is unofficially ‘national fish day’ and to mark this, Ballygarry House Hotel is putting on its famous Seafood Speciality Night returns in Restaurant 58. After the huge success of last year’s event, Head Chef John O’Sullivan and his team of chefs will be presenting an exquisite seafood menu […]

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Catriona Py Collins, Myra O'Connor, Sandra O'Flaherty, Tina Stack and Carol Anne O'Donoghue at the Spring Cookery Demo in Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Thursday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Guests Enjoy Spring Cookery Demo At Ballyroe In Aid Of Scoil Eoin

March 23, 2018 at 9:25 am Comments are Disabled

THE lads from Croí Restaurant in Tralee gave a cookery demo last night, fresh from their win at the Irish Restaurant Awards regional finals in Cork on Wednesday. In the guise of the Tralee Culinary Gangsters, Noel Keane and Kevin O’Connor were joined by Massimiliano Bagaglini from Once Upon A Cheese […]

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Paul Cotter, Kevin O'Connor and Noel Keane in Croí which opens this Friday in town. Photo  by Dermot Crean

Croí And Oyster Tavern Manager Win At Irish Restaurant Awards

March 22, 2018 at 9:57 am 1 comment

THERE were two local winners at the regional finals in this year’s Irish Restaurant Awards which took place in the Radisson Blu, Little Island, Cork, last night. Croí Restaurant in The Square won Best Kerry Newcomer while Jim McGrath of The Oyster Tavern in the Spa won Best Restaurant Manager in Kerry […]

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Catriona Py Collins, Paul Cotter of Tralee Culinary Gangsters, pupils Barry Nagle, Leon O'Connor, Tomás Kennedy, Bitania Yosef and Kevin O'Connor, of Tralee Culinary Gangsters at the launch of the Spring Cookery Demo to take place in Ballyroe Heights Hotel next week. Photo by Dermot Crean

Scoil Eoin Teams Up With Gangsters For Cookery Demo

March 14, 2018 at 1:11 pm Comments are Disabled

WHILE it might not feel like spring yet, the good people at Scoil Eoin are planning an event to showcase how to use seasonal ingredients to create amazing dishes. The ‘Spring Food Demo’ is being organised by the Parents Association  at the primary school to raise funds to be used […]

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Students from the Institute of Technology Tralee travelled to Dublin to represent the Institute’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department at the Chef Ireland Culinary Competitions. The national competition, organised by the Panel of Chefs of Ireland and endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies, Students Pictured back in Tralee at the HCT North Campus were Castleisland man James O Sullivan Duck Dish – Bronze Medal winner , Dingle lady Nita Comerford Moul - Duck Dish – Bronze Medal winner and  Tralee lady Victoria Rinsma - Beef Fillet Dish – Bronze Medal winner . Also in picture is student memtor Dan Browne of the IT Tralee . 
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IT Tralee Culinary Students prove their skills and knowledge at Chef Ireland CompetitionsStudents from the Institute of Technology Tralee travelled to Dublin to represent the Institute’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department at the Chef Ireland Culinary Competitions. The national competition, organised by the Panel of Chefs of Ireland and endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies, is held as part of one of Ireland`s largest hospitality and culinary events, Food and Bev Live 2018.Food and Bev live provides an opportunity for Ireland’s most talented student chefs and hospitality students from colleges all across the country to go head-to-head in tightly fought contest across a broad variety of competitions.  The team of four students from the IT Tralee, who are currently studying a 3-year BA in Culinary Arts, competed across three categories and they were not left lacking when it came to prizes.  Shaun O Connor from Valentia Island achieved a bronze medal in the Irish Lamb competition where he showcased the very best of Kerry produce in using a lamb rump from Ring of Kerry Lamb. In the Silver Hill Duck senior competition, Nita Comerford Moul from Dingle and James O Sullivan from Castleisland were both awarded a bronze medal. Victoria Rinsma from Canada, who joined the programme at IT Tralee this year, took part in the Irish Beef Fillet competition open class and was awarded a bronze medal. The college mentor for all competitors was Chef Lecturer Dan Browne (Listowel). With the exception of the Lamb competition the students were competing in Open and Senior Class competitions against all levels of qualified chefs. Commending the students on their achievements, Head of Departments of Business & Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Ray O’Connor-Desmond said: “We would like to congratulate and acknowledge how proud we are of our students and their great achievement on a national stage. There is no doubt that such achievements will greatly enhance their future career prospects. We would also like to make special mention of Chef Dan Browne, for his dedication and commitment in preparing the students for the competition and all those who helped make this a reality for the students.”Two students from the National Learning Network in Tralee, who are currently undertaking the Minor Award in Culinary Skills Springboard Programme at the Institute of Technology Tralee, Imelda O Reilly and Craig Coady, were also awarded bronze medals in the Irish Pork Junior Class & Hot Dessert Open Class. Imelda was announced as the overall class winner in the Hot Dessert Open Class competition. ##END##--------------------------------------------Shaun O Connor - Lamb Dish – Bronze Medal Victoria Rinsma - Beef Fillet Dish – Bronze MedalNita Comerford Moul - Duck Dish – Bronze MedalJames O Sullivan Duck Dish – Bronze Medal For additional information please contact Sarah.flaherty@staff.ittralee.ie

IT Tralee Students Bring Home Medals From Chef Ireland Competition

February 14, 2018 at 9:15 am Comments are Disabled

STUDENTS from the Institute of Technology Tralee travelled to Dublin to represent the Institute’s Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department at the Chef Ireland Culinary Competitions and brought home four bronze medals. The national competition, organised by the Panel of Chefs of Ireland and endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies, […]

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Four Return To NLN Centre In Tralee With Chef Ireland Medals

February 9, 2018 at 12:09 pm Comments are Disabled

FOUR students from the National Learning Network centre in Tralee were among the medals at the  prestigious Chef Ireland Competition held recently. The NLN Kerry Learners won four Bronze Medals at the event in the City West Conference Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday last. Craig Coady, Liam O’Brien, Imelda O’Reilly, CarrieAnn O’Connor […]

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OUT TO LUNCH: Wild About The Chowder In New Cafe

OUT TO LUNCH: Wild About The Chowder In New Cafe

February 3, 2018 at 10:45 am Comments are Disabled

Wild Cafe Corner of The Mall and Ashe Street IT might be only February, but there’s a real buzz about the food business in Tralee at the moment that suggests optimism for the year ahead. Croí has been getting great reviews since it opened last May, The Brogue is absolutely […]

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Mark Doe’s Recipes For A Delicious Christmas Dinner

Mark Doe’s Recipes For A Delicious Christmas Dinner

December 22, 2017 at 9:35 am Comments are Disabled

Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ Cookery School in Firies has recipes and tips to serving up an amazing Christmas dinner… The key to a stress free Christmas lunch is preparation and timing. You want to be able to enjoy the day without being tied to the stove all day long. Below you […]

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