St Patrick’s Day 2014: It’s A Long Way To The Tipperary But Our Heart’s Right There

P1010677The Tipperary is the oldest Irish pub in London. Steeped in Irish heritage, it has been a haven for Wild Geese for hundreds of years and a remarkable taste of home. And now we’ve flocked behind the bar! Yes, The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey* is now served in London’s oldest Irish pub, just in time for St Patrick’s Day!

The Tipperary was first built in 1300, on the side of a monastery where the monks brewed ale.

In 1605 it was transformed into ‘The Boar’s Head’. It’s stood the test of time, surviving the Great Fire of London having been built of stone and brick, rather then wood.

It came under Irish ownership in around 1700, becoming the first Irish pub outside of Ireland. It was fitted out in traditional Irish style, including a clock by Thomas Tompion.

Following the First World War, the printers returning from the war had the pub named ‘The Tipperary’, inspired by the war song, ‘It’s A Long Way’, and the name remains today.

Today The Tipperary is run by Steve Rowlands, who has a huge passion for fine spirits. The interior retains the original Irish character and behind the bar now sits The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Collection. It’s a great place to enjoy The Wild Geese this St Patrick’s Day!

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The Tipperary’s owner Steve Rowloands with The Wild Geese Collection*

** Outside North America The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Irish Whiskey Collection is sold under the ‘brand name’ of ‘The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Collection’

St Patrick’s Day 2014: Meeting Today’s Wild Geese

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day we’ve met some of today’s Wild Geese, who have reflected on what it means to be Irish abroad.

In 1691 Patrick Sarsfield and his followers left Ireland. They took the name ‘The Wild Geese’ in the hope and belief that they would one day return. Although many did not see Ireland again, they kept Ireland in their hearts while they achieved extraordinary feats in their host communities.

This story continues today with Wild Geese still making valuable contributions while living and working away from Ireland. Full of ambition and determination, their Untamed Irish spirit shine through.

Meet some today’s Wild Geese in London! Cormac Redmond, Ian McKeown, Vashit Curran and Mick Kelly who work at the famous Waxy O’Connor’s and Karen Houlihan and Robert Murray from the stylish Bentley Oyster Bar & Grill, who were good enough to share their own stories with us.

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New Cocktail: The Irish Apple

irishappleusOur friends at London’s renowned Nightjar cocktail bar have created the Irish Apple cocktail for the fall season. Bursting with flavour, this is a long and refreshing drink.

2 parts The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Classic Blend
1 part apple and rhubarb juice
3 parts dry cider
1/2 part Kamms & Sons

Mix The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Classic Blend, dry cider and apple & rhubarb juice by ‘rolling’ them in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a high ball glass and float a large ice ball on top. Add the Kamms & Sons to create a bitter-sweet taste and garnish with a crab apple and apple blossom. Drizzle fresh caramel over the garnish for the final touch.

Wild Geese Honoured With Tip O’Neill Award

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We’re very proud to be returning to the Tip O’Neill Award as sponsors.

The award has been established to commemorate the life and achievements of US Speaker Tip O’Neill and celebrate the achievements of members of the diaspora who exceed expectations in the their chosen field. Much like Tip O’Neill did.

O’Neill fought for the Irish diaspora in the United States, by encouraging migration to the country, where Irish people could enjoy the same opportunities that he had experienced – to be the best that you can be. He served as Speaker of the US House of Representatives for ten years.
This year’s recipient is Brian Schweitzer, who served as Governor of Montana in the USA from 2005 – 2013. He is being recognised for his work in this role. As Governor, Me Schweitzer holds one of the highest approval ratings in US politics.
This Award proves that Wild Geese are still making an impact in all corners of the world and we’re very happy to be a part of this gathering. The Governor will be presented with a bottle of The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Irish Whiskey.

Travel Retail’s Wild Geese: Alan Brennan

The Moodie Report Issue 90 - The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes - 22 August 2013Click here to read issue 90 of The Moodie Report e-zine. 

 

Taoiseach Shares Irish Identity with Wild Geese

 

Taoiseach (the Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny created The Gathering to invite the worldwide Irish diaspora back to Ireland throughout 2013.

Returning home to Castlebar, the Taoiseach joined The Wild Geese Collection in support of Co. mayo’s flagship Gathering Celebration: In Humbert’s Footsteps (15-18th August).

The idea is close to the hearts of those of us from The Wild Geese Collection*. Our Irish Whiskey has been produced to celebrate the brave men and women who have left Ireland over the years, starting in 1691 with Patrick Sarsfield and his followers. When they left Ireland, they took the name ‘The Wild Geese’ in the hope and belief that they would one day return. Today, The Gathering sees the realisation of that dream.

The Wild Geese first travelled to France, where many served in the military with honour.

In his commemoration speech, the Taoiseach underlined how important history has been in shaping Ireland today, drawing on the strong bond between the country and France.

The Taoiseach met The Wild Geese company owner, Mr Andre Levy, in a show of solidarity for this Irish identity; an identity that runs deep within The Wild Geese Collection.

The Wild Geese is an internationally acclaimed Collection of Premium Spirits and has been voted ‘Best Irish Whiskey’ three times. The brand sponsored the closing Victory Concert on Sunday 18th August, celebrating the Irish experience together with Wild Geese past and present.

Wherever you are in the world, if you are of Irish descent you are part of this story and entitled to call yourself Wild Geese.

*Outside North America The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Irish Whiskey is sold under the brand name of ‘The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Collection’.

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Classic Blend Recognised as Top Independent Irish Whiskey

ClassicWe’re very proud to announce that our Classic Blend has been recognised as one of the top independent Irish Whiskeys on the market in Ireland’s Sunday Business Post.

Columnist and drinks expert Tomás Clancy saluted the Classic Blend with a score of 90, and a ‘very good quality’ rating.

Nose:
Berries, fresh oak and a hint of spice.

Taste & Finish:
Light, sweet, fruity taste, balanced and smooth. The grain comes through gently and it ends with a tingle of honey and citrus fruit. The finish is clean.

The Classic Blend is ideal for a wide range of cocktails but is also great on it’s own.

Travel Retail’s Wild Geese: Garrett Coogan

The Moodie Report Issue 89 - The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes - 8 August 2013Click here to read issue 89 of The Moodie Report e-zine. 

 

Travel Retail’s Wild Geese: Adrian Hayes

The Moodie Report Issue 88 - The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes - 25 July 2013Click here to read issue 88 of The Moodie Report e-zine. 

 

Travel Retail’s Wild Geese: Alan Magan

The Moodie Report Issue 87 - The Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes - 18 July 2013Click here to read issue 87 of The Moodie Report e-zine.