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Waterford drinks company wins Gold on global stage for Spike Island Spiced Rum

Spike Island Spiced Rum, produced by Waterford Company Anchor Spirits Ireland Limited, was lauded with a Gold Medal at the recent Global Rum & Cachaca Masters held in London. The Global Rum & Cachaca Masters is organised by The Spirits Business in the UK. There were twenty five finalists in the Spiced Rum category and Spike Island took one of just six Gold medals awarded. Strictly blind taste tested, the Rum Masters is considered one of the most sought after accolades on the rum awards’ calendar. This year’s judging panel included Spirits Buyers for Harvey Nichols and Head Bartenders from some of London’s most prestigious bars including The Rum Kitchen and Belmeis among others.

Timmy Ryan of Anchor Spirits said, “To get a Gold Medal at this level for a small batch product like ours is just fantastic. As the awards are blind taste tested it is also a testament to our spice blend. It took so much work to get Spike Island Spiced Rum right, and this is a lovely reward for that effort.  Being recognised for great taste and quality in an International competition is always something to celebrate.”

Spike Island Spiced Rum takes its name from the famous prison island in Cork Harbour. Before the island was purchased by the British Government in 1779, the dark ruggedness of the Spike Island shoreline was a favourite hiding place for smugglers. Like the original smuggled rum of the 18th century, the base rum for Spike Island Spiced Rum is made in one of the world’s finest distilleries on the island of Barbados. It is imported to Ireland where a special spice blend developed by Anchor Spirits and fresh Irish spring water are added by hand and carefully blended over a number of months to achieve the perfect marriage of rum and spice. Orange, cinnamon and vanilla are some of the first notes on the nose when a bottle is opened.

Spike Island holds two other international awards, most notably an international Outstanding Silver Medal from the 2017 IWSC awards.   

Anchor Spirits Ireland Limited also owns the multi-award winning brands, Thin Gin and Muldoon Irish Whiskey Liqueur. The head office for Anchor Spirits Ireland Limited is housed in one of Ireland’s most historic buildings, 33 The Mall in Waterford City, where the Irish Tricolour was flown for the first time by Thomas Francis Meagher in 1848.

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Spring on the Island at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort  

Travel by Ferry to the 310 acre Island Resort, experience award winning fine dining, service and don't miss our Munster Room Restaurant’s Spring Tasting Menu €50pp 6:30pm-7:30pm.

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Theatre Royal On Blueberry Hill

ON BLUEBERRY HILL By Sebastian Barry at Theatre Royal Waterford on February 28th & March 1st

Performed by Niall Buggy and David Ganly

Following the critically-acclaimed world premiere production as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2017, Olivier Award-winning Fishamble and current Laureate of Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry, reunite for the revival tour of On Blueberry Hill to New York and on national tour in Ireland in 2019.

In Sebastian Barry’s unique style, On Blueberry Hill features best of friends and worst of enemies Christy and PJ, played by Niall Buggy and David Ganly. This new play is bursting with humanity, as it explores murder, forgiveness, survival and, ultimately, love in the prison of the human heart.

Starts @ 8 p.m. nightly

Tickets: €18/€16 conc. from Box Office/Tel: 051-874402 or

Walk-ins also welcome!

Home Instead Senior Care is offering a unique approach to help families manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, diseases that eventually rob older people of their memories and independence. Free training for family caregivers is now available through Confidence to Care workshops in Dungarvan and Waterford, taking place on the first Thursday and third Tuesday of the month respectively.

The inaugural workshops will take place in the Park Hotel Dungarvan on Thursday, March 7th and at Respond at St. John’s College, The Folly, Waterford on Tuesday, March 19th.

This workshop is specially designed for family caregivers and offers a personal approach to help families care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease at home. 60 to 70% of people with dementia in Ireland currently live at home in the community and rely on family caregivers.

“Until there is a cure, we offer an interim solution,” said Danette Connolly, Director of Care, Home Instead Waterford. “The purpose of the Alzheimer’s Confidence to Care Workshop is to support family caregivers when it comes to understanding dementias and providing care at home for a loved one.”

The Home Instead Senior Care network assembled the top experts in Alzheimer’s disease across the globe to develop this new training and support programme for family caregivers.

“The training we’re offering to families is the same kind of training our professional CAREGivers receive. We want to support family caregivers, help them better understand this condition and encourage them care for themselves while also caring for loved ones.”

The workshop for family caregivers consists of Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Overview; Capturing Life’s Journey; Techniques to Manage Behaviours; and Activities to Encourage Engagement. A free kit is available for those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Also called Confidence to Care, the kit includes advice and resources to help families keep the home safe for a person with a dementia as well as advice on caring for the caregiver.

“Confidence to Care is a wonderful hands-on approach that helps caregivers deal with the behavioural changes that too often accompany these disorders – one of the biggest stressors for caregivers,” said Dr. Jane F. Potter, who served on the expert panel to help develop content for the Alzheimer’s Confidence to Care training workshop.

For more information about the free Confidence to Care workshops, call Home Instead Senior Care Waterford on 051 333966 or visit

Childrens group link

Bausch + Lomb has been named as the premier sponsor for Children’s Group Link as it launches its programme of celebrations to mark 40 years of providing services for young people in Waterford.

The sponsorship was confirmed by Bausch + Lomb Waterford Site Lead, Mark Hennessy, at a function in CGL’s Military Road headquarters in the city.

Mark Hennessy said  Bausch + Lomb’s  relationship with the voluntary organisation, which addresses social disadvantage for children, teenagers and other young people and their families, through the provision of recreational, educational, artistic, sporting, personal development, counselling services, programmes and facilities, has been very close.

“Bausch + Lomb, in addition to the company’s sponsorship and financial support almost from the establishment of CGL, has had a very significant input to the great work being done through the active participation of several generations of employees and former employees.

“In this year, the 40th anniversary of CGL’s formation, I am pleased to say that the commitment of our employees to this great voluntary effort and a host of other great causes in the city and surrounding areas remains as active and energetic as ever. This was one of the deciding factors in our decision to become lead sponsors.  We wish Children’s Group Link many more decades of successful operation in Waterford.”

Brendan Halligan, CEO, Children’s Group Link, said he was very pleased that Bausch + Lomb had agreed to become the lead sponsor for the 40th year anniversary: “We have always enjoyed exceptional support from the company and from its employees – as a former employee, I am very well placed to acknowledge this – and the support given has been very helpful to the organisation.

“It has demonstrated the wide base of community support which we are fortunate to enjoy and has made our work in the difficult and never-ending task of attracting state agency funding a little easier by underlining the fact that the private sector is willing to support us financially and through the generosity of employees who give of their time and skills with an open heart.”


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