The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Enterprise Awards Adjudication Committee: from left, Mark Murran and Mary McHugh, Department of Social Protection; Jim Slevin, chairperson of Donegal Local Development Company; Louise Brogan, DLDC enterprise co-ordinator; Mr Andre Levy, chairman of The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey company
Our Chairman, Mr Andre Levy, sat on the adjudication committee to select the winners of this year’s The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Enterprise Awards, which celebrate entrepreneurs in the Donegal area who are forging their own paths in business.
Twelve businesses have been shortlisted for the awards which are for small enterprises set up under the Back To Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme run by Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC). Three winners will be presented with awards, £500 to help grow their businesses and will go through to the regional awards in Cavan in June.
On the adjudication committee were Mr Andre Levy; Jim Slevin, Chairperson of the DLDC; Mark Murray and Mary McHugh from the Department of Social Protection. Mr Levy said:
‘There are some remarkable individuals involved who’ve already had significant success and in some cases have already won awards for their business.
‘We all know that the business environment has been very challenging in recent years and I’m delighted The Wild Geese company is able to help celebrate this level of achievement in Donegal’
The 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!
The owner of The Tipperary Steve Rowlands with The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Collection.
Wild Geese have flown far from Ireland since 1691. Many settled in new communities and raised families far from Ireland, writing new strands in the Legend of The Wild Geese. No matter how far they traveled their ancestry and dream of freedom for everyone has united them.
Two Wild Geese were prominent figures in the Battle of The Alamo in 1836: Davy Crockett and James Bowie.
James Bowie fought as part of the Texas Militia fighting the Mexican army lead by Santa Ana for the freedom of Texas. He marched into the Alamo in San Antonio de Bexar (modern day San Antonio) in January 1836 with orders to destroy the Mission. However, he soon decided that the Alamo would be very important to securing Texas. He wrote in a letter:
‘the salvation of Texas depends in great measure on keeping Bexar out of the hands of enemy… I have come to the solemn resolution that I would rather die in these ditches than give it up to the enemy’
Bowie pledged himself to this for the remainder of his days. He lead the Texas Militia troops in the stand against the approaching tyranny during a 13 day siege.
In the final days of the defense of the Alamo, he suffered pneumonia and as the Alamo was eventually stormed by the Mexican army, it is said that he even fought from his death bed, determined to stand against the enemy until his final breath.
Although the Alamo fell to the Mexican army in March 1836, the sacrifices of the brave men at the Alamo spurred on the Texas forces who defeated Santa Ana’s army a month later in April 1836.
James Bowie, a true Man of Action, did not die in vein.
The festive season is now upon us. At this time of year we come together with loved ones, sometimes fighting time and distance to spend the season with them.
Our latest video draws inspiration from what The Wild Geese left behind. Although these Men of Action stood strong in 1691 and achieved some remarkable things in their adopted communities, many left behind families. The took the name ‘The Wild Geese’ in the hope and belief that they would one day return. Their hearts remained focused on Ireland.
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.
The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey Collection is delighted to present the first in a series of innovative cocktail competitions in the UK!
Join us and 12 of London’s top bartenders in creating the best for this seasons challenge: “The ultimate Cafe Creme” using The Wild Geese Classic Blend. There will be a chance to sample our multi award winning, three times voted “Best Irish Whiskey”, The Wild Geese Collection and win a bottle of our superb Single Malt (SRP £54.99), so come along for a fun after work drink.
Also check out the free offer with the Wild Geese Classic Blend at Rex’s Restaurant, The Royal Exchange throughout next week.
After their defeat at The Battle of The Boyne, Patrick Sarsfield and his followers left Ireland. In the hope and belief that they would one day return, they took the name The Wild Geese; birds that always return to their homeland.
The parting, however, proved permanent. But this story of courage, commitment, adventure and freedom lives on.
The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey were sponsors of the San Antonio St. Patrick’s Day parade this year.
It’s astonishing to think that over 4000 miles from Ireland, a strong Irish community is still flourishing in San Antonio.
The first Irish migrants arrived in San Antonio to find a new frontier. Uncertain of what challenges they would face, they journeyed to these uncharted lands to build new lives for themselves.
Forty men of Irish descent died at The Battle of The Alamo, fighting for freedom and liberty. This included Davy Crockett, the renowned politician, soldier and folk hero.
The city’s Irish heritage is celebrated each St. Patrick’s Day, which we are very proud to have been a part of this year.
San Antonio epitomises a modern day thread of The Wild Geese and illustrates the fact that The Wild Geese brand and the experience of Irish people are one and the same.