Wild Geese Support Irish Businesses

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When The Wild Geese left Ireland in 1691, they believed they were securing the freedom of the country. They held their heads high as they boarded ships at Limerick having chosen exile for the good of their people.

Inspired by their courage and commitment to Ireland, we are contributing to Donegal’s Back To Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme. In tough economic times, it’s important to display the same camaraderie as Patrick Sarsfield and his followers.

Named ‘The Wild Geese Enterprise Award’ this scheme will help generate local business and help to revitalise the local economy. The Wild Geese Company Chairman, Mr. Andre Levy explains:

‘The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey celebrates the courage and determination of the Irish people when faced with adversity, and their successes and achievements. It’s important that we also celebrate and encourage local individuals in Ireland who have fought through hardship to succeed. Schemes such as The Back To Work Enterprise Allowance in Donegal, where unemployment has been a major problem, offer the support and advice needed to allow individuals to forge their own path in business in Ireland rather than overseas’

The CEO of the Donegal Local Development Company Ltd, Dr Caoimhím Mac Aoidh, adds:

‘DLDC is delighted to accept this considerable and most generous sponsorship support from The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey. We recognise their sponsorship of The Wild Geese Enterprise Award is acknowledgement and admiration for the participants of the Back To Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme who have shown great courage and tenacity in setting up their businesses in such challenging times. Our partnership with The Wild Geese in this instance is an excellent one as that company has similarly proven to have great business acumen in developing their company and product range’

The first Wild Geese Enterprise Award will be presented in early 2014.
Find out more about the Back To Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme here: http://www.dldc.org/sip_business_startup.html 

Wild Geese To Be Honoured At Tip O’Neill Award 2013

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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 Irish Whiskey.

The Gathering: The Connaught Telegraph Features The Wild Geese!

We’re really pleased to see The Connaught Telegraph picked up our support of co. mayo’s flagship Gathering celebration!

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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.

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Travel Retail’s Wild Geese: Alan Brennan

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

 

Classic Blend Recognised as Top Independent Irish Whiskey

Classic 70cl WWWe’re very proud to announce that The Wild Geese 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 Wild Geese Classic Blend is ideal for a wide range of cocktails but is also great on it’s own.

 

The Gathering: Wild Geese at In Humbert’s Footsteps

County Mayo welcomed French troops at the weekend when the In Humbert’s Footsteps battle re-enactment took place. On Sunday 18th August we watched as Castlebar was overtaken with a re-enactment of the famous 1798 battle.

As part of The Gathering, In Humbert’s Footsteps not only brought history to life, but the event served as a reminder of the impact Ireland’s history has had on the world, as well as the country itself. Wild Geese have come back to Ireland, realising the dream of Patrick Sarsfield and his followers and proving that they play a very important role in the county’s future.

We were very proud to support the Victory Concert, as it was a chance to meet with Irish dignitaries, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and celebrate the Irish experience today.

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Protege International Chairman Mr Andre Levy with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, celebrating the Irish experience

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Two battle re-enactors raising a glass of Wild Geese to the strong Irish-Franco relationship that still exists today

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The Gathering 2013: In Humbert’s Footsteps

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We’re very proud to be supporting In Humbert’s Footsteps festivities in Co. Mayo, Ireland.

As part of The Gathering, Co. Mayo are recreating the invasion lead by General Jean Joseph Amable Humbert in 1798, who joined with Irish rebels to free Ireland. He landed in Killala and fought his way to Castlebar, where we will be sponsoring a Victory Concert that brings all sides together to celebrate this moment in history, which follows a huge battle re-enactment of the Battle of Castlebar.

In Humbert’s Footsteps marks an important point in the Irish-Franco relationship. Back in 1691 when The Wild Geese left Ireland, their first destination was France. Many entered military service and would later plan their own invasion of Ireland under Napoleon Bonaparte. Although this was not to be, their courage and skill were recognised and celebrated. This relationship continues to this day and we’re very happy to a part of commemorating it.

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Travel Retail’s Wild Geese: Garrett Coogan

The Moodie Report Issue 89 - The Wild Geese Irish Whiskey - 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 Irish Whiskey - 25 July 2013Click here to read issue 88 of The Moodie Report e-zine.