Columnist and drinks expert Tomás Clancy saluted the Classic Blend with a score of 90, and a ‘very good quality’ rating.
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.
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.
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.
Hefferman won the gold medal in the 50km racewalking event, which took him through the streets of Moscow, into the Luzhniki Stadium. This makes him the third Irish athlete to win gold at the World Championships.
The 35 year old has been dedicated to his sport since he was 14, and even though he trains twice a day, everyday championship medals have alluded him.
‘I knew I was motivated. People go on about medals, for the last 11 years I’ve been motivated and challenging for a medal. For some reason or other I hadn’t won one’
This culminated last year at the London Olympics when he came fourth – just missing out on an Olympic medal. But Heffernan is certainly a fighter, believing that ‘you have to take the bad and the good’.
‘I was prepared for everything coming into [the 2013 World Athletics Championship]. I stayed thoroughly motivated this year after London when a lot of people take their foot off the gas.
‘I was very conscious of training hard and i had to be more motivated, because there was less hype for the World Champs. I was prepared for that mentally’
Heffernan kept a steady pace throughout the race. Racewalking has very strict rules and athletes must always keep in contact with the ground. Their supporting leg must remain straight until the raised leg passes it, making it difficult to increase speed in the race. But Hefferman beat all other opponents to the finish line by over a minute, with a time of 3 hours 37 minutes 56 seconds.
‘It’s surreal,’ the gold medal winner explained, ‘it’s just a great feeling. When I came into the stadium it just felt like an out-of-body experience. It’s hard to take it all in at the moment. I’m delighted.’
His wife has been a constant source of support for Heffernan, telling him to ‘go for it’ just before the race:
‘The aim for this year was that he’d get a result here and the fact that he has come back and got the gold is just phenomenal’
Now Heffernan has his eyes set on the Olympics once again and is planning to go to Rio in 2016.
Tucked away on a farm in Britain sits a barn where adventure crossed with danger during the Second World War. Gibraltar Farm near the village of Tempsford was home to 13,000 Special Operations Executive agents who launched espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance missions throughout occupied Europe.
Many of these were women, some from Ireland, who answered the call to adventure and aided the French Resistance movements on the continent.
This year local villagers, lead by surgeon Tazi Husain, are building a memorial to honour the 3,200 women who from the site.
‘These were brave people. They were driven to the barn with the windows curtained so they didn’t know where they were taking off from’
Two of these women were Mary Herbert and Patricia Maureen O’Sullivan. Both were originally from Ireland and these Wild Geese flew by the full moonlight into the uncertain abyss.
Mary Herbert was the first member of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) to join the SOE. Patricia Maureen O’Sullivan was parachuted into occupied France in March 1944 and the courage she displayed during her covert operations earned her the respect of her commanding officers. She received an MBE for her ‘patience, perseverance and devotion to duty’.
Local historian Bernard O’Connor says ‘they deserve to be remembered in their own right’. A sentiment we fully agree with. The memorial in Tempsford will be unveiled next month and will keep this sensational story alive for generations to come.
The world bid farewell to David Collins earlier this week. The highly talented Irish designer and architect was widely loved and is sure to be missed, but he certainly left a lasting impression on the world.
Graduating from Dublin’s Bolton Street School of Architecture, he fell into the world of interior design by chance after a friend hired him to work on his home. His grandfather was involved in housing and his father was an architect so David felt that design was ‘in his genes’. This started David on a path of extraordinary achievement in design and he soon became a titan in the industry.
His work caught the eye of chef Pierre Koffmann who hired him to refurbish his restaurant La Tante Claire in Chelsea, London. Collins set up the David Collins Studio in 1985 and more high profile jobs quickly followed.
David has created the interiors for Claridge’s Bar, The Connaught’s bar, The Wolseley and many other London institutions.
David also attracted the attention of major retailers who wanted him to add his own spin to their stores. These included Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods, Jimmy Choo and Alexander McQueen. His touch can certainly be felt throughout the city.
The fashion world has been remembering him over the past week. Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman shared how his influence stretched even further than architecture:
‘As well as being responsible for designing many of the most influential London restaurants and bars of our age, he was a dear friend of many at Vogue. His work merged luxury, glamour and heritage in an inimitable fashion and his company was always of the first and most enjoyable order’
He was an expert at marrying history and modernity, displayed superbly in his work at The Gilbert Scott restaurant in the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Speaking about the project he said:
‘Our design is a subtle intervention. Heritage buildings need to be considered carefully: the furniture, the palette, the artwork – the restaurant needs to be contemporary and acknowledge the significance of its surroundings’
Many stars flocked to his funeral this week, including Madonna who delivered a ‘beautiful speech’ during the service.
His legacy is a monument to design and comfort. For generations people will enjoy his work, perhaps in subtle ways when they appreciate the surroundings they have found themselves in, but he is still making an impression all the same.
After The Wild Geese left Ireland in 1691 they fought gallantly for their adopted communities. With ferocity and courage hey stood their ground on the battlefield, fighting for every cause but their own.
Patrick Sarsfield’s famous last words were ‘Oh, that this were for Ireland’. Sarsfield and many of the original Wild Geese did not see Ireland again after their departure, but in the early 1800s their descendants were given the chance to return home.
In his battle against the British Empire, Napoleon Bonaparte turned to Irish soldiers serving in Europe. He created the Legion Irlandaise to help lead an invasion of Ireland, recognising their skill on the battlefield, defiant hearts and abundant courage. They were at the core of his plans, at the head of an invasion force of 20,000 soldiers. The French and Irish cause was aligned. It was time for The Wild Geese to return home.
Unfortunately the invasion did not go according to plan. Napoleon’s forces could not break through the British blockade and fierce weather sent the ships back to the shores of France. Once again, The Wild Geese had to wait.
But ever the survivors the Irish Legion marched on. It received it’s own flag in 1804 and in 1805 it expanded into a full regiment, receiving troops from Ireland, Germany and Poland. It was the only foreign legion in the French army.
The regiment fought in many battles and were a particularly prominent force at the Siege of Astorga (21 March – 22 April 1810) when they lead the charge that captured the Spanish city. Undeterred from the failed attempt to return home, the soldiers in the regiment maintained a high level of commitment. The regiment’s drummer boy continued to beat his drum during the invading charge, even though he was critically wounded. For this, he was given the Legion of Honour.
The regiment was also awarded the French Imperial Eagle – a symbol of military importance.
In his memoirs, Napoleon wondered: ‘Had I gone on an Irish expedition rather than on the Egyptian one (1798 – 1801)… what would England be today? What would the continent and the political world be like?’
The tales of Irish soldiers have never been forgotten.