The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival launch was held in O'Connell's Restaurant in Donnybrook, last Wednesday 30th April at 6.30pm. Tom O'Connell and his professional team greeted the 70 guests with delicious platters of food, glasses of wine and tumblers of homemade mint lemonade.
Many of the festival's sponsors attended including; Paul O'Brien, Jeanne Kelly and Emer McGuire from Kerrygold- the festival title sponsor, Helen McDaid from Failte Ireland, Declan Coppinger from Bord Bia, Grace Cox from Ballymaloe Country Relish and Helma Honda and Jose Neif from Proper and Authentic.
John Bowman launched the festival with a lovely introduction followed by a set of questions to both Festival Directors, Rory O'Connell and Darina Allen, festival participant and host, Rachel Allen and Jeanne Kelly, Head of Corporate Communications, Kerrygold.
It was a fantastic evening and a great launch of the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine. We would like to thank O'Connell's Restaurant for the fabulous hospitality, Host & Co for organising the event and all our guest for joining us!
Brian Cleere and Catriona McBride from The Irish Dairy Board, Corinna Hardgrave -The Sunday Times, Catherine Cleary - Irish Times, Brian Walsh- RTE, Catherine Lee - RTE Guide, Carmen and Lupita from the Mexican Embassy, Donal Skehan, Mary Dowey - The Gloss, Georgina Campbell, John Wilson and Jan Scales - The Irish Times, Katy McGuiness -The Gloss and Sunday Times, Liam Campbell- Irish Independent, Leslie Tummlly - Social and Personal, Myles McWeeney, Richard Power -Image Publications, Bob McMullen, Grace Cox- Ballymlaoe Country Relish, Grainne Ahearne - RTE Producer, Guadalupe - Mexican Embassy, Dee Laffan- Easy Food, Anita Ward- RTE, Ruth Bergin and Julie Dalton, Sharon Hearne Smith- Food Stylist, Susan Boyle - A Wine Goose Chase, Tim Koumarianos - Image, Think House, Orla Broderick- Irish Food Writers Guild, Olga Williams, Isaac Allen, Cullen Allen, Nicki Howard, Deridre Nolan and Teresa Daly - Gillian McMillan, Miriam Atkins- Food and Wine Magazine, Moira Godwin, Meg Walker -Image Magazine, Mary O'Sullivan - Sunday Independent Living Editor, Margaret Maher - Kitchen Compliments, Kelly Johnstone - Slow Food Ireland, Katie Bergin, Joanne Murphy, Blathnaid Bergin- The School of Restaurant and Kitchen Management, Ireland's Blue Book Michelle and Deirdre Regan, Niamh Wade -Cara Maagazine, Pascal Rossingol- Le Caveau, Raymond Blake - Food and Wine, Roger Jupp, Avril from Body and Soul, Aoife McElwain - Icanhascook, Gwen Chapple - Fashion City, David Hare -Inproduction Tv, Ann Macnamee, Kitchen Compliments and Aoife Cox - The Daily Spud.