An Evening with Pete McCarthy

"An Evening with Pete McCarthy", author of McCarthy’s Bar and The Road to McCarthy, took place on 1st October at 8.00 pm in Dunmore House Hotel, Clonakilty.

Pete's performance proved as stimulating and entertaining as everyone anticipated it would be. If you have read his first book you will be aware of the particular affection he holds for West Cork, and this was certainly portrayed at the outset of the evening when he expressed how delighted he was to be invited to West Cork, "Without the inspiration of West Cork, I don't think my career as an author would have kick-started the way it has".

The evening also included a sit down buffet of local produce and live music after the main performance. Overall the evening was a remarkable success and one to be repeated.


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A Taste of West Cork Food & Wine Evening

A Taste of West Cork Food & Wine Evening in association with Fuchsia Brands & Brosnans Spar took place on Wednesday 2nd October 2002 at 7pm. The event was held in Ballydehob Community Hall and all proceeds went to Local Voluntary Organisations. The event proved to be a great success and all who attended enjoyed tasting the many local products available in West Cork.

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Roches Stores West Cork Food Promotion

A Taste of West Cork Food Promotion took place in Roches Stores Supervalu, Patrick Street, Cork City, on Thursday & Friday 26th & 27th September. Over fifteen Fuchsia Branded companies were represented and displayed their products for tastings.Everyone who came along enjoyed tasting the wide variety of wonderful West Cork products on offer.


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Great Taste Awards

At the Great Taste Awards presented in London on Sunday September 8th, Fuchsia Branded companies have once again won a haul of medals, nine in total including two Gold Medals.

Woodcock Smokery, Castlehaven  
Wild Smoked Salmon Gold
West Cork Herb Farm, Church Cross  
Sweet Pepper Relish Gold
Molaga Honey, Timoleague  
Honey with Irish Whiskey Silver
Follain Teo, Ballyvourney  
Orange Marmalade Silver
Follain Teo  
Mango Chutney Bronze
Follain Teo  
Mexican Salsa Bronze
Follain Teo  
Strawberry Jam Bronze
Follain Teo  
Tommato based soup Bronze
Rosscarbery Oysters  
Seafood Chowder Bronze

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Fuchsia Excellence Awards 2002

The inaugural Fuchsia Excellence Awards were presented on Saturday 20th July in The Lodge & Spa at Inchydoney Island and were held in conjunction with the "Taste of West Cork Festival".

The event provided an opportunity to shine a light on the achievements of local food and tourism businesses in progressing both their own objectives, and those of the Fuchsia initiative.

The awards were presented in conjunction with an array of organizations that are key supporters of the regional brand.

Award winners and sponsors pictured at the awards night.


Outstanding Application of the Fuchsia Brand by a Food Enterprise
Outstanding Application of the Fuchsia Brand by a Tourism Enterprise
Product Innovation
Network Excellence
Excellence in Environmental Practice
Use of the Fuchsia Brand by an Outlet
Excellence in Design
Excellence in Farm Diversification - Food
Excellence in Farm Diversification - Tourism
Excellence in Training & Staff Development
Excellence in Information Technology
Supreme Achievement Award
Excellence in Hygiene

Participants in both the Tourism Training Programme and the HACCP Training Programme were also presented with their certificates on the night.

Participants of the Tourism Training Programme which was run in conjunction with CERT.

Participants of the HACCP Training Programme which was run in conjunction with The National Food Centre.

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A Taste of West Cork Festival

The Taste of West Cork Food Fair took place from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st of July 2002 at Harte's Eurospar Supermarket, Clonakilty. The event was run by Fuchsia Brands Ltd in conjunction with Harte's Eurospar and was in aid of Mount Carmel Hospital, Clonakilty and COPE Foundation, Clonakilty. 

The event began with a Breakfast Buffet at 8.30 Friday morning with guest speaker Mick Galwey, Munster Rugby captain. The Druid Chef, Ruairí Ó Moracháin gave a Cooking Demonstration later that evening at 8 pm, which included a cheese and wine reception sponsored by Carbery Natural Cheese. "The Druid Chef's traditional Irish cuisine reaches back to a golden age beyond the potato, with choice organic and wholesome foods, as he brings to the table the elements and the history of Celtic culture". Ruairí has cooked for many rich and famous people - Lady Diana and Prince Charles, Michael Jackson and Ronald Reagan among them.

Saturday's events included a Kids Cookery Workshop between 11 am & 1 pm and 2 pm & 4 pm. A Food & Wine Promotion took place between 2 & 5 pm with music in the marquee. Fuchsia Brands held the 2002 Fuchsia Excellence Awards at 8 pm in the Lodge & Spa Hotel, Inchydoney Island.

The Food & Wine Promotion continued from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday as well as a Barbeque and Kids Entertainment.

The Breakfast Meeting:

Guest Speaker, Mick Galwey with Paudie Palmer.

From left: Paudie Palmer, Roy Maguire, Mick Galwey, Ger Harte. 

The Breakfast Marquee.

The Cookery Demonstration:

The Druid Chef Ruairí O Moracháin

A sample of the fine food on the menu for the cookery demonstration.


The Kids Cookery Workshop:

Kids hard at work at the cookery workshop.


Ruairí O Moracháin photographed with the kids after completion of the workshop.

The Food & Wine Promotion:

Jerry Collins, Molaga Honey and Richard Fitzgerald, Shorescape displaying their products for tastings.


Tasters sample the wide range of West Cork products available at the Food & Wine Marquee.

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Murphy's Irish Open 2002

Fota Island Golf Course in Co Cork was once again host to the Murphy's Irish Open. This year's event was held from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th June and was considered to be one of Ireland's leading sporting events. Fuchsia Brands Ltd had a three unit display area, which was located in "The Tented Village", where they undertook a series of tastings of the wide variety of Fuchsia Branded products over the four day event. They were joined by the Westlodge Hotel, Bantry and the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, along with their local golf clubs. Carbery Natural Cheese also attend the event and provided tastings of their products. Kinsale Chamber of Tourism were represented by Actons Hotel and the Trident Hotel.  If you would like aditional information on the event visit

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West Cork Food & Drink Fair

On Saturday and Sunday the 8th and 9th of June the West Cork Food and Drink Fair took place in Manning's Emporium, Ballylickey, West Cork. The event ran from 9.30 am to 5 pm on Saturday and from 10.30 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Approximately 20 Fuchsia Brands food companies participated in the event and had their wide range of local products available for tastings. Special guest of honour was Michael Duffy, Chief Executive Bord Bia. The Sunday Cooking Demonstration was given by Seamus O'Connell, Ivory Tower Restaurant. Fuchsia Brands were one of the main sponsors of the event. Other sponsors included Kerry Spring Natural Spring Water, Bord Bia Irish Food Board, Horgan's Delicatessen Supplies Ltd, and Shell South of Ireland Petroleum. 

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A Taste of Baltimore

This year's Taste of Baltimore festival took place on May 25th and 26th. With more food producers, more space and an exciting schedule of events, the festival was a great success. The large number of attendants were in no way effected by the poor weather conditions.  

This year the festival incorporated the inaugural West Cork Traditional Sailing Yawl Festival. These working boats are part of West Cork’s maritime heritage and of course relate strongly to the theme of seafood. Boating activities included exhibitions on the boats, boat trips and a sail making demonstration.
Fourteen Fuchsia Branded Companies took part in the event, some of which can be seen below.

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The 2002 Food and Wine Fair

As part of our on going promotions, the 2002 Food and Wine Fair, in association with Barry Collins Super Valu, Carrigaline, took place in the Carrigaline Court Hotel on Wednesday 10th April 2002 at 6 pm. 18 Fuchsia Branded companies which were all listed with Super Valu, Carrigaline partisipated in the event. Almost €4,800 was raised from the event which was donated to the Marymount Hospice, Cork.

From left to right: David Collins, Supervalu Carrigaline, Jean O'Sullivan, 
Teresa Morgan, Supervalu Carrigaline and Kevin Santry.

Elmar Nolan, Union Hall Smoked Fish, giving tasters a sample of her well known smoked salmon.

Kathleen McCarthy, Padraigin's Pizza displaying the product to tasters.

Kevin Santry and Jean O'Sullivan with some of 
the tasters who attended the food and wine evening.

The wide range of Fuchsia Brands products which were on display
at the food and wine evening in carrigaline.

Ms Finola O'Sullivan, Mary Mount Hospice, David Collins, Collins Super Valu, Kevin Santry.

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Fuchsia Brands Food Members Evening

A meeting of all the Fuchsia Branded Food Companies took place on Thursday 4th April in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery. Special guest speaker was Prof. John A Murphy, UCC who gave a talk on "West Cork Anatomy and Essence". A selection of Fuchsia Branded products were available for tasting on the night. The event was a good opportunity for the members to network and see the wide range of products available under the Fuchsia Brand.

Prof. John A Murphy UCC

From left to right: Padraig Crowley, Padraigin's Pizza, Yvonne Collins, Callatrim Foods, 
Shea O'Dwyer, Coolmore Foods

Frank Krawczyk, Una Ni Chara, Beara Preserves, Jeffa Gill, Durrus Cheese

Andreas Haubold, Baking Emporium, Vincent Ahern, West Cork LEADER, 
John Verling, West Cork LEADER, Bernard Murphy, Heron Foods

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Fuchsia Brands Tourism Members Evening

A meeting of all the Fuchsia Branded Tourism Establishments took place on Tuesday 26th March in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, in conjunction with the West Cork Tourism Activities Evening. A variety of visitor facilities, accommodation and amenities were represented, highlighting the comprehensive range of attractions available to visitors and tourists alike. The meeting was well attended and the opportunities available for marketing support under the new LEADER programme were outlined.  

The latest West Cork Tourism initiative, a guide to accommodation and attractions was launched on the night. Handsomely presented, concise and with strong visuals the guide gives due prominence to the Fuchsia Brand initiative. The publication contains a directory listing of all West Cork Tourism members. Tourism establishments that have met the Fuchsia Brand quality approval are prominently highlighted throughout.

The West Cork Tourism Guide

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The BWG Caterserv Munster Catering Trade Show

Caterserve, the Food Service division of BWG Foods Ltd, in association with the Munster Branch Panel of Chefs, held the 2002 Munster Catering Show on March 12th & 13th 2002. The show took place in the INEC, Gleneagles, Killarney. 48 companies took part in the event including 15 companies representing Fuchsia Brands. 6 of theese companies attended the event and had the opportunity to meet, and present their product to caterers and hoteliers for the Kerry, Cork and the South West region. Theese companies were Cottage Foods, Shellfish de la Mer, Collins Dairy Farm, Follain Teoranta, Union Hall Smoked Fish and Gallan Farmhouse Foods. In addition, the Panel of Chefs arranged a full programme of prepared and live cooking competitions which ran over the two days.

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Millstreet Country Park Delicatessen Food & Wine Day

The Country Park Delicatessen, Millstreet celebrated its first birthday by hosting a Food and Wine Day on Satherday 14th Feburary. All Fuchsia Brand products listed in the delicatessen were displayed for tastings on a stand in the store. The event recieved a great responce from the local people who were all very impressed by the wide variety of Irish foods and fine wines on offer.

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