Meath launch of 'Support your local...' Campaign highlights importance of drinks industry to county

Wednesday, 7 May 2014


Wednesday, 7th May 2014: The Meath launch of the drink industries major national campaign entitled ‘Support Your Local…’ took place today in Ryan’s Bar, Trimgate Street, Navan. The campaign is designed to highlight the significant financial and social contribution made by the Irish drinks industry all around the country, including:
    • Employing 2,150 people in Meath
    • Buying €2.6 million worth of agricultural inputs from Meath
    • Offering a unique hospitality experience, renowned internationally, in the 229 pubs and hotels of Meath
    • An alcohol related wage bill of €49 million in Meath

The event was part of a series of rolling regional media events around the country, following a national launch on Monday the 28th of April where a new wide-ranging report by Tony Foley from the DCU Business School: ‘Drinks Related Employment in Dáil Constituencies’ was released.

Speaking about the report, Tony Foley, Economist, DCU Business School said:

“The national economic impact of the drinks industry is substantial. There are 8,298 public houses and other bars and almost 1,700 full off-licences. In addition to the large brewers and distillers there are 25 craft or micro-breweries and 15 new distilleries are being developed. Nationally, the drinks industry directly provides 63,000 full or part-time jobs with a wages bill of €885m and purchases over €1 billion of Irish produced agricultural, other materials and services inputs. These purchases support about 11,600 jobs. The direct and indirect employment total of 74,600 supports an additional 17,500 jobs. Overall, the drinks industry supports over 92,000 jobs.”
Speaking at the Meath Launch of ‘Support Your Local…’ was:

Bart Storan, Campaign Manager, ‘Support Your Local…’:

“This is an exceptional industry, with fantastic stories full of rich detail to tell. So when we say ‘Support Your Local’, we are taking about supporting your local farmer; supporting your local distillery; supporting your local pub, restaurant, hotel or independent off-licence; and supporting your local community. The campaign will be bringing the message about the positive role that the industry plays in Ireland around the country. We will be asking people to support an industry that is a proud part of our history – but which is also an exciting part of our future. We are calling on the people of Meath to support their local and log on to / which will act as the online focal point of the campaign.”
Alex Mount Charles, Slane Whiskey said:

“The Irish Whiskey industry is experiencing an amazing period of growth at the moment and it’s very exciting to be a part of this, with the Slane Castle Distillery due to open in 2016. The new distillery will be a perfect example of Irish grain to glass production, which we hope will provide a great boost to the local economy. Water will be sourced from the adjacent River Boyne and the barley will be grown on the fertile Estate lands and malted and milled onsite. Nothing will go to waste with spent grains feeding the Estate cattle herd, co-products generating methane to help power the stills and excess thermal energy heating the castle. Visitors will be able to witness the entire production process in the Visitor Centre, which is also being built at the moment.
Ireland has a huge opportunity to promote Irish whiskey and its associated tourism on a both a global and local scale. To make this happen, we need the support of government, key stakeholders and the wider industry on both a national and a localised basis. I would therefore encourage everyone in Meath to ‘Support Your Local…’”
Michael Ryan, Ryan’s Bar:

“The Irish pub offers a unique hospitality experience that is renowned the world over. When tourists come to Ireland they want to go to an Irish pub, they want to enjoy a pint in the welcome surrounds of locals. The pub is the hub of the local town, it is the heart of the local community. If we are going to preserve that, we need to support our locals, which is why I am delighted to lend my support to this campaign to call on people to ‘Support Your Local…’”

Cathal McEntee, McEntee’s Off-Licence, Kells:

“Independent off licence`s like mine are located in the heart of the community, providing knowledge and expertise in the retail of quality artisan wine, beers and spirits by staff trained to retail in the most responsible manner possible, so that is why I welcome the Support Your Local…initiative”

An industry-wide pledge clarifying the members’ position on the necessary steps that must be taken in order to address alcohol misuse was issued at the national launch of the campaign on Monday 28th of April in Dublin. It stated that the signatories have sought to work with government in order to play an appropriate role in addressing issues pertaining to the misuse of alcohol in this country, and called on government to address alcohol misuse by:
    • Addressing the sale of cheap alcohol
    • Introducing a statutory ban on price-based advertising
    • Introducing statutory codes to regulate the merchandising of alcohol
    • The ‘Support Your Local…’ campaign is supported and funded by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland. All members of that group – including suppliers, pubs, restaurants, hotels and independent off-licences are enthusiastically asking people to recognise the massive contribution that the industry makes to local communities all over Ireland, and are calling on everyone to ‘Support Your Local…’


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John Quirke is issuing photography from the launch event, and it is available upon request at the contact details above.

A copy of ‘Drinks Related Employment in Dail Constituencies’ is available at / or upon request.

Industry Statement

28th April 2014
To whom it may concern,
We the undersigned have sought to work with government in order to play an appropriate role in addressing issues pertaining to the misuse of alcohol in this country.
Furthermore, we now call on government to address alcohol misuse by:
Addressing the sale of cheap alcohol
Introducing a statutory ban on price-based advertising
Introducing statutory codes to regulate the merchandising of alcohol.
The drinks industry makes a massive contribution to Ireland – both in economic and social terms. Reducing alcohol-related harm is in all of our best interests.


Maggie Timoney, Chair, Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland and Managing Director, Heineken Ireland

David Smith, Chair, Irish Brewers Association and Country Director, Diageo Ireland

Peter Morehead, Chair, Irish Spirits Association and Production Director, Irish Distillers

Michael Foley, Chair, Irish Wine Association and Marketing Director at Findlater Wine & Spirit Group

Tom O’Brien, Chair, Licensed Vintners Association

Evelyn Jones, Chair, National Off-Licence Association

Tim Fenn, Chief Executive Officer, Irish Hotels Federation

Padraic Og Gallagher, President, Restaurants Association of Ireland

Gerry Rafter, President, VFI