Press & reviews

Uk indo 1The UK Independent of 4th March 2016 have written up great Irish tipples to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with – we are delighted to be included!

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Delighted to be included in this Washington Post piece from 11th February 2016


The Great Irish Bake Off Christmas Special on TV3 on 20th December: Caroline Hennessy, co-author of Slainte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider talks craft pairings for the festive season. Dalliance is perfect for St Stephen’s Day she say. You can watch back here

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Cider isn’t just for summer. In Kristen Jensen’s piece for the November 2015 Irish Times Winter Food & Drink Guide there is a lovely mention for Dalliance. Jensen is the co-author of Slainte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider :

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Wicklow People, 4th November: David Metcalf visits the cidery:
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Flying high! Delighted to feature in the Aer Lingus Business Class magazine of October 2015.  Just in case you weren’t flying to New York then, and if you were but weren’t in Business Class, then you can download the piece here:
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3rd September was the first Irish Cider Food Day. Organised by the guys behind Great Irish Beverages this took place in venues around the country. You can find out more, watch the video short here

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August 2015 and Liam Campbell reviews cider in the Sunday Independent of 23rd.

Of Dalliance he writes “Slightly cloudy with floral and yeasty aromas. A fresh and feminine style with an elderflower character and the lively acidity tempered by a slightly honeyed finish.”
You can read the full piece here:

In July we talked cider with Sharon Noonan on West Limerick 102FM. You can listen back here – scroll down to 28th July:

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The Sunday Business Post of 12th July and Tomás Clancy is writing about cider, a “terroir-driven Irish drink”:

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The July edition of Food and Wine Magazine is on the shelves. Raymond Blake takes a look at Irish cider. With a closer look at Dalliance 2013 too:

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The Daily Edge has “9 to Try Before You Die” on ciders, with  a cheese-matching mention for both Ballyhook Flyer 2013 and Dalliance 2013 (full piece here):

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The Irish Times, 6 June 2015, John Wilson asks How d’you like them apples? and says of Dalliance 2013 “A lovely floral nose, lightly sparkling with zippy fresh apple fruits, finishing dry” (full article here):

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June 2015, The Leinster Leader,  and Susan and Judith Boyle select their ciders for summer:

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May 2015 saw Simon in New York with some other Irish craft cider producers. With Olan Mc Neece from Dan Kelly’s cider the pair were interviewed for Heritage Radio Network, you can listen in the full interview here:

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May 2015 and it’s time for the return of the Ballymaloe Lit Fest, we are very much looking forward to talking Craft Cider with Leslie Williams of the Examiner. Great mention for the weekend by the Irish Times too.

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The Sunday Business Post, 3 May 2015 and Tomás Clancy gives Dalliance 2013 a score of 90!

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April 2015 saw the Cider Ireland Press Tasting which we were delighted to have taken part in. More about it here in the Drinks Industry Ireland magazine

March 2015 and we are very much looking forward to the West Waterford Food Festival, nice mention for it here in the Irish Times:

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4 October 2014, we are in good company in The Irish Times:

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14 October 2014 and Mary Dowey writes about Irish craft cider in this month’s Gloss Magazine, with Dalliance 2012 in her 3 of the Best:

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The September issue of Garden Heaven has Caroline Hennessy looking into “Irish wine” with a lovely mention for Ballyhook Flyer:

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4 September 2014 and it’s the book launch of “Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Craft Beer and Cider in Ireland” honoured to be included!

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30 August 2014 and Liam Campbell focuses on Irish craft cider in today’s Irish Independent, and includes Dalliance 2012 as one of his featured ciders:

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Flying high! Lovely mention in the August 2014 edition of Cara Magazine, (you can read the full online issue here):

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In the Sunday Business Post of 13 July 2014 Tomás Clancy writes about “Irish artisan cider: the apple of our isle” and mentions Ballyhook Flyer and Dalliance in his top 2 “refreshing Irish artisan ciders”

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The July 2014 issue of Food and Wine Magazine has Raymond Blake reaching for the cider when he makes a visit to Jus de Vine Off Licence in Portmarnock:

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The Irish Times of 26 June 2014 and “Dalliance” is in John Wilson’s Bottles of the Week “refreshing elegant cider with complex crisp fruits and a long finish” says Wilson. The full piece “Cider Houses Rule” is available on the Irish Times website here.

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John McKenna in the McKenna’s Guides writes about a recent Cider Ireland tasting saying that the Irish craft cider makers “have already achieved a shift in the language we use to describe drinks.
“A Ballyhook Flyer for me and a Cockagee Keeved for my friend, please barman”, sounds like the drinks order from a P. G. Wodehouse novel.” You can read the full piece here.


Wednesday 28 May 2014, Watch Susan Boyle (of A Wine Goose Chase fame) on her TV3 slot on Late Lunch Live reviewing cider – she kicks off with Craigies! (about 29:00 in)

The Sunday Times (Ireland) 25 May 2014 and Martin Moran writes about Simon’s activities, including the cider:

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The Irish Examiner of 12 April 2014 has ‘Dalliance’ as its Of The Week.

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Billy Lyon‘s blog, and ‘Dalliance’ is Taste of the Week, 21 May 2014:

The April 2014 edition of Food & Wine Magazine sees Angus and other Cider Ireland members taking part in the Guinea Pig club, a little wine tasting for a change.

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Craigies Irish Cider – “Bottle of the Week” in the Irish Times, Saturday 22nd June 2013:

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In the Irish Examiner of 13 April 2013 – Craigie’s Cider is Beer (?) of the Week – well, we’re very pleased!

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In Hot Press issue of 15 March 2013 Stuart Clark writes:

New kids on the Irish craft cider block – the first bottles hit the shelves in November 2012 – Angus Craigie and Simon Tyrell named their 5.8% ABV Ballyhook Flyer after a contraption they once entered into the Grange Con Soapbox Derby! Made in Wicklow from only the finest homegrown apples, it has a flavour that’s almost wine-like in its complexity and goes perfectly with all types of food.

Read the full article: Hot Press review page 1

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Article by Tomás Clancy in the Sunday Business  Post of 16 September 2013. Tomás Clancy writes of the Ballyhook Flyer

It is a handcrafted affair. It is made with an eye on wine palate sensibilities.

Read the full article here: Cider house rules Sunday Business Post 16 Sept 2012