A curious mind: Pat Rigney on building brands, scaling internationally and the future of hospitality
Pat Rigney helped Baileys become a global brand and co-founded Boru Vodka. However, be believes his latest business, a Leitrim distillery that produces Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, could be his biggest play yet.
30th Mar, 2022 - 17 min read
Dave Mulligan, the cocktail king, is determined to make you drink poitín
Craft Cocktails, the bottled cocktail lockdown hit, is just one aspect of Dave Mulligan's ambition to change the way the Irish drink. He talks to Alison Cowzer about the changes coming to the hospitality industry, how to retain staff during a national shortage and his vision for Irish moonshine.
9th Mar, 2022 - 25 min read
Food for thought: Tara McCarthy on Covid, Brexit and what inflation means for the Irish food industry
Despite Brexit and a global pandemic, Irish food and drink exports peaked last year. However, in a rapidly changing world, can the sector continue to thrive? Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy talks about the challenges and opportunities facing the food industry.
16th Feb, 2022 - 21 min read
Colm McCarthy on Covid economics, the future of sport and why the State should give hugs instead of pay rises
The economist Colm McCarthy assesses the government’s response to the pandemic, explains why tax increases are unavoidable and links the malfunction of Irish banks to the housing crisis. And he also argues that UEFA is utterly anti-competitive.
16th Jun, 2021 - 24 min read
Food, fulfilment and the future: Alison Cowzer meets Patrick Coveney
Having begun his career as a management consultant with McKinsey, Patrick Coveney has spent more than a decade running Greencore. In a revealing interview with Alison Cowzer, Coveney talks about the government's response to Covid-19, Brexit and his own future with the food giant.
21st Apr, 2021 - 20 min read
“Every single night, regardless if it was lashing rain, I travelled around Ireland taking pictures of people in their homes at twilight”
Photojournalist Ruth Medjber on touring with Hozier, why artists should never be too proud to take a job, the sexism she encountered in her career and why she always thinks in the language of Instagram.
2nd Nov, 2020 - 23 min read
“If you’re a businessperson right now, you may be questioning middle management and what are they doing”
Gavin Duffy maintains that he is a firm capitalist, but that he also believes it is time to change the nature of the relationship between the economy and society. He also believes that crisis will accelerate that change, while also forcing business owners to question the role of many middle managers.
8th Jun, 2020 - 19 min read
A contrarian pharmacist: “I believe that I know when I’m being sold to and I don’t want people to sell drugs. We don’t sell drugs”
From a standing start 20 years ago, Ade Stack has built a nationwide chain of 18 pharmacies with more than 200 staff. Stacks Pharmacy has achieved this by by-passing the high street and shopping centres in favour of establishing strong links within local communities.
17th Mar, 2020 - 19 min read
“Civil unrest doesn’t come from the impoverished, it comes from the people who have paid their dues and feel let down“
Gary McGann believes people need to see evidence of improvement if they are to regain trust in the establishment. In this candid interview, the business leader talks about politics, housing, betting and the highs and lows of his life in business.