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The Hardware Show 2017 - Biggest Show Ever

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is delighted to announce, with three months to go, that The Hardw...


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GIY Profile - Ballymaloe Cookery School

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Ballymaloe is the only cookery school in the world that is located in the middle of a 100-acre, organic farm of which ten acres are devoted to organic market gardens, orchards and greenhouses. Students learn to cook with a large variety of the freshest ingredients - for instance, we grow over 40 different types of tomatoes alone!

There are a range of gardening courses run throughout the year that are taught by our senior lecturer Susan Turner who was previously head gardener at Yalding Organic Gardens in the UK before taking up the same position at Ballymaloe Cookery School.  Susan has worked extensively in Israel, Germany and South Africa and has been lecturing on all aspects of horticulture since 2001.

The formal pleasure gardens are beautifully laid out and maintained and in the height of summer the herbaceous borders burst into flower. The herb garden is planted in the classic old Victorian knot style within 200 year old beech hedging. In the summer months the glasshouses are bursting with organic vegetables and herbs ready to be picked and taken straight to the eager students in the kitchens. Happy fat free range pigs greedily feed on any veggies left over. Healthy looking free range hens run around the place everywhere and Darina Allen likes to keep special and distinct breeds of fowl in movable chicken runs.

The kitchens and all the school buildings including the dining room, lecture rooms, library and self-catering accommodation - are located in delightful former farm buildings. Like the best traditional farms this is a family run business. There is a cheerful, friendly, welcoming atmosphere to the school, plus, of course, it is incredibly peaceful and beautiful. Visitors can sign up for afternoon cookery demonstrations most week days and it is by no means unusual to learn how to make 20 recipes in an afternoon. There are also half day, one day, two and half day and weeklong courses throughout the year.

The Cookery School is supplied with fresh fish straight from the boats in Ballycotton and as much as possible Darina supports the small local artisan food producers. Organic, local, fresh, Ballymaloe Cookery School

Source : GIY Profile - Ballymaloe Cookery School

Featured Event

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Mar
2017

05 March 2017 - 06 March 2017

RDS Simmonscourt @ Simmonscourt, Merrion Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland

The Hardware Show 2017

Date & Time: Sunday 5th & Monday 6th March 2017 from 9.30 - 5.00pm.

The Hardware Show 2017, Ireland’s premier trade event for hardware/DIY retailers and builders merchants takes place on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th March at the new larger venue of RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin. Off the back of increased confidence in the industry, the show is set to be the biggest event of its kind next year.

Kieran Burke, Commercial Director of Grafton Merchanting ROI and Vice-President of Hardware Association Ireland, comments: ‘The 2017 Hardware Show will build on the success of the 2015 Show by enhancing both the visitor and exhibitor experience. The Show will be larger with clear emphasis on attracting greater visitor numbers. To facilitate the ‘bigger and better’ Show, we are delighted that the Show will take place in Ireland’s premier conference facility, RDS Simmonscourt. I would encourage all stakeholders in the industry to participate, it’s your Trade Show!

The show will feature:

  • Innovation Awards
  • Presidents Ball
  • Hardware Education Hub
  • Industry Advice & Presentations
  • HAI Hub
  • All the Latest Products and Innovations
  • Over 3500sqm Exhibition

Organized by Hardware Association Ireland (HAI), the industry’s trade association, the biennial show is already 66% sold with over 2,400sqm taken and has the capacity to go to 3,600sqm. New features of the show include a Demonstration Zone, involving best practice and handling for tools and products from four key areas – Building Materials, Paint/Décor, DIY/Hardware and Plumbing/Bathrooms; a Skills Zone where apprentices will show off their skills in the areas of Electrical and Plumbing and HAI have joined forces with Google who will bring the latest innovation and technology to the show.

The Hardware Show is recognized for bringing together leading brands across the retail and merchant sector and the extra capacity at the RDS means more opportunities for suppliers and visitors alike.

Companies who have already booked space include ABC Abrasives, Amalgamated Hardware, Ames True Temper, Aquasource Distributors, Arc Building Products, B&G, Birkdale Sales, Bostik Industries, Brett Martin, Calor Gas, Canadia Distributors, Classic Hardware, Contech, Core Software, CPL Fuels, Crown Paints, CQFD Profiles, Curust, John Dargan & Sons, Deanta Doors, DFE Ltd, Donal Lynch Hardware, Dosco, Draper Tools, DS Supplies, Dulux, Eastern Agencies, Ecological Building, Fleetwood, Frisco, Gorilla Glue, Henkel, Herbst Software, Homeline, IITC, IKO Ltd, Intact Siftware, Irish Cement, Jefferson Professional Tools & Equipment, John Murphy Castlerea, Keypoint Abrasives, Kilsaran, Larsen Building Products, Locks & Hardware, McLoughlins RS, N and C Enterprises, OHRA Regalanlagen GmBH, Olympics Fixings Ireland, Pipelife, Portwest, Rawlplug, Regatta Professional, Retail Distribution Systems, Rhino Distribution, Ronseal, Shop4choice, Sika Everbuild, Snickers Workwear, Solus Bulbs, St. Gobain, Stafford Fuels, Tegral, Timco, Tucks Fasteners, Tucks O’Brien, United Hardware, Uppercross Enterprises, Varian IS & Co, Waterford Stanley, WEEE Ireland, Westaro Hosing, Whiteriver Group and Wood Concepts.

More brands and additional show features will be announced over the coming months.

Annemarie Harte, CEO of HAI said: "We are delighted that having made the move to the RDS the industry has responded well and with just under six months to go we are in excess of 50% exhibitor space sold. We are responding by introducing new features to attract more visitors and to ensure this will be the biggest and best show yet.”

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About Hardware Association Ireland (HAI):
Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is the national representative body for hardware/DIY retailers and builders merchants, as well as manufacturers/distributors to the trade. We uniquely represent all levels of the supply chain and include within our membership ranks national and international companies, multi-branch chains and smaller independent hardware businesses. HAI speaks with one consolidated voice and fulfills a unique and vital role in connecting merchants with their suppliers in a non-commercial environment. HAI members play a key role in the construction supply chain, providing an efficient and effective route to market for building material products and a vital source of credit to customers.

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