Author: Norma Dinneen

We had a wonderful evening celebrating the best of Irish cheese at the 2021 CÁIS Irish Cheese Awards in the Grain Store at Killruddery.  The awards celebrate the Irish Farmhouse Cheese sector and are organising by CÁIS the Association of Irish Farmhouse Cheesemakers of which Tom is chairperson and Norma is secretary. It is a hugely important date in our calendar, as we come together as a community to celebrate our achievements. This year the judges had the particularly difficult task of putting the eclectic variety of 220 cheeses entered to the taste test to identify their chosen worthy award-winners. This

In a 'normal' year, all the family would be in Dingle this weekend enjoying the Dingle Food Festival and the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards. We have enjoyed success at the awards since diversifying our dairy farm and building our cheese dairy in 2018. In 2019, in our first year of production we won the Gold Medal for Best Irish Hard Cheese, in 2020 we honoured to win the Gold Medal for Best Dairy Milk and this year we are thrilled to be bringing home the Bronze Medal for our brand new smoked farmhouse cheese.   Our thanks to all the

We had a very special delivery to Bó Rua Farm this afternoon from Sean at Cloncannon Biofarm. These two little pigs are the firsts pigs on the farm in fifty years. Curly & Pigín (our Muc Rua) are a cross breed between duroc and tamworth. They are going to be reared free-range, and will enjoy whey from the cheese dairy whenever it's available.    

This afternoon Tom was honoured to be elected the new chairperson of CÁIS, The Association Of Irish Farmhouse Cheesemakers, along with a stellar committee of fellow cheesemakers including: 🐐 St. Tola Irish Goat Cheese🐄  Coolattin Cheddar🐄  Mikes Fancy Cheese🐑  Velvet Cloud🐐  Killeen Farmhouse Cheese🐄  Hegarty cheese🐄  Cashel Blue🐄  Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese🐄  Derg Farmhouse Cheese🐐  Boyne Valley Blue Cheese Tom is looking forward to a productive year ahead!

Norma is the latest recruit to the panel of voluntary ACORNS Lead Entrepreneurs. The ACORNS programme has been designed to support early-stage female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland and runs over six months part-time. Based on a belief that entrepreneurs learn best from each other, the ACORNS initiative is centred around interactive round table sessions that are facilitated by female entrepreneurs, known as ‘Lead Entrepreneurs’, who have started and successfully grown businesses in rural Ireland. Norma is the first past participant to be invited to step into the Lead Entrepreneur role. See acorns.ie for more information.