Seamus O Hara

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Total turnover of Irish craft beer producers in 2017 amounted to €44.3 million. Photograph: Tom Honan

There has been an explosion in the number of Irish craft breweries opening up over the past decade, with a vast and growing selection of beers now ava(...)

Conor McGregor speaks to the media while holding up his Notorious’ brand of whiskey after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr  in their super welterweight bout in Las Vegas, Nevada, last August. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

En route to the summit of the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), Conor McGregor has cracked quite a few skulls. What he is finding much harder to crac(...)

Irish MMA world champion Conor McGregor is slugging it out with a number of consumer brands in various trademark disputes. Photograph: David Sleator

Dublin fighter Conor McGregor’s attempt to tie down several trademarks related to his personal brand is facing legal opposition from multinational con(...)

 Conor McGregor: has proven himself to have considerable commercial and media acumen. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty

The Dublin-born mixed martial arts superstar, Conor McGregor, is facing a fresh setback to his plan to cash in on his name by launching a whiskey bran(...)

Inside Urban Brewing, Vault C in the Chq Building, Custom House Quay, IFSC, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We’ve always had a great pub culture in Ireland – which we’ve exported around the world – but our beers have lagged behind. “Now there’s a bit of catc(...)

He’s got bottle: after the Floyd Mayweather bout, Conor McGregor said he planned to sell an Irish whiskey called Notorious. Photograph:  Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Fresh from earning $100 million for fighting Floyd Mayweather, Dublin sportsman Conor McGregor is now limbering up for a series of trademark battles t(...)

Pictured are some of the brewers appearing at the forthcoming Irish Craft Beer Festival at the RDS are (Front) Barry Hegarty, Galway Hooker, Jonathon Spielberg, Craftworks, Jonathon Scott, Scotts Irish Cider, Brendan Crowley, McGargles Brewery, Paddy Doyle, O’Hara’s Brewery, (Back row) Caitriona Kelly, JW Sweetman, Quincy Fennelly, Wicklow Wolf, Cameron Wallace, 8 Degrees, Richard Hamilton, Craftworks and Micheal Cowan, Manor Brewery & Co. Photograph: Orla Murray/ Ark Photography

The number of microbreweries operating in the Republic has more than trebled since 2012 to 63, underscoring the public’s newfound love for craft beer,(...)

Seamus O’Hara, chief executive of Carlow Brewing Company, also known as O’Hara’s Brewery. “Independent breweries are run by people who are interested in beer; the beer conglomerates are run by accountants.”

It is almost 20 years since Seamus O’Hara founded the Carlow Brewing Company. Back in 1996 the outlook for the discerning beer drinker was “very blea(...)

The Irish craft beer industry is on course for sales of more than €15 million in 2014 with sales increasing by 50 per cent this year alone. A report, (...)

The craft trail: ‘There was an attempt in the 1980s to set up microbreweries, but the Irish public wasn’t ready for it. Now so many more of us have travelled and we have higher expectations’

Man has been brewing beer since some enterprising and observant soul found out that a mixture of fomented wild barley, wild yeast and rainfall produce(...)