Logo name authorBy Mark Keane

This coming weekend, starting at 5pm Friday, The Bernard Shaw in Portobello, will be hosting the Jameson Black Barrel Craft Market in association with Bodytonic. The event will celebrate Irish craft makers, giving them the opportunity to showcase their skills and exhibit their artisan products. There will be a wide range of stalls, making this a great chance to get a head start on your Christmas shopping, and to purchase some truly unique gifts for family and friends. For those fretting about the weather, the market will be fully covered thankfully, and to make things even better, it will be free in.


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What should one expect when visiting? To name just a few, there will be a range of leatherwork from Garvan De Bruir, contemporary art from Hens Teeth Print, tableware from Slated, knitwear from Liadain Aiken, and even a cobbler. Different live music will be playing each day, from DJ Ben Bix to more traditional Irish folk music from Corner Boy. There is even a barber shop available.


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Jameson will be offering complimentary tastings at their Black Barrel bar. For those still learning about whiskey, Jameson Black Barrel is made from a blend of rich pot still and a small batch grain whiskey that has been matured in flame charred black barrels. One should expect flavours of spice, nutty notes, vanilla sweetness, and exotic fruits such as nectarines and apricots.

Food and coffee will also be available from The Big Blue Bus, who will be selling a wide range of stone baked pizzas.

Jameson will be doing special talks and demonstrations with some of their top men. Master Cooper Ger Buckley, a 5th generation Midleton cooper, will give a demo each day about cask repair and assemblage. He oversees the supply and maintenance of around 1 million casks, ensuring that they are always in peak condition.


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Kevin O’Gorman, Jameson’s Master of Maturation, will talk about the world of oak on Friday night. Expect to learn a lot about cask types and their associated whiskey aromas and tastes.

At the end of the craft market each day, it will be business as usual in The Bernard Shaw.


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Jameson is hosting the world’s most exciting film competition, the Jameson First Shot. The competition was originally launched with Kevin Spacey and producer Dana Brunetti from Trigger Street Productions five years ago. Trigger Street Productions are responsible for making the likes of The Social Network, Captain Phillips, and the Emmy award winning House of Cards. Previous First Shot winners have directed Adrien Brody in their short films “The Library Book”, “Boredom”, and “The Mascot”.

They are on the lookout for gifted, undiscovered filmmakers, with compelling stories that are important to them. It gives aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to turn their script into a short film, starring with none other than Maggie Gyllenhaal and premiered in Los Angeles. Having starred in massive films like Donnie Darko and The Dark Knight, she offers the following advice to entrants: “Put a little bit of your actual self into what you’re doing – good art takes vulnerability”.

Kevin Spacey knows how hard it is for young talent to break into the film industry. The competition is about nurturing and mentoring the next generation of film makers. Spacey’s mentor, Jack Lemmon, gave him some sage advice long ago: “If you’ve been successful at the career you wanted, it is your obligation to send the elevator back down”, but those elevator doors will be closing for entrants on the 4th January 2016 at 17:00 GMT.

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